Foundation hands out grants to area teachers

The Enumclaw Schools Foundation has announced its Enrichment and Innovation Grant winners for the 2011-12 school year.

The foundation is a private, nonprofit organization created to enhance educational opportunities for Enumclaw School District students. It awarded six grants, totaling more than $4,700, to be used during the current school year.

This year’s winners are:

• Black Diamond Elementary teacher Dewey Sullivan, $600, to fund a Book-It Repertory Theater performance of “Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman.” Sullivan anticipates involving 264 students in this project.

• Black Diamond Elementary teachers Susan Laurnen and Jeff Kurtz, $258, for the purchase of supplies to integrate print motifs, paper maché and embroidery into the disciplines of math, science and literature. About 50 student will be involved in this project.

• Sunrise Elementary teacher JoAnn Amberg was awarded $1,000 to go with other grants from Target, Sunrise PTA, Pacific Ballroom, the Muckleshoot and Puyallup tribes and Arts Alive!, to fund a 10-week ballroom dancing curriculum for 70 fifth-grade students as part of the school’s physical education curriculum.

• Enumclaw Middle School teacher Casey Anderson, $921, to purchase two Dell Latitude 2120 laptop computers for the resource room. It is estimated 20 or more students would use these computers to learn keyboarding, language skills, technology and software usage.

• Thunder Mountain Middle School teacher Laura Albrecht was awarded $1,000 for the purchase of two Insta-Pulse units, fat loss monitors and heart rate charts for use in the physical education curriculum. All students at Thunder Mountain will use these items in their P.E. class.

• Westwood Elementary, Sunrise, Thunder Mountain and Enumclaw High School are the beneficiaries of the $991 awarded to Jeanne Northfield and Steve Taylor, who will purchase an iPad 2 for use in the self-contained special education classrooms at those schools. The iPad will move among the schools on a three-week rotation and will augment the math, reading, writing and communication skills of the 40 or more students.

The Enumclaw Schools Foundation will award a second round of Enrichment and Innovation Grants this fall.

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