The Township of Union Education Foundation awarded seven grants to teachers in the Union school district for the 2017-2018 school year. Three mini- grants and four macro grants were awarded to teachers in five township schools.
At Livingston School, Ms. Roberts, Ms. Kitzman and Ms. Cellitti reported the grant has positively impacted on all the students. The foundation supplied Fire Kids Edition Tablets for “Livingston Leaders”. Apps have been utilized for all levels of learners in language arts, behavioral strategies, and teacher assessments. The tablets have also served as a classroom assistive tool to conduct research, enrich writing skills and gain access to resources. As a third grade student stated, “The tablets are helpful and fun-sational!”
Portable line scanner pens, C – Pens, were purchased through a grant awarded at Hannah Caldwell School. Ms. Regal said her students have become more independent in all subject areas. The students who use the C-Pen find it beneficial and give it a “thumbs up”.
Mrs. Macheska has used the Flocabulary program for two years at Washington School. Flocabulary is an online supplemental reading and vocabulary program. As one student stated, “Flocabulary helps us learn new things. Something I learned was how to use possessive nouns. Using Flocabulary makes learning fun!”
At Battle Hill School, the garden/greenhouse outdoor learning center was purchased through a macro grant. This greenhouse has enriched all the students’ learning experiences. The children solve real-life problems instead of simulated ones. They learn healthy eating and are immersed in the farm to table experience. The students plant, grow, have working responsibilities and work in teams in the Battle Hill Garden of Knowledge. A fourth grade student wrote, “I learned a lot about nature. It’s not about the food you grow, but learning how to grow it. The garden is a really cool way to teach us about eating healthy in a fun way and to be connected with nature.”
Mrs. Patricco and Mrs. Gilligan were awarded a grant to incorporate Chromebooks and Engineering texts for their fourth grade students at Connecticut Farms. “Engineering is Elementary” has helped in the implementation of Next Generation Standards. The students have applied the engineering design process and have reflected on what they have learned and the connection with the world around them. The students have stated how important the engineering process is in the real world. As one student shared, “I’ve learned so much – how there are many different solutions to problems and that you have to persevere and if one thing doesn’t work you have to keep trying.”
The Township of Union Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to raise funds for grants to teachers in the public schools for creative and innovative educational programs in the public schools in the Township of Union. Over $200,000 has been raised since the Foundation was founded in 2001. Donations are gratefully accepted and checks can be made out to TUEF and mailed to P.O.Box 1282, Union, NJ 07083.