The Warren County Educational Endowment recently awarded grants to county schools.  Shown here are, from left, Doug Stanley, Endowment president; schools  Superintendent Greg Drescher; School Board Chair Cathy Bowerr; Endowment Board members Sue Ann Fox and Mark Jordon.

The Warren County Educational Endowment awarded 11 grants totaling $46,450 to Warren County Public Schools.

This school year, the Endowment is funding projects related to STEM, supporting students' mental health, supporting at-risk elementary students, adding a dual-enrolled program, agriculture in the classroom, specialized technology for students with special needs, and supporting true-to-life economic lessons for special-needs students.

Grants were awarded for the following projects:

• Equitable Access to Books and Increased Comprehension Through the Use of Audiobooks: $600, Warren County Middle School.

• Flexible Seating for a Special-Needs Classroom: $600, Warren County Middle School.

• Friday Coffee Cart: $650, Warren County Middle School. The cart will be operated by Tier III extensive-needs students to teach real-life application of counting money, customer service, shopping and money management.

• Read and Write for Google Chrome, $1,800, Warren County Middle School.

• Educational Opportunities for Our Future Medical Community: $15,000, Skyline High School. The funding will provide a 50 percent match to purchase equipment to partner with Lord Fairfax Community College for dual-enrolled anatomy and physiology classes.

• Spreading Roots – A Non-Traditional Approach to School Gardening: $2,500, Diversified Minds/Brighter Futures. The project will fund the purchase of equipment and supplies to create an organic vegetable garden at the Health and Human Services Complex.

• B.I.G. (Boys Into Gentlemen): $2,500, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. The project will serve between eight to 10 at-risk boys in fourth and five grades by providing opportunities for leadership, mentoring and community involvement.

• The Future Is Now – Bringing Imagination Into Reality: $5,000, Skyline Middle School. The project funds the purchase of equipment for a TinkerLab.

• Improving STEM Learning for Skyline Students: $2,800, Skyline High School.

• STEAM TinkerLab: $5,000, Warren County Middle School.

• Mental Health First Aid: $10,000, school-division wide. The grant provides funding for an eight-hour training for teachers and other staff of an action plan for crisis and non-crisis situations.

The Warren County Educational Endowment awards grants. Pictures, left to right, Doug Stanley, WCEE President; School Superintendent Greg Drescher; Cathy Bower, School Board Chair; WCEE board members Sue Ann Fox and Mark Jordon. Courtesy photo