Friday, October 11, 2013

A Visit from the Prize Patrol

The University City Education Foundation surprised six U. City teachers on Friday morning, October 10th, arriving with balloon bouquets and big checks.  The first round of 2013 fall grants were awarded at Flynn Park elementary's Friday morning assembly.  Teachers Nicole LaPlante Wight and Andrea Andrea Callahan received grants totaling $1900.00 to fund technology enhancements (including iPad Mini and iPad Touch devices) for the math and reading curriculum.

Andrea Callahan, Flynn Park 5th grade and
 Nicole Wight Flynn Park, 3rd grade
Next it was on to Brittany Woods middle school, where three teachers and Librarian Kelly Werthmuller were surprised in their classrooms.  The Brittany Woods grants totaled $2,950 and will fund projects including a 6th grade classroom reading center, new magazines and other reading materials for the library, participation in an area-wide Book Battle event, and a social studies trip to Memphis to conclude an in-depth study of the Civil Rights Movement.

Katherine Adams, Brittany Woods 6th grade Language Arts

The University City Education Foundation was founded in 1996 to enhance the educational programming in the School District of University City by providing grants to fund enrichment projects that typically fall outside of the scope of a school's standard budget.  For the fall 2013 grant cycle, UCEF was pleased to fund all submitted applications. 

Christine Kwiatkowski, Brittany Woods 7th grade Social Studies

Since 1996 UCEF has awarded over $200,000 in grants.  A complete list of recipients can be found here. Grants are entirely funded by donations and fundraising events. For timely news and information about UCEF and how to become involved in this terrific organization,  please visit the UCEF  facebook page.  

Julia Reimann, Brittany Woods 6th - 8th grade Spanish

UCEF awards grants twice a year, in the fall and spring.  The grant program is open to faculty, staff, principals, and administrators in the School District of University City.  Parents and other community members may submit a grant application  if sponsored by an eligible employee of the district. The spring deadline is January 27th, and applications can be downloaded here.

Kelly Werthmuller, Brittany Woods Librarian

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