Three Springfield public schools and the school district were awarded classroom innovation grants totaling $8,393.80 as part of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program.
These grants are intended to support programming and teaching methods that foster an environment of innovation and creativity for students. The programs should reflect the changes taking place in education and the workforce to adapt to 21st century learning using creativity, communication and collaboration. The volunteer grant review panel included Lisa Spragg, Ronald Ponds and Julie Brown.
The grants were awarded to:0
- Central High School: $1,989.80 for “Three Cheers for Three C’s,” to create two alternative learning spaces called the Creative Collaboration Commons for students and staff to work on projects.
- Sherwood Elementary: $1,779 for “Razzing Even More Kids to Read Everything From A-Z,” a literacy program designed to more closely mirror students’ individual reading levels.
- Hickory Hills Middle School: $2,500 for “Making Pies with Technology,” a software-based instructional program to build math skills using pie charts.
- Springfield Public Schools: $2,125 for “Summer Social Skills Class,” a collaboration with Burrell Behavioral Health to teach five summer school classes based on social skills such as coping and communication.
These grants complete the 2014-15 Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program, which awarded $223,393.80 for community response challenge grants, early childhood, innovation, arts and culture and classroom innovations. The community response challenge grants are expected to leverage an additional $100,000 in matching funds.