Christmas in November for New Caney Teachers

Each fall, volunteers with the New Caney ISD Education Foundation board a bus and surprise a number of teachers with grants that make classrooms more magical, lessons more hands-on and school more exciting. It’s like Christmas morning,according to Executive Director, Michele Dykstra.
This year, the procession began early on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Members of the foundation’s F.A.N. (Funding Academic inNovation) Club made a day of heading to 15 schools in the district and doling out awards.
“We get a drum line and get the pompoms,” Dykstra said. “We bring the noise. We want teachers to know we’re their biggest fans.  

At Bens Branch Elementary School, Stephanie Sapp received $3,325 to create a virtual reality experience in her classroom, while at Sorters Mill Elementary school Manieka Duplantis was granted $4,600 for “Drumming Into Fitness,” an exercise program that incorporates rhythm and drum kits.
Foundation grants this year made it possible for elementary schools to gain outdoor classrooms, butterfly gardens, music equipment, literacy courses, tools to promote STEM skills, fiber art supplies, robotics and maker kits.
Julie Jeffs at Kings Manor Elementary received two grants — $4,755 for her “Aruba, Jamaica Ooohh I Wanna Take Ya ” summer reading program and $1,100 for special chapter books to help children with comprehension challenges.
Grants at New Caney middle schools provided for DrumFit courses and STEM equipment, including robots, updated technology and power tools. Keefer Crossing’s Nicole Lilly received $1,758 to build a cooking club, complete with all the necessary kitchen supplies, while Woodridge Forest’s Michelle Wilcox gained $4,944 to create a “learning lounge,’ with café tables and chairs, floor pillows and lap desks.
At the high school level, grants will support a model rocket team, a math hub and physical training equipment for the JROTC.
Porter High’s Matthew Busby received $4,966 to create a community emergency response team, with classroom lockdown kits, tents, cots, triage and medical responder supplies, blankets, trauma packs, tools, folding shovels and hurricane response packs. Dykstra said that about 63 percent of the school district is economically disadvantaged.

Source: Conroe Courier