School Moore grants announced

Shenandoah County Public Schools has announced recipients of grants for 2016 from the estate of Helen Moore, a resident of Strasburg, valued at more than $3 million. This year, 15 grants were awarded totaling $121,550.

There are two categories of Moore grants, the Moore Educational Trust Instructional Grant, which funds classroom projects, learning labs and enrichment programs; and the Moore Educational Trust Professional Development Grant, which funds teacher travel, teacher study, enrichment workshops and seminars.

North Fork Middle School received four fully funded grants:

• Net Zero Science 6 classroom for sixth-grade science students to find ways to use alternative energy in schools – $13,227
• Diving into Aquaculture program – $13,001.
• Ride Like a Champion program teaches students lifetime fitness – $11,237
• Wheel It On In USA BMX Challenge program – $2,033

Other grants were awards to:

Central High School
• The Smart music program: partially funded for $8,000.
• Genius Bar for students and staff to create a support system for computers, software and hardware. It will have regular hours supported by shifts of two or three students at a time. – fully funded for $7,878

Stonewall Jackson High School
• Room 21C video and audio production program – fully funded for $3,193

Triplett Tech
• Summer academy program – partially funded for $13,000

Ashby Lee Elementary School
• Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, sponsored by the Dollywood Foundation, mails a free book to children every month until they turn 5 – partially funded for $5,000

Ashby Lee, W.W. Robinson and Sandy Hook elementary schools
• Books by Mail reading program: fully funded for $6,500

Central High and Peter Muhlenberg Middle
• Electric Strings Project: partially funded for $12,007

Sandy Hook Elementary School
• On the Move with Bella: an animal assisted therapy program – partially funded for $1,000

Professional Grants:

• Sandy Hook Elementary School: Kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers will attend an instructional coaching conference by Jim Knight, April 4-5 – fully funded for $7,939
• Peter Muhlenberg Middle School: Virginia Quality Standards Rating Program – fully funded for $5,130.
• Peter Muhlenberg, Central High, Strasburg High, Signal Knob Middle and North Fork Middle: a course on repairing stringed instruments, fully funded for $12,406