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Grants awarded to 11 school projects

Director of Elementary Education Stacey Leitzel, left foreground, and Superintendent Jeremy Raley, left background, present North Fork Middle School physical education teachers Melanie Woods and Fred Hannah with a $18,180 check. The money, covered by the Helen Moore grant, will fully fund a total body fitness system. Photo courtesy of Shenandoah County Public Schools. (Buy photo)

By Ryan Cornell

Grants totaling $110,250 were awarded to 11 projects in Shenandoah County Public Schools on Thursday.

The grants are funded through the Moore Educational Trust, which annually funds projects, labs and enrichment programs for students as well as travel, study, workshops and seminars for teachers.

The recipients of the 2014 grants include:

Melanie Woods, physical education teacher at North Fork Middle School, for the purchase of the ENERGI Jr. Total Body Fitness System. The outdoor system provides a complete body workout for all students at the school to work on their strength, flexibility and balance. The $18,180 grant will fully fund the fitness system.

A. Paje Cross, culinary arts teacher at Triplett Tech, for six raised flower and plant beds and a walking path with lighting. Students at the school will help in the masonry, carpentry and electricity of the installation. The $4,500 grant will partially fund the organization, planning and construction of the garden center.

Trey Loker, third grade teacher at Ashby Lee Elementary School, for the transformation of the school's sunken area into a interactive learning environment. The $17,168 grant will fully fund the purchase of soundproof partitions, chairs and materials.

Other projects include the Parenting with Love and Logic classes at Preschool Center ($5,035), Flipped Classrooms program at Central High School ($10,185), Super Experiences for Super Kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School ($1,340), Computer Controlled Workshop at Central High School ($5,800), Technology Initiative for Real World Readiness and Better Student Learning at Central High School ($15,029), travel expenses for the National Association for Gifted Children Convention ($5,037) and funds for the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Regional Math Conference ($13,657).

Superintendent Jeremy Raley said the grants have been awarded for about six or seven years.

"It's a very positive thing for our schools," he said. "...for us to go above and beyond what the school usually provides."

The benefactor of the trust, Helen Moore, was a resident of Strasburg. When she died in 2002, she left her estate, valued at more than $3 million, to benefit the students of Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

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