The Mississippi Power Education Foundation recently awarded more than $51,000 in grants to a dozen schools and school districts throughout the service territory.
We are excited about the projects the grants will fund, said Huntley Biggs, manager of Education Services, G&SI Building, and executive director of the Education Foundation. It is exciting to help educators provide innovative ways for students to learn in all areas of the curriculum.
Gautier Junior High, $1,191 for a project called Expert Advice, which will include hands-on activities guided and encouraged by real mentor scientists, communicating with seventh-graders via mail, phone, e-mail and fax.
George County Middle School, $2,000 for a program called Science in the Middle, which will give students hands-on opportunities to learn. The school also received a $2,000 grant for a portable science library and a $568 grant for a program called Measure for Life. The program will establish a set of measuring instruments to measure length, weight, volume, temperature, density, wind speed, lung capacity and sound level.
Meridian Separate School District, $6,236 for strategic planning for the school district.
Oak Grove Middle School, $7,100 for a science resource center that will provide easy access to scientific equipment and other instructional tools.
Oak Grove Upper Elementary, $650 for a program called Classical Kids: An Introduction to Music Appreciation, which will introduce students to 17th and 18th century musical works and composers.
Parkview Elementary School, $2,000 for Project CLAM, which involves community leaders reading and recording on cassette tape childrens books for the purpose of improving reading vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Pearl River Central Elementary, $2,000 to create book labs, which will enhance the content areas of science, social studies, math and language. The elementary also received a grant for $1,250.62 for a project called See America. In the project, a stuffed animal will travel to all states of the United States, allowing students to pen pal with others their age while learning about other cultures.
Petal Separate School District, $15,000 to fund the second cycle of Strategic Planning for the district.
Seminary Attendance Center, $100 for a Portraying Human Conditions through Literature program. The center also received a $531.40 grant for a Teaching Writing Through Literature program.
St. Martin High School, $2,100 for a program involving elementary, middle and high school students in collecting data for the GLOBE project (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment).
Stringer Attendance Center, $1,950 for a project called The Way Air Works, which will allow students to explore math and science in a realistic manner. The center also received a $5,000 grant for a project called Making School Work. The project is a joint effort between district, local and national businesses and higher education to improve math and science performance and interest through hands-on activities.
Witherspoon Elementary School, $2,000 to fund Project DREAM (Discover Reading-Style Excel Achieve Mastery). The project will help second-graders learn to read.