This grant provides funding for a year for an online sentence diagramming program to help students learn sentence syntax patterns appropriate to their grade level. This contributes to their ability to edit their work and the work of their peers, defend their editorial decisions with absolute logic and improve success rates on multiple-choice tests with questions about usage, mechanics, and rhetorical skills.
Enhanced Engagement in Remote Learning
FR, SU | Grace Volpe, Holly Shreve, & Sharon Lemont
This grant allows for the purchasing 50 sets of Fundations letter tiles and magnet boards to support students who are striving towards mastering foundational reading skills. Kits will be loaned to families to use in hybrid and remote learning and then be returned to GD when instruction returns to typical practice.
Outdoor Sensory Breaks
B, FR, SU, GDRMS | Clare Gribi, AnneMarie Lanctot, Alison Sancinito, Laura Taylor, Ann Russo, & Chrissy Conway
This grant is for the purchase of equipment, paint and reusable stencils to make creative hardscape designs to create spaces for students to “remain together while apart” as well as spaces to connect with peers in positive ways.
Standing Desks/ Flexible Workstations
GDRMS | Tracy Weeks & Brenda Hoag
GDEF will purchase as a pilot, 5 standing desks with swinging foot bars, and tall stools that allow students to reduce sitting times and provide them the opportunity to change positions when required to stay in a limited physical area.
2020-21 Mini Grants
Jon Mattleman - Minding Your Mind
SEPAC | Katie Leonard
Jon Mattleman, a mental health counselor for over 35 years will give a dynamic presentation Oct 8, 2020 on returning to school and resilience. He will address the mental health warning signs in our children, how to establish routine but stay flexible, and the importance of kindness during COVID-19.
HS | Mark Rocheleau
GDEF is sponsoring the Robotomies Club once again to support in STEM learning. The sponsorship will help to cover the entry fees and supplies needed to create a competitive robot. We wish them luck!
Boutwell | Andrea Barrett
Tents were purchased for Boutwell to assist in outdoor learning spaces for the preschoolers. The tents are meant provide shade/shelter and a designated area to do small group play, learning, and therapy activities.
Fourth Grade Reading
SU| Genevre Jankowski, Sue Wynn, Peggy Fournier
This grant includes yoga mats and scoop chairs to allow for flexible seating. Chairs and mats can easily be moved outside for learning. These also allow for alternate seating in the classroom within each child's 6 foot area. The seats and chairs will continue to be utilized in a post Covid environment.