Four grants to enhance instruction for Wissahickon students were approved at the May 31st, 2016 meeting of the Wissahickon Educational Opportunities Foundation (WEOF). The grants totaling nearly $14,000 include:
- $5,178 awarded to both Wissahickon High School and Middle Schools to fund Rachel’s Challenge assemblies for the school community. Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit organization that provides powerful programs to raise awareness and deepen a sense of community through identity, security, and belongingness. The organization values positive characteristics similar to those demonstrated by Rachel Scott, first victim killed in the tragic 1999 Columbine School shootings, and engages schoolwide audiences. Funding will also support an evening parent/community program and training for 50 students (25 from each of the 2 schools) who were nominated to serve as a member of Friends of Rachel (FOR). The purpose of FOR is to implement strategies gained from the assembly and develop activities to build a permanent structure of kindness, compassion, and inclusion at WHS and WMS.
- $500 awarded to Stephanie Leister, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, to purchase a buzzer system to better prepare for the National Geographic and History bees. Students do not have the opportunity to practice with a buzzer system before attending the competitions, and find it to be a stressful situation when encountering them for the first time at the actual competition. Practicing with the buzzers will aid in their success! Students in all grade levels can also use these systems for other programs, such as Math Counts, the Element Bee, etc.
- $7,813 awarded to Robin Martino, Blue Bell Physical Education & Heath Teacher, to support the construction of a rock climbing wall. The project will include a traverse climbing wall which is climbed horizontally and will be used to support fitness instruction for all 400+ kindergarten through fifth grade students at Blue Bell.
- $457 awarded to 6th grade teacher, Caeli Duke, to purchase a buzzer system called Eggsbert. The buzzers can be used by all 6th grade teachers to energize class review and add pizzazz to daily activities. Eggspert’s two fun game modes—Quiz Show and Wheel of Fortune—spice up math facts drills, spelling bees, and quiz games on any subject. Using the wireless Teacher Remote, the instructor can set Eggspert’s lights in motion, choose players, select fun sound effects, and even adjust response times—whether at her desk or anywhere in the classroom. Because student response buttons are wireless too, students can buzz in from their desks—even at the back of the class. Great for differentiated instruction!