(Pictured from left to right) Front
Row: Laura Pace (VEF Board Member), Vicki Porter (VTEC)
Back Row: Dr. Marroquin (RHS), John Davis (Oak Grove), Jeff Hohne (MWHS), Adolfo Reyes (SHS), Rick Hamilton (GWHS), Julie Berk (Linwood), Rosa Montoya (Four Creeks), Susan Wallace-Sims (Golden Oak)
VEF 2013 Mini Grant Recipients Announced
The Visalia Education Foundation (VEF) would like to congratulate the
2013 VEF Mini Grant recipients. VUSD
staff and principals applied for and received Mini Grants to cover all or a
portion of the expenses for their school project(s).
All together VEF awarded $5,414.95. VEF Board Member Laura Pace announced winners and presented the Mini Grant check(s) to school principals (see photo above) at the regularly scheduled December 4, 2013, principals' meeting.
Congratulations to all our recipients!
Nancy Shelton - $500
Oak Grove Elementary School
Project: 7th Grade Exploring Orienteering
Challenging outdoor activity using a detailed topographic map and compass to navigate through terrain. This develops critical thinking skills and increases physical fitness.
Cynthia Zylstra - $500
El Diamante High School
Project: Special Ed Life Skills
Provides "Days to Apply What We Have Learned" Students have the opportunity to go out into the community to visit and participate at a grocery store, restaurant, using local bus transportation.
Neils Burgess - $500
Sequoia High School
Project: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club
This sport provides an excellent energy outlet in a structured, supervised and safe setting which allows students from challenging backgrounds to see the direct connections between applied focus and results.
Donald Thornburg - $500
Visalia Early College High School
Project: Aquaponics Pilot Project
Aquaponics is a food production system using one or more aquatic
animals and the water to grow crops without soil. Addresses areas of future concern, shrinking
ag areas, constant need to enrich roil and limited water supply.
Gayle Bingaman - $500
Four Creeks Elementary
Project: Garden Club
Students will plant flowers to beautify the campus and raise a variety of vegetables in three raised garden containers while learning about soil, plants, measuring, drawing and noting details of observation in class.
Ed Campos, Jr. - $500
Visalia Charter Independent Study
Project: Mobile Movie Studio
Accessories that will enable students to transform iPads into mobile movie studios, where students can film, edit and publish professional grade high definition quality video for various projects
Achory Marton - $450
Sequoia High School
Project: Cross Country Team
First ever at Sequoia, this program will influence students to adopt healthy habits, improve self-discipline, and increase accountability to themselves and their team.
Steven Post - $479.95
Redwood High School
Project: Roboticists for Tomorrows Job Market
Robotics has grown into a full-time discipline in which universities award engineering degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Engineering. These materials help our students learn and compete in these areas.
Lori Irvine - $335
Linwood Elementary School
Project: Friday Science Club
4th - 6th grade students meet on Fridays in three-week sessions to ask questions about science concepts and then seek their own answers through scientific experimentation
Tina Mitchell - $350
Four Creeks Elementary School
Project: Kindergarten Writing/Science:
Provide Kindergarten students with opportunities to write about science through concrete experiences, informative text and technology and is tied to the Common Core Standards in writing and science
Erik Johnson - $400
Golden Oak Elementary
Project: Bluegrass Band Instruments
Bluegrass band is ready to grow, instruments are needed including two mandolins. This will allow more students to participate and learn how to play traditional American music by ear.
Josette Hendrick - $400
Project: Where I Am From
Using digital cameras students will tell their story, think creatively and engage in issues that are important to them, their community and the world.
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