Posted by: Kallie Sulanke  | Oct/4/2019

Teachers Awarded $4,885 for Creative and Innovative Classroom Projects

Students in Sarah Hill’s Cowan Elementary School kindergarten class combined literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) by asking students to create physical solutions to problems presented in classic storybooks as part of a Robert P. Bell Education Grant awarded late last school year.

Twelve local teachers will receive $4,885 for 16 projects in Robert P. Bell Education Grants from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. Across the county, 1,000s of students benefit from Bell Education Grants each year.

Awards of up to $450 are available through the Bell Grants program. Teachers in public and private K-12 schools in Delaware County, Ind. are invited to apply for this competitive funding throughout the school year to enhance learning in their classrooms. Teachers may apply for as many unique creative classroom projects as they can imagine during each of the four application cycles. Grant applications are reviewed blindly by a committee of fellow educators. Funded projects are creative or innovative classroom projects designed to stimulate learning in students.

Awards for the first cycle of this school year include:

Thomas Arnold, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities - Exploring American Patriotism in 19th Century Plates and Platters - $83

Karen Bouw, Cowan Elementary School - Surface Temperature Investigation - $401

Katrina Gibson, Cowan Elementary School - Little Hands Learning Big Things - $448

Katrina Gibson, Cowan Elementary School - Interactive Interventions - $443

Katrina Gibson, Cowan Elementary School - I Learn the Material for the ILEARN - $447

Andrew Hacker, North View Elementary School - Music with Ukuleles - $419

Sarah Hill, Cowan Elementary School - Critical Thinking through Games in Kindergarten - $347

Sarah Hill, Cowan Elementary School - Incorporating the Arts Into Direct Reading and Phonics Instruction - $340

Philip Lobo, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities - Collaborative Poetry - $55

Rusty Lumpkin, Cowan Jr/Sr High School - Fire From Music. (Rubens Tube) - $120

Donna Marlatt, Northside Middle School - What's Your Word? - $230

Stacy Morton, Southside Middle School - Tazón de Chocolate - $154

Candace Neal, Cowan Jr/Sr High School - Visualizing the Properties of Water - $297

Candace Neal, Cowan Jr/Sr High School - Biochemical Construction - $410

Janelle Romo, Wes-Del Elementary - Board Games in Math Intervention - $450

Pam Stults, Pleasant View Elementary - Tulips: A Prelude to Spring - $235

Bell Grants are funded through the Robert P. Bell Teacher Grants Fund at The Community Foundation. This fund ensures that teachers have access to grants to help engage their students in meaningful ways for years to come. Individuals can contribute to the endowment fund to memorialize a special teacher, honor a retiring teacher or teacher celebrating a work anniversary, or to show their support for K-12 education in Delaware County.

The second deadline for Bell Grants in the 2019-2020 school year is November 1, 2019. Applications are now available online at cfmdin.org on October 1. For more information about Bell Grants applications and the Robert P. Bell Teacher Grants Fund, contact Carly Acree King, Program Officer at cacreeking@cfmdin.org. Information is also available at cfmdin.org/bellgrants.

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Caption: Students in Sarah Hill’s Cowan Elementary School kindergarten class combined literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) by asking students to create physical solutions to problems presented in classic storybooks as part of a Robert P. Bell Education Grant awarded late last school year.