MADISON, NJ - The Madison Education Foundation approved 12 teacher-initiated educational enrichment grants totaling $18,500 during its Winter Grant Cycle. The grants will go toward elementary, middle and high school levels.
“We continue to see novel, imaginative concepts from Madison teachers that enrich the curriculum in place in the classroom,” MEF Co-President Mary Schaenen said.
As part of this grant cycle, Madison Junior School seventh-graders will take a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has is exhibits that have a direct tie-in to the seventh-grade Social Studies curriculum. The exhibits that are particularly relevant include Ancient Near Eastern Art, Egyptian Art, Greek & Roman Art and Islamic Art.
“There is no doubt that seeing these historical artifacts in person will be very powerful for the students – much more so than seeing a photo in a textbook or online,” says MJS seventh-grade Social Studies teacher Erik Lih.
A grant at Madison High School for the Living Elements project has the potential to impact all five Madison schools. This grant will enable the Biology and Environmental Science programs to incorporate adopted reptiles and fish from New Jersey Reptile Rescue into their curriculums. The presence of the reptiles and fish will allow for new activities and labs to be added to the Biology and Environmental Science curriculums.
The reptile and fish tanks will be housed in four different classrooms focused on various science disciplines.
Grants at the elementary school level included Smart Response Clickers, an interactive system that provides students with remote-control devices that allow for an immediate response to lesson questions to help teachers check for understanding. Elementary school art classes will get educational art books and a projector to aid in self-portrait drawings.
“Our ability to fulfill grant requests from district teachers is only possible due to the generosity of the community,” Schaenen said. Last year, MEF awarded $121,000 districtwide. “Foundation grants provide enrichment resources that would not be possible within the District’s budget – they are often a favorite highlight for students each year.”