Grants

The Education Foundation relies on the generous support of individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to provide the funding required for these grants. We sincerely thank the supporters of the fundraising events.

 

Books

Awarded April 2016:


$537 to DES Kindergarten to construct a "Kindergarten Readiness Bag" to give to each prospective student at kindergarten registration.

The Kindergarten Readiness Bag has proven to be a successful tool over the past several years. It provides families the opportunity to engage in activities that assist students in preparing for kindergarten. Many of the materials can be used in the home throughout the student's kindergarten year.


$1095 to DES First Grade for Chromebooks.

This is a tool intended to enhance the explicit instruction students receive from teachers in the classroom through engaging activities. With a “cart” of five Chromebooks available in our building students would have safe Internet access to provide varied learning opportunities without leaving the classroom.


$596 to KES Second Grade for tablets to provide daily independent learning.

Second Grade teachers are looking for economical ways to use technology in the classroom in an effort to meet student learning needs and foster academic growth in each student. Samsung Tablets would be a great addition to the existing technology in second grade classrooms.


$110 to KES ESL for a one year subscription to Raz-Kids.com.

Raz-Kids offers access to a library of interactive e-books with 29 different levels of reading difficulty. Students access their e-books in an interactive, kid friendly environment where they can listen to the content while viewing the highlighted words and phrases. In addition, the students can record themselves while reading the book; this helps to promote fluency for ELs.


$233 to KES Physical Education Department for Wii and Just Dance games.

Dance is a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. It has a wide range of physical benefits that include improved cardiovascular endurance, an increase in muscular strength and endurance, improved balance and spatial awareness, and an increase in physical confidence due to motor skill improvement. Dance also has some mental benefits that include an improved general and psychological wellbeing, greater self confidence and self-esteem, and better social skills. The use of dance in the physical education setting assists in meeting Illinois State Learning Goals 19, 20, 21, 23, and 24.


$589 to Genoa Elementary Special Education Department for an adaptive swing.

We have students at GES who use wheelchairs, gait trainers, and walkers, or may have balance or other motor issues. There are limited resources for students with such disabilities during outside recess at GES. The adaptive swing will provide students with disabilities the opportunity to actively enjoy recess at GES with their peers.


$1633 to GKMS Sixth Grade for Scholastic Scope Classroom Magazine.

Throughout this school year, we have been able to use the Scope magazines in a variety of settings. Many teachers use the old issues of Scope during WIN to work on additional skills, and to enhance our instruction in many areas. For example, we have used the debate articles in the Scope to support and teach the students how to do a live debate. We have also used evidence from the texts we have read to build on our formal essay writing in the expository and persuasive forms..


$2100 to GKMS Technology Class for VEX Robotics Kits.

In the second year of PLTW's implementation (2016-17) we plan on having all of our 8th grade students take Automation and Robotics as a course. In Automation and Robotics students will learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students will use the VEX Robotics platform to design, build and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.


$2100 to GKMS Eighth Grade for student access to Newsela Pro.

Newsela provides access to nonfiction texts about current events. In addition, it allows all students to read the same content, but Newsela allows teachers to differentiate for each student by selecting between five Lexile levels. Students can be assigned CCSS-aligned questions and writing assignments, and teachers are able to monitor student progress on each standard. Finally, Newsela offers teachers high-interest text sets that all focus on a common theme to help develop students' critical thinking skills.


$400 GKMS Music Department for a Yamaha 5.1 Bluetooth Digital AV Receiver.

Over the course of the last 3 years, the Genoa Kingston Middle School Music program has increased in size by over 100%. We are absolutely thrilled that we are offering high quality music education to the families in the surrounding communities. Numerous studies have shown that participation in quality music education programs benefits students in many ways.


$993 to GKHS Drama Department for wireless microphones.

This grant will provide funding for 2 Audio Technica ATW 3110B Transmitter/Receivers and 2 Countryman B3 microphones.The Genoa-Kingston Drama Department is an extra-curricular group that strives to provide educational theater opportunities in both on stage and technical capacities. The drama department and International Thespian Society Troupe #867 have worked hard to provide a quality theatrical experience for both the students involved in our fall and spring productions as well as for our audience. This equipment will allow more performers to be heard clearly on stage in future productions.


$1670 to GKHS Music Department for music stands with pencil clips and a stand rack.

The GKHS Band program will have over 100 students enrolled starting at the beginning of next year. Currently we only have 60 music stands. These stands are also used by all band students 5th grade through high school for all band concerts as well as when we host the Big Northern Conference Band Festival.


$1600 to GKHS Learning Center for books.

"Information changes rapidly in our technologically driven and dynamic world. I am asking for all or part of our grant to be funded for this very reason. Not only does an extensive and rich collection of literature and resource materials benefit our students academically, it also helps them grow emotionally and as human beings. Our students are hungry for fiction and nonfiction books that are current and relevant to their lives and that help them succeed in their educational journey."

Tara Wilkins - GKHS Librarian


 

 

 

Books

Awarded April 2015:


$321 to DES Kindergarten to construct a "Kindergarten Readiness Bag" to give to each prospective student at kindergarten registration.

The Kindergarten Readiness Bag has proven to be a successful tool over the past several years. It provides families the opportunity to engage in activities that assist students in preparing for kindergarten. Many of the materials can be used in the home throughout the student's kindergarten year. Several components of the Kindergarten Readiness Bag are made by the kindergarten team to save expenses.


$492 to DES Kindergarten and First Grade Bilingual for Hokki stools.

The Hokki stools are ergonomic and transform stationary sitting into an activity. Students are often deprived of critical physical and sensory experiences that are essential for physical and mental growth. Students forced to remain still in static motion become more uncomfortable, more tired, and less productive. Physical movement increases oxygen which in turn stimulates cognition. Research has shown that the relationship between movement and brain activity leads to better academic results.


$3192 to DES Learning Center for ipads.

The use of iPads at Davenport has become an integral part of instruction in each classroom and in the learning center. The apps, which teach and reinforce fundamental literacy and math concepts and skills, are engaging, interactive and provide children with immediate feedback. The touch screen is also very developmentally appropriate for the young learners who are still developing their motor skills.


$500 to KES for a playground buddy bench.

The "buddy bench" is an idea used throughout the world, and the thought behind it is that if a student feels lonely or has nothing to do at recess that they take a seat on the bench. When another student sees this occur, they will go to the bench and ask if that student wants to play or talk. The hope of the bench is that students will be able to make new and lasting friendships.


$451 to KES Physical Education Department for volleyball and badminton equipment.

Games involving nets require the students to anticipate and make quick decisions on where to move, help develop hand eye coordination, and most importantly develop teamwork.


$510 to GES Physical Education Department for bowling equipment.

Bowling will assist students in gaining knowledge of a practical, life-long recreational activity. The presence of a bowling unit will allow the students yet another chance to see how using and learning math skills in the classroom setting can also translate into an activity in the physical education setting.


$460 to Genoa Elementary Special Education Department for Hokki Stools.

Research shows that the stools promote core stability, lower back and abdominal exercise, balance, calmness, and concentration. It will be an asset to the learning and behavior for my students who have ADHD and Autism.


$830 to GKMS for headphones and mice.

These accessories would be beneficial for the school, as a whole, especially with the addition of Chromebooks for all grade levels.
This will help to ensure success for all students with Chromebooks while completing daily assignments, research projects, and online assessments such as the PARCC. Those students who may not, financially, be capable of purchasing these accessories, will still have equal opportunity to succeed.


$1124 GKMS 6th Grade for Scholastic Scope Magazine.

This magazine would be a fantastic supplement to the main curriculum, Making Meaning. It is designed to address the Common Core with appropriate leveled complex text and a wide range of genres. The paired texts help to apply higher level thinking skills such as synthesizing, analyzing, and cross-genre connections. This magazine also supports Common Core through carefully constructed writing prompts addressing appropriate standards and key grammar concepts.


$750 to GKHS Business Department for a camera.

This grant would purchase a camera solely used by business classes and webmasters.
Student webmasters travel throughout the district and attend events. An available camera will enable more images to be taken and shared via
website/district facebook.


$1997 to GKHS Learning Center for books.

Librarians and teachers both work hard to foster a more positive and passionate attitude toward reading, as well as toward the research skills necessary to help them succeed in college and in life. These materials will help me collaborate with the teachers in sparking students' interest in reading, learning and becoming discussers of topics that will help them compete in a global society and job market. This collaboration not only builds a stronger library program, but a more competent and rich learning community overall.


 

 

 

Elmo

Awarded April 2014:


$1598 to DES First Grade and Bilingual for two Mimio Teach interactive systems.

The Mimio functions like a SMARTBOARD as it turns any white board interactive by the use of a wireless dongel and a stylus. Some of the positive benefits of the Mimio is that it is easily moved from classroom to classroom, is much more cost effective than a SMARTBOARD and research shows us that it helps improve student achievement.


$497 to DES Kindergarten to construct a "Kindergarten Readiness Bag" to give to each prospective student at kindergarten registration.

The Kindergarten Readiness Bag has proven to be a successful tool over the past several years. It provides families the opportunity to engage in activities that assist students in preparing for kindergarten. Many of the materials can be used in the home throughout the student's kindergarten year. Several components of the Kindergarten Readiness Bag are made by the kindergarten team to save expenses.


$995 to DES for the PebbleGo online research library.

PebbleGo is a research database designed specifically for grades K-3. What is special about PebbleGo is that each student has a username and password which can be accessed at school and also at home. The program has features such as videos to enhance the children's understanding of the topic they are reading. No matter what the topic, children are able to click a picture to start a video which allow them to view an animal in its environment, hear a President make a speech, or watch planets orbit the sun. There are sound profiles, games, quizzes and many more highlights to keep the children engaged.


$319 to KES Physical Education for the bSAFE bFIT! program.

The bSAFE bFIT Program will allow the students to experience a quick warm up activity each day in PE that has a physical activity and nutritional component, as well as uses the mind/brain learning principles. This program would allow the students the opportunity to get more instruction on the health related fitness components and steer away from the commonly used “warm up laps!”


$3990 to KES Second and Third Grade for iPads.

Kingston Elementary School teachers continue to incorporate technology into the classroom in an effort to meet student learning needs and foster academic growth in each student. IPADs have proven to be a great tool for students as they work independently or collaboratively with peers. This year, they have begun to work with the eSpark Learning System. eSpark is a commercial product that runs on the iPAD. It engages students in targeted independent practice through the use of specific iPAD applications. Each student uses an iPAD and eSpark daily to work on skills that have been identified based on his or her MAP test scores.


$389 to GES for Nintendo fitness and dance system.

This system will be used by students in PE classes in order to promote exercise and physical fitness through modern and familiar technology. DVD selections available such as Just Dance, Zumba Kids, Wii Fitness and Wii Yoga are offerings which provide easy to follow, interactive physical fitness. The music and interaction promote exercise as fun which can translate into students' desire to extend exercise out of school.


$1429 to Genoa-Kingston Middle School for two TT-12 Elmo document cameras.

Currently two out of the three 8th grade Language Arts classes are equipped with Elmo TT-12 Document Cameras. This technology has greatly enhanced the visual supports and interactive capabilities in both classrooms, making for more engaging classroom lessons. We are requesting one additional Elmo document camera so that all three classrooms can deliver the same kind of lessons with equal access to all 8th grade students. The second document camera was requested to enhance the experiences of students with disabilities in grades 6th, 7th and 8th in both Language Arts and Math.


$1061 to Genoa-Kingston High School Library for new fiction and nonfiction books.

"The Genoa-Kingston High School library stays afloat through grants and donations. We would be lost without organizations like DonorsChoose, philanthropic community members, and the Genoa-Kingston Education Foundation. Our current book budget is $1,000 and the total library budget is $5,000, which is spread very thin throughout the course of a school year. Our students' appetite for books is voracious, which highlights our need to provide them with cutting edge fiction and nonfiction titles to feed that hunger."

" Students who read habitually benefit in so many ways, thus the importance of obtaining materials that lure in our voracious readers, as well as those students who don't read much at all. Reading boosts literacy, helps students meet Common Core State Standards, creates better writers, and in turn, better students. Emotionally, students benefit from learning through and being inspired by literature. Books help students grow, travel, and let them privately and comfortably gain insight to who they are. This impact lasts a lifetime, so your investment will benefit many students for years to come."

Tara Wilkins - GKHS Librarian


 

 

 

Awarded April 2013:


$356 to DES First Grade for iPad applications and iPad dock connectors.

The learning apps will provide both individualized instruction and whole group instruction. The cable adapters will allow the teacher to project the iPad screen onto the larger classroom screen. Projecting the learning apps will help teach handwriting, reading, sight word recognition, math skills and more.


$838 to DES Kindergarten to construct a "Kindergarten Readiness Bag" to give to each prospective student at kindergarten registration.

The Kindergarten Readiness Bag has proven to be a successful tool over the past several years. It provides families the opportunity to engage in activities that assist students in preparing for kindergarten. Many of the materials can be used in the home throughout the student's kindergarten year. Several components of the Kindergarten Readiness Bag are made by the kindergarten team to save expenses.


$914 to DES Library for non-fiction books.

The Davenport Elementary School Library was in critical need of age-appropriate non-fiction reading materials. These books are library bound and are written at the guided reading levels appropriate for kindergarten and first grade children. They can be used as a read aloud in a class, checked out by a student to read independently or read at home to them by a parent. The visuals are high quality photographs coupled with labels and graphics readable by a young child.


$3990 to KES Second and Third Grade for 10 Apple iPads for classroom use.

Kingston Elementary School teachers strive to provide students with instruction and skill practice that meets each student's specific needs. Additionally, they like to challenge students to engage in independent creative and critical thinking, to work collaboratively with peers, and to apply learning to create quality products. iPads are becoming increasingly useful tools in helping achieve those goals.


$295 to KES Physical Education Department for "Nutri-cize The Game" and "Healthy Foods and Portions Bingo"

These games integrate health education with physical education and keep the students moving while promoting good eating habits. This funding was made possible by a grant from Kishwaukee Community Hospital.


$2157 to GES for 3 Elmo interactive document cameras.

These document cameras will enable classroom instructors to provide students with clear visual representations of instructional material, as well provide for an interactive classroom environment. Each Elmo will be used daily across all areas of academic studies to accommodate all learning modalities.


$1438 to GKMS Eighth Grade Language Arts for 2 Elmo interactive document cameras.

Unlike a traditional overhead projector, the Elmo does not require special paper or transparencies in order to operate. Teachers or students place books, papers or objects directly on the "stage" for all of the class to see.


$964 to GKMS Physical Education Department for CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training equipment.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient,and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. By utilizing this equipment the Physical Education Department will educate our students on the basics of CPR and the AED. This funding was made possible by a grant from Kishwaukee Community Hospital.


$1000 to GKMS to help educate students to maintain a healthier life style using the CATCH program.

CATCH stands for a Coordinated Approach To Child Health and is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children. This program will serve all 6th grade students at Genoa-Kingston Middle School during the 2013-2014 school year with hopes of expanding grade levels in the upcoming years. Genoa-Kingston Middle School and Kishwaukee Community Hospital will jointly design the educational lessons. This funding was made possible by a grant from Kishwaukee Community Hospital.


$1028 to GKHS Library for non-fiction books.

These books will update the current collection and help students understand how to analyze, evaluate, and eventually write about primary sources.

"Librarians and teachers collaborate to promote a passion for reading, as well as helping students build the skills and research capabilities necessary to help students excel in college and in life. These materials will help librarians and teachers work together to consider deep content, rather than focusing so much on coverage, all while sparking students' interest in learning and topics in the history of the world. This not only builds a stronger library program, but a stronger school network overall."

Tara Wilkins - GKHS Librarian

 

 

 

Awarded March 2012:


$1580 to DES Kindergarten for Tag School Reading System.

The Tag School Reading System will help build reading fluency, attitudes about reading and reading skills including sight word recognition and letter sounds. Tag software will allow for differentiation of instruction; allowing different leveled readers the opportunity to read books within the system at their reading level. We have observed that these can be highly motivational in reinforcing basic skills of students after teacher instruction.


$955 to DES First Grade for Leapster Mobile learning Center.

This technology allows the teacher to extend student learning electronically in the classroom into the additional areas of Geography, Science, Real World Math, and continue our reading fluency. The Leapster Explorer encourages students to learn from e-Books, videos, and on-line skill builders.


$2100 to KES Second Grade for 6 netbooks.

As classroom computers age and become unusable, the district is not always able to replace them. As a result, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide students with consistent access to powerful computer learning tools. Netbooks provide a low-cost alternative to full-scale computers. This mini-grant will add one netbook to each second grade classroom. These netbooks will allow second grade teachers to provide students with more consistent internet exposure.


$233 to KES Music Department for Hand Drums.

$471 to KES Physical Education Department for Cross·curricular learning tools.

"Physical education is often times looked at merely as a break in the schedule for classroom teachers; however, with new trends in cross curricular activities taking place, it is time our district steps up to the plate! Cross curricular physical education classes will keep students moving, while reinforcing other classroom subjects. At the start of the school year, I took it upon myself to begin incorporating more activities that focused on math, language arts, and health during class time. What I have found is that the students really enjoyed the activities, as have I, and I would like to continue to teach in this fashion. My goal for next year is to include bones, muscles, health, geography, language arts and math skills during even more lessons then I have this year. The best part is that the students are increasing their fitness levels, while also integrating a variety of other subject areas."

Staci Hale - KES Physical Education


$378 to the KES Guided Reading Center for an Intelli Scanner.

Given the large number of books that are in our book room and the number of new books that go into our book room each year, a scanner can be an invaluable tool. It will aid in tracking, sorting, searching, and sharing the schools book collection. This will provide teachers with time saving opportunities when looking for differentiated materials to fit their students' needs.


$711 to GES 4th and 5th Grade for Concept Grid White Boards.

The use of these boards allows full class participation in review, practice and introduction activities. They are an ideal way to assess individual work. A typical learning session with the boards could begin by the Teacher illustrating and explaining or introducing a previous or new concept. Students follow along on their boards, working through, writing and illustrating responses then holding up the boards for immediate Teacher evaluation.


$210 to GES Fifth Grade for 30 copies of The Enormous Egg.

Literature circles would be done with vocabulary work and activities for each chapter section. At the end of each chapter section students would not only be responsible for new vocabulary and phrases, but they would also be able to do quizzes, crossword puzzles, word searches, literature cubes, etc. It would be an excellent way to draw upon each student's background knowledge and build new vocabulary, fluency and interest in quality literature.


$697 to GKHS Industrial Technology for REVIT Tutorial Workbooks.

New books for Solidworks through SDC publications were purchased at the end of last school year. It paid off with huge rewards as we had four students qualify for the state drafting and design competition at ISU in the Solidworks category in our very first year using the software. The tutorial workbooks helped the students walk through multiple projects using all of the different tools and commands available to them. Mr. Jerbi would like to incorporate projects using the REVIT software into the curriculum at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. In order to do that, he needed a classroom set of the REVIT tutorial workbooks. Mr. Jerbi has already requested and received an examination copy and has had the opportunity to work through a few of the chapters. The books are very similar to the ones we currently own for AutoCAD and Solidworks so students should see positive results in a short amount of time after beginning use of the book. REVIT is a 3-dimensional architectural software similar to Sketchup, but with much more horsepower. With these tutorial workbooks, students will be able to design both residential and commercial virtual models of their designs much more quickly, efficiently, and professionally.


$531 to GKHS English Department for Texts, blogging subscription and Costumes.

Students regularly perform their own creative writing on the stage in Dramatic Writing & Performance I & II. This mini-grant will provide funds needed for "common" / frequently used costumes, props and a collection of books and activities. These materials will be useful for developing the creative writing techniques for students who may otherwise struggle with these skills.


$450 to GKHS Chorus for a Vocal Processor.

The vocal processor will enhance the sound of both vocal and instrumental groups throughout the district. Right now the mixing console in the auditorium has a flat, unprocessed sound that could be improved upon by effects such as reverb and delay. The vocal processor would be able to be used for all district music events.


$795 to Special Education/Night School for Kindles.

"Our students are often expected to use the same materials that their traditional classmates use. This becomes increasingly difficult in the language arts curriculum. Students with special needs need the option of text to speech that our existing classroom resources do not offer."

"Literacy promotes independence and allows students to be relevant in their homes, in their lives, and in their community."

Jill Nicholson - Special Education Freshman through age 21 & G-K Night School

 

 

 

Awarded March 2011:


$450 to Davenport Kindergarten to create "Kindergarten Readiness Bags"

The "Kindergarten Readiness Bag" has proven to be a successful tool since 2007. It has provided families with the opportunity to engage in activities that will assist students to get "academically" ready for Kindergarten. Davenport will be asking for the assistance from high school students and/or school organizations to assist in assembling the Readiness Bags. Last year over 20 high school students volunteered.


$955 to Davenport First Grade to purchase a Leapster Explorer 1st Grade Mobile Learning Center.

The Leapster Explorer encourages students to learn from e-Books, videos, and on-line skill builders. Many of our students are familiar with the Leap Frog videos used in Kindergarten. These videos, which are played during snack time, support the students' letter recognition, vocabulary, and phonemic awareness skills.


$205 to Kingston Elementary Physical Education for 10 Pedometers.

Prior experience using the pedometers has shown that the pedometers motivate students to move. Most students inquire about the steps they achieved the previous day with the desire to improve on each subsequent opportunity. Pedometer usage can also be implemented as a collegial team activity. The students are very excited to use a technological tool out of the ordinary, to document improvement and especially in Physical Education where tools are not quite as ordinary as in the core classroom. These pedometers will augment ones presently in use. Additional units are needed to support larger class sizes, accommodate normal wear and tear on the pedometers, and adjust to district budget constraints.


$1800 to Genoa-Kingston High School Drama Department for Wireless microphones.

This grant will provide funding for 4 Audio Technica ATW 3110B Transmitter/Receivers and 4 Countryman B3 microphones.The Genoa-Kingston Drama Department is an extra-curricular group that strives to provide educational theater opportunities in both on stage and technical capacities. The drama department and International Thespian Society Troupe #867 have worked hard to provide a quality theatrical experience for both the students involved in our fall and spring productions as well as for our audience. This equipment will allow more performers to be heard clearly on stage in future productions.


$1500 to Genoa-Kingston High School Chorus Department to purchase an additional 34 choral stoles.

The Education Foundation provided a grant for the purchase of 23 choral stoles last year. The stoles have been used by the chamber chorus at several events and were worn by our two IMEA All-State Honors Chorus members. This grant will outfit all of our chorus students in stoles with their choral robes next year.

 

 

 

Awarded for the 2009 - 2010 school year:


$350 to Davenport Kindergarten for for materials to construct a “Kindergarten Readiness Bag” to give to each child and his/her family at Spring Kindergarten Registration. The Kindergarten Readiness Bag" has proven to be a successful tool the past two years. It has provided families with the opportunity to engage in activities that will assist students to get "academically" ready for Kindergarten. Many of the materials can be used in the home throughout their kindergarten year.


$1000 to Davenport First Grade to purchase reading books. This years grant will provide 16 copies of each book to enable every teacher to have a collection within their classroom. This years titles include: Bad Dog, Bear Snores, Boy Who Loved Words, Dear Mr. Blueberry, Dog Team, Dot, Duck on a Bike, I Want an Iguana, If Dogs were Dinosaurs, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Hello Ocean and Giant Panda. The entire collection consists of 160 trade books.


$240 to Kingston Elementary Third Grade for three sets of theatre scripts. Each set includes 16 level appropriate scripts allowing for differentiated reading. The scripts are designed for 4 readers at a time with each copy having a different characters part highlighted so it is easy for the students to follow along. Each script focuses on a different literary genre from historical fiction to mystery to adventure. As students read and practice each script they will build oral skills, fluency and comprehension.


$863 to K-5 Physical Education for 30 Robic Pulse Heart Monitors. The heart rate monitors will allow students to use technology while engaging in fitness activities.

The students in K-5 PE would be working toward the following performance goals:

  • Engaging in physical activity that causes increased heart rate
  • Describe immediate effects of physical activity on the body
  • Monitor individual heart rate before, during, and after physical activity with the use of technology
  • Set personal health-related fitness goals.

$1500 to Middle School Science for additional technology hardware for the eighteen sections of Life, Earth, and Physical Science that are being taught by this Department. Items may include satellite notebook computers, LCD projectors, presentation carts and computer speaker systems.


$599 to Middle School Music for a Yamaha P855 Contemporary Digital Piano. The digital piano will allow the jazz band to perform on stage and be helpful to piano accompanists who rehearse with the students for solo and ensemble.


$385 to High School Science for class sets of various microscope slides of tissues, mitosis, biological diversity, and protists. The slides will supplement lessons with hands-on activities where students are actively investigating their world around them.

Slides in this collection will include:

  • Muscle Types
  • Adult Skin, Unpigmented
  • Bone Development
  • Human Blood
  • Basic Protist Survey Set
  • Onion Mitosis
  • Biological Diversity

$1495 to Genoa-Kingston Academic Bowl Team for a 10-Player "Slam-in" wireless buzzer system. Each year, students who rank in the top of their class compete with content-based trivia against other schools. Each school is required to bring a buzzer system to each meet. The new buzzer will allow our students to compete with other districts and proudly represent the Genoa-Kingston School District.


$700 to Genoa-Kingston High School Drama Department for 2 Wireless Headset Microphones. This grant will continue to upgrade the sound equipment necessary for stage performance and will enhance the audience's enjoyment of the shows.


$1000 to Genoa-Kingston High School Music Department to partially fund the purchase of choral stoles to match the existing choir robes. The robes, purchased between 1993-1995 lack any personalized touch distinguishing them from other school choir robes. Most schools wear stoles with their robes, most robes, including ours, are meant to be worn with stoles. These stoles tastefully featuring our school colors will make an attractive addition to our choral robes worn at concerts, the Big Northern Music Festival, and the All-State Chorus.

 

 

 

Awarded for the 2008 - 2009 school year:


$1150 to Davenport Kindergarten for materials to construct 165 Kindergarten Readiness Bags. The bags are provided to the parents at the March pre-registration. The materials include a variety of age appropriate educational activities that parents can explore with their children prior to the beginning of the school year.


$1750 to Davenport First Grade to purchase reading books for each of the seven classrooms. Davenport is piloting a new reading program called Guided Reading and Silent Sustained Reading (SSR). The addition of these books will provide more variety of reading materials in each room at each students reading level.


$800 to Kingston Elementary Second Grade for eight combination DVD/VCR players. These players will provide a technology bridge enabling teachers to present older but relevant material along with the newer material.


$1700 to Genoa Elementary Fourth Grade for an advanced visual projection system. The system will include an Elmo digital presenter, a NEC projector and a presentation cart. The Elmo digital Presenter is an innovative teaching tool that promotes sharing student responses, which in turn forces each learner into an interactive engaged learner.


$700 to Genoa Elementary Fifth Grade for an Elmo digital presenter.


$394 to Genoa Elementary Speech and Language for a Canon Flash Memory Digital Camcorder. Research has shown that video is a powerful tool to use for student feedback and self evaluation and the camcorder will help facilitate this type of instruction.


$1400 to Genoa-Kingston Middle School for two Elmo digital presenters.


$1700 to Genoa-Kingston High School Biology for an advanced visual projection system. The system will include an Elmo digital presenter, a NEC projector and a presentation cart. This system will help biology students grasp the size of items such as cells, chromosomes, organelles, villi of the small intestine and so on. This would greatly improve student comprehension in many areas of the science curriculum where the concepts seem to be a bit abstract.


$250 to Genoa-Kingston High School Business Department for a digital camera. The camera will be used for the Desktop Publishing, Multimedia, and Web Design classes.


$4200 to Genoa-Kingston High School for a Smart Board. The SmartBoard, projector, laptop computer, and presentation cart would be a mobile unit for classroom use primarily in the 200 wing of the high school making it available to the Family & Consumer Sciences, Business, Science, and Fine Arts Departments.


$1890 to Genoa-Kingston High School Drama Departments for five wireless headset microphones. The wireless microphones are designed for stage performance and will bolster the technical capabilities of the Genoa-Kingston Auditorium, as well as maximize the theater experience of performer and audience member alike.


$1900 to Genoa-Kingston High School Industrial Technology Department for Computer-aided design software. Solidworks 3-D for Advanced Drafting, Design, and Production is becoming the standard for many colleges, universities, and professionals. This license for 20 stations will add capability and is also compatible with the departments existing 2-D AutoCad software.

 

 

 

Awarded for the 2007 - 2008 school year:


$509 to Davenport Early Childhood Program for an assortment of computer equipment and software for two work stations. The workstations will assist the students to meet reading and fluency benchmarks.


$2900 to Davenport Kindergarten for an advanced visual projection system. The system will include an Elmo digital presenter, a NEC projector, notebook computer and a presentation cart. The Elmo will be used for displaying math manipulatives, authentic items, and documents. It will also be used to share and save students work; as well as guided reading and following step-by-step directions.


$1000 to Davenport Kindergarten for materials to construct a "Kindergarten Readiness Bag" to give to each child at the March pre-registration. The focus of the bag is to provide parents with a variety of age appropriate activities and materials that parents could explore with their child prior to the beginning of the school year.


$210 to Davenport First Grade for Solar System Mobiles. The mobiles have an entire set of planets that orbit around a lighted sun and include a CD that take students on an audio tour of the solar system.


$3000 to Kingston Second and Third Grade Music for a Yamaha CLP-240 Digital Piano and Keyboard. The CLP-240 brings stylish looks and professional sound together in an instrument that is also portable and easy to use. The piano will be used for music instruction and performances.


$370 to Kingston Second and Third Grade Physical Education for paddles, balls and nets.  This equipment will provide an opportunity to learn the elements of teamwork (communication, decision making, cooperation, and leadership) and how to adjust individual needs to team needs.  The paddle, ball and net lessons will also simulate a variety of games that can be lifelong activities, such as ping-pong, tennis, and racquetball.


$1900 to Kingston Third Grade for an Elmo digital presenter, a NEC projector and a presentation cart. The advanced presentation system enables students to clearly see what is being displayed and to share a variety of reports, art work, and written responses. Research shows that stimulating visual displays are easily grasped, retained and absorbed by students.


$2000 to Genoa-Kingston Middle School for a Bluetooth ready SmartBoard. This will be the second SmartBoard for GKMS and will be used on the second floor providing access to the sixth grade team and the entire science department. This grant was made possible with matching funds from the Genoa-Kingston United Way.


$696 to Genoa-Kingston Middle School 7th Grade Language Arts/Reading for a public address system. Some of the lessons planned include a simulated radio broadcast, reading stories and poetry aloud and presenting reports. This equipment will give students many opportunities to practice the skills necessary to become confident and successful in public speaking.


$1200 to Genoa-Kingston Middle School Visual Arts Department for a LCD projector and cart. The projector will be used to show practical and historic examples of art work to students during lectures and demonstrations.


$200 to Genoa-Kingston High School Computer Club for 30 Velleman MK101 Electronic Heart kits. These kits require that the students learn to solder resistors, capacitors and LED's to a small heart shaped circuit board.

 

 

 

Awarded for the 2006 - 2007 school year:


$521 to Davenport kindergarten for 9 sets of math manipulative's. Each set features 252 bugs, worms, and frogs to sort by color, shape and size, an activity book, sorting tray and tackle box for easy storage.


$2810 to Davenport first grade for an advanced visual projection system. The system will include an Elmo digital presenter, an NEC projector, notebook computer and a presentation cart. Unlike an overhead projector, the Elmo can project any type of printed document, or 3-D object. It can even display microscope slides in the microscopic viewing mode.


$1415 to Kingston second grade for Exploring Where and Why by Nystorm. In this hands-on program, students explore the community as a whole, with emphasis on goods & services, producers & consumers, government, economics, and geography. The program includes globes, desk maps, wall maps, relief models, atlases, markers, a teacher guide, CDROM and a mobile cart.


$2110 to Kingston third grade for a Multi-Media LCD projector, laptop computer and presentation cart. These will enable the teachers to display graphically enhanced lessons, and make it easier for the students to view the lessons.


$668 to Kingston second and third grade music for a Bass Metallophone and a Soprano Metallophone. These instruments made by Suzuki Orff are sturdy and timeless. The instruments help teach melodic and rhythmic accompaniment, note reading and ensemble instrument playing. Children also love to play them.


$296 to Kingston second and third grade physical education for Ages Golf equipment. This equipment not only introduces the students to golf but teaches physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, etiquette and math skills. The golf unit will also provide support in developing core values such as being honest, positive, and most importantly a team player.


$856 to the Genoa Elementary fourth grade for books which will supplement the Social Studies and Language arts curriculum. Through these books the students have the opportunity to learn about the history and people of each region as these books travel through time.


$700 to Genoa Elementary fifth grade for an Elmo Visual Presenter, which will allow teachers (as well as students) to instantly project any material for classroom viewing. The visual presenter is a tool that promotes instantly sharing student responses which in turn promotes student engagement. Students of all levels gain knowledge and confidence by having to present their work in front of the class.


$2110 to Genoa-Kingston Middle School for a multi-media LCD projector, laptop computer, and presentation cart. The use of an LCD projector will allow them to turn a teacher-centered activity such as lecturing or taking notes into a dynamic, participative experience. This projection system will be used primarily in Reading, Language Arts, and Math.


$196 to Genoa-Kingston High School Science Department for six Aneroid Sphygmomanometers. Students will develop a better understanding of the mechanics of the circulatory system; specifically how the blood pressure readings provide information about the condition of the arteries.


$3000 to the Genoa-Kingston High School Math Department for a LCD projector, a laptop computer, and a presentation cart. This technology will help them project lessons, show graphical changes that relate to transformations of equations and functions, and project sample problems. They will also be able to maximize the use of their software programs: Geometer’s Sketch Pad and TI SmartView.


$250 to Genoa-Kingston High School Computer Club for a Mindstorm Robot Kit with an advanced processor and sophisticated sensors. Kits like the Mindstorm will help the students learn about robotics and programming. Additionally, after the students have the chance to build and work with the Mindstorm, they would like to take it to the Elementary Schools to demonstrate it’s abilities to younger students.


$1600 to the Genoa-Kingston High School Journalism Department for an iMac computer running Adobe Creative Suite 2 software. This computer will help the growing need of the High Schools yearbook/newspaper staff to produce quality publications.