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La Vega Pirates Education Foundation Awards Grants

Getting students excited about learning and improving classroom performance are the goals of the innovative grants recently awarded to La Vega Independent School District teachers.

In surprise visits to each La Vega ISD campus on April 11th, eleven enterprising instructors celebrated as they learned the applications they submitted in March had been accepted and funded by the La Vega Pirates Education Foundation. The foundation awarded more than $37,000.00 for projects that will support math and science curriculum, provide professional development, and help facilitate education for students with a variety of learning styles. The grants that were funded are as follows:

• "Lights, Music, Learning” will allow a calm and soothing environment for our students with sensory issues. This grant was written by Cynthia Denmark and Special Support Staff at La Vega Elementary School.
• “Tots & Technology” will send five teachers to a technology training specifically for elementary-aged children. This grant was written by Melissa Lamb, Deanne Martinez, Maegan O’Neal, Elizabeth Wetzel, and Jennifer Walker at La Vega Elementary School.
• "Math Masters” is a program that kindergarten students can use on computer devices to bolster math skills. This grant was written by Sharen Underwood.
• "Let’s Talk with Puppets” will allow children to act out stories from the books that are read in kindergarten, increasing comprehension and retention of materials. This grant was written by Sharen Underwood.
• "Special Project for Special Needs” will bring touch-screen technology to a special needs class to help with learning letters and sounds of words. This grant was written by Amy Winkleman at La Vega Primary School.
• "We are Flexible!” will bring flexible seating to a pre-kindergarten classroom to help children who need to move in class not disrupt the entire class when they do. The more instruction that occurs, the more students can learn. This grant was written by Veronica Olvera and Kristy Lamar at La Vega Primary School.
• “I Can Read It On “myON” will allow Intermediate students the ability to log in to a district approved online source with thousands of book available for reading. This grant was written by Jeanne Kuehl at La Vega Intermediate H. P. Miles Campus.
• “Set for Success” will allow the High School theater department to purchase new set materials for performances. This grant was written by Sandra Trickett at La Vega High School.
• “Take a Seat, Please” will provide flexible seating for kinesthetic learning to take place at the High School. This grant was written by Laurie Tsuchiya, Sandra Gibson at La Vega High School.
• “Recovery and Restoration of Preserved Biological Specimens” will aid the High School science department in properly labeling and preserving existing biological specimens from the past and making them available to the larger science community. This grant was written by Lee Kuhl at La Vega High School.
• “AVID Apple TV” will allow students to tour college campuses without ever leaving the classroom. This grant was written by Adam Woods and Rachel Matus at La Vega Junior High George Dixon Campus.

The foundation wishes to congratulate the teacher awardees, and to thank them for their dedication to the students of La Vega ISD.

“The staff at La Vega deserves the best resources to prepare our students for a quality education that will allow them to be successful,” says foundation board chair Jim Lambert.

The La Vega Pirates Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its mission is to generate and distribute resources to support creative and innovative programs that enhance the academic success of La Vega ISD students.