In its first year, the Boyd Education Foundation awarded almost $10,000 in grants. Presentations were made in May at Sweet Rewards Night, which also included a speaker, art show and silent auction.
The following grants were awarded to be used in the 2013-2014 school year.
Nelda Cope at Boyd Intermediate School was awarded $1,500 for Odyssey of the Mind, a program with creative problem-solving activities that support higher level thinking, creative thinking and promote team building. Teams will solve a “long-term” problem and present their solution in a regional tournament. There is possible advancement to state and world finals in this program.
High school teacher Scott Rawlings received a $454 grant for Vet Tech Laboratory Aides. The grant will allow him to purchase the following supplies: pig dissection lab, animal cell slides, cow reproductive model, feline jaw model and vet kit and stethoscope.
Mario Rondon was awarded a grant for Manipulate Your Future. The $1,397.37 grant will allow for the purchase of 20 copies of Photoshop Elements 11, one Photshop CS6 Extended and one color printer. Students will use this in art, photography, computer applications and yearbook, as well as in creating a personal portfolio for potential employers.
Another grant, Rockin’ Art, was awarded to middle school teacher Lydia Carter to purchase 22 copies of Photoshop Elements 11 for that campus. The amount was $933.36.
High school teacher Robin Nobles was awarded a $2,019.76 grant for a Visual Arts Studio Enrichment Project. This will provide for a visual art curriculum framework that is student-centered, interdisciplinary and cross-curricular in nature. It also includes professional studio equipment to accommodate each student in the art room.
Several high school teachers were awarded a $3,506.60 grant for E-books for English, which will give students access to literary works and reference materials. Teachers hope this will improve the students’ ability to analyze and interpret text through the enhancements that electronic books provide. Teachers involved with this project include Lisa Warren, Melissa Allsup, Amy Wilson, Gail Smith and Tonya Flowers.