9/29/15 Twelve schools getting grants

Twelve schools getting grants
By Isaac Groves, The Times-News 9/29/15  
Reprinted with permission.      

   Among the flurry of grants Impact Alamance has announced lately are 13 teacher creativity grants for Alamance-Burlington Schools.

   “There were 22 applications, we were able to award 13 of those grants and we did go back to our board and ask for additional funds because of the caliber of the applications,” said Tracey Grayzer, president of Impact Alamance, the non-profit, grant-writing arm of Cone Health Systems at Monday night’s meeting of the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education.

   The organization originally budgeted $100,000 in grants, Grayzer said.

   In February, the organization announced a $750,000 grant to form a teacher leadership academy of 50 Alamance-Burlington School System teachers. Those 50 teachers were eligible to apply for the creativity grants for the first time this year. The idea is to make $100,000 in grants per year for five years, Grayzer said.

   Grants ranged from $20,000 for an innovation lab at Graham Middle School with a 3-D printer and technology for video production to $1,630 for Western Alamance Middle School for cameras for “environmental education and direct scientific observation.”

   “A lot of them are designed to be pilot projects in the classroom,” Grayzer said, “and if it’s something that works, we’re hoping that we can scale these types of things throughout the district.”

The recipients
  • B. Everett Jordan Elementary School — $20,000
  • E.M Yoder Elementary School — $6,920
  • Graham Middle School — $20,000
  • Hillcrest Elementary School — $3,550
  • E.M Holt Elementary School — $10,000
  • Walter Williams High School — $19,700
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School — $9,000
  • Marvin B. Smith Elementary School —$2,800
  • Western Alamance Middle School — $1,630
  • North Graham Elementary School — $8,800
  • Alexander Wilson Elementary School — $12,000
  • Western Middle School — $16,000
  • Turrentine Middle School— $4,600