Educational endowment funds Warren school grants

The Warren County Educational Endowment has announced it awarded $37,650 of grant money to Warren County Public Schools.

The money, which endowment President Doug Stanley said was calculated from five percent of the value of the endowment this year, will fund 10 grants at all grade levels.

Included are nearly $9,690 for 20 iPads at Warren County Middle School, $2,000 to purchase used books for children living in low income house, and $4,100 for high interest/low readability books for struggling and reluctant middle school readers.

“[They] get people thinking out of the box,” Stanley said. “I think this year we received over 30 applications.”

Finalists were chosen after the endowment committee reviewed grants and listened to presentations. They chose programs that are innovative and have potential of becoming mainstays in the school district, said Superintendent Pamela McInnis.

At least three quarters of past grants funded by the endowment are still in place in schools, she said.

Receiving $700, the Love and Logic Facilitator Curriculum plans to provide materials and classes to help parents teach their children personal responsibility and respect in ways that reinforce love.

The cost will cover course materials and train grant writer Lesley Detweiler, a counselor at A.S. Rhodes Elementary School and Ressie Jeffries Elementary School in Front Royal, to facilitate the six-week course.

The curriculum encompasses issues that parents of children up to high school age might face at some point in their children’s lives.

“Self-esteem concerns come up a lot … and just general social skills,” Detweiler said.

“[The program is] based on providing the opportunities for kids to make choices and to learn from those choices, whether it be positive or negative,” she said.

The program is based on one already happening in schools, but will offer some new techniques, Detweiler said. Classes are due to begin in February, and she hopes to be able to accommodate up to 50 parents from all county elementary schools.

Other grant money will fund an online English resource to boost language arts skills among eighth grade students of diverse abilities; a math and language arts program to purchase class licenses for four fourth grade classes at Hilda J. Barbour and help improve math and language arts achievement at local, state and national levels; a 3D printer at Warren County High School; new simulation in the Nurse Aide Station at Blue Ridge Technical Center; and a fourth year class of the biomedical science class at Blue Ridge Tech.

Glad for support that the endowment can offer each year, McGinnis said the money serves the needs of individual teachers that otherwise would not be able to fund start-up projects.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com