Posted by: Kallie Sulanke  | Feb/22/2019

Teachers Awarded $5,307 for Classroom Projects

Delaware County teachers will receive $5,306.94 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. Funded projects are creative or innovative classroom projects designed to stimulate learning in students. All Delaware County teachers are invited to apply during any of the four grant cycles.

Awards for the third cycle of this school year include:

Thomas Arnold, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, was awarded $250 to teach high school juniors about American History through a project that proposes the expansion of the National Parks System. Students will be presented with six proposed national parks, each focusing on a different historical time period and geographic area. Students will research the historical and environmental issues associated with a new national park and present their findings through a folding display.

Beth Buehler and Carol Burt, East Washington Academy, were awarded $450 to teach fourth-grade students about the history of Muncie and how the local history fits into the context of Indiana’s history as a state. After learning about the gas boom of the 1800s and its impact on the glass industry, students will create their own decorative glass tile.

Beth Buehler, East Washington Academy, was awarded $446 to use Rubik’s Cubes to reinforce math skills and teach grit to fourth grade students. Because Rubik’s Cubes are not simple to solve, students will be forced to embrace a challenging situation. Together they will talk about strategies to stay calm and problem solve to overcome these struggles and relate them to other areas of their life.

Bethany Clegg, Burris Laboratory School, was awarded $428 to incorporate performing circus arts into fifth- through eighth-grade physical education classes. Through juggling and balancing activities, students will improve their hand-eye coordination and practice static and dynamic balance. Students will also have the opportunity to perform their new skills during the school’s spring community arts night.

Courtney Crabtree and Sarah Hill, Cowan Elementary School, were awarded $449.95 to create a community wide STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) event for students from kindergarten through sixth-grade and their families. STEAM night, which will include eight different STEAM activities, will be a culmination to a week of kindergarten classroom lessons focusing on what STEAM is and careers that use STEAM skills.

Mason Fulton, Wes-Del Middle/High School, was awarded $325 to use forensics to engage high school juniors in U.S. history by turning the classroom into Dealy Plaza following the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. Students will take on the role of crime scene investigators by collecting and evaluating evidence. They will also learn more about careers in history and science from a crime scene investigator, a forensic psychologist, and from watching video clips with expert advice on the situation.

Sarah Hill and Melanie Morgan, Cowan Elementary School, were awarded $186 to pair high school anatomy students with kindergarteners to explore the life cycle of a butterfly. Together the students will describe the changes the butterfly goes through and the importance of each of those changes. Students will also make a connection from the changes of the butterfly to changes they experienced during the year.

Sarah Hill, Cowan Elementary School, was awarded $450 to introduce and expand the knowledge of coding to kindergartners using Ozobot. In addition to practicing coding digitally, students will write coding symbols on paper to guide this special robot that allows for easier interaction between the coding world and kindergartners.

Elizabeth Jarvi, Longfellow Elementary School, was awarded $450 to explore the lifecycle of plants with kindergarteners. After learning about plant life cycles through reading, activities, and videos, students will observe the life cycle by planting their own seed indoors and transplanting the seed outdoors in a school garden.

Chelsie King, Cowan Elementary School, was awarded $440 to create a classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Lab for kindergartener. The student-centered stations will promote discovering problems, questioning, problem-solving, and collaboration. The STEM Lab will include both teacher-facilitated and independent activities that will be completed using a variety of manipulatives and educational toys.

Stephanie Lennon, Yorktown High School, was awarded $330 to use speed dating concepts to teach high school juniors and seniors in advanced placement environmental science about biomes. After thoroughly, and independently, researching their assigned biomes, students will create a biome hat reflecting the unique characteristics of their biome. Students will then teach one another about their biomes by personifying their biome during 13 2-minute rounds modeled after speed dating.

Candace Neal, Cowan Elementary School, was awarded $285 to illustrate the concepts of forces and energy to seventh-grade students. Students will test and analyze scientific principles such as elastic and gravitational potential energy, action/reaction, and transfer of kinetic energy using six simple toys.

Susan Page, Wes-Del Elementary School, was awarded $164 to enhance fourth-grade students’ skills in writing, speaking, listening, and media through the creation of short public service announcements. The finished products will be shared with the entire elementary school community.

Sarah Reason and Beth Buehler, East Washington Academy, were awarded $119 to use Harry Potter to teach fourth- and fifth-graders about science and language. Students will learn about circuits and create a wand that lights up a bulb. They will then use famous Greek and Latin roots to develop “magic spells” that could be cast with their illuminated wand.

Sarah Reason, East Washington Academy, was awarded $95 to give fourth- and fifth-grade students an opportunity to express their identities in the form of masks. In conjunction with reading of the novel “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio, students will examine the way various characters put on both physical and metaphorical masks as part of their identities. While creating their own masks, they will make choices about what they want to show others, and what they want to conceal, about themselves.

Rebecca Swander, Jordan Kerkhoff, Beth Holcomb, Jackie McKinney, Natalie Gard, Jennifer Boone, Malia Sandberg, and Lisa Stephenson, Yorktown Elementary School, were awarded $438 to teach the scientific method and nutrition concepts to fifth-grade students through an animal feeding project. Using lab rats, students will witness the effect of nutrition on growth by setting up a valid scientific experiment, collecting data, and analyzing the results.

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 simply show their support for K-12 education in Delaware County.

The final deadline for Bell Grants in the 2018-2019 school year is April 1, 2019. For more information about Bell Grants applications and the Robert P. Bell Teacher Grants Fund, contact Carly Acree King, Program Officer at Information is also available at