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Our foundation provides Rockbridge County Public School System students with the tools they require to advance their studies and encourage their creativity.

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2018-2019 Grant Programs

Rockbridge County High School

Investigating Biodiversity

New, expanded approaches in environmental science required new materials to support real-life student investigations and projects. Thanks to Foundation donors, RCHS now has a classroom set of outdoor/stream boots, work gloves, hand lenses, trowels, plus two thousand crocus bulbs planted by more than one hundred students this fall to increase biodiversity on the school campus.

 

Exceptional Creations

With help from Foundation donors, special education teachers at RCHS introduced a wildly popular project that enabled their students to build entrepreneurial skills while making and marketing decal-enhanced products. The project helped build teamwork and communication skills in addition to supporting gains in reading, math, and writing; the Foundation supported the project with a grant for needed materials.

 

Balance for Success

The Foundation was pleased to support purchase of several stability balls, standing desks, and resistance bands for special needs students who learn best while engaged in movement.

An Ideal Recess Habitat

This innovative project created leadership opportunities for building trade students at the high school as they collaborated with 4th graders both virtually and in person to create needed shade structures on the FES playground. The Foundation supported this project-based learning (PBL) endeavor by purchasing needed lumber.

 

Central Elementary School

Let’s Makey Makey Something Great

STEM teacher Susan Mahood instantly saw the potential of this innovative technology tool to animate and literally electrify a cornucopia of STEM projects created by hundreds of K-5 students. Foundation donations purchased this student-friendly device for teaching circuitry and so much more.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Performance Project

In an inspiring, multi-month interdisciplinary project, the entire 5th grade created, planned, and performed an original play based on their reading of this children’s classic: what an amazing accomplishment! Funds from the Foundation helped with supplies, book purchases, and even an all-grade trip to Roanoke to observe a professional production of Annie—and meet the actors.

 

Mountain View Elementary School

Stephen K Smith - The Virginia Mysteries

Thanks to Foundation donors, all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at MVES got to spend a day with author Stephen Smith, who creates historical mysteries that take place in Virginia. The author workshops supported social studies and writing standards and got everyone writing their own stories! Foundation donations helped bring the author to the school and ensured every student received a book of their own.

 

Fairfield Elementary School

An Ideal Recess Habitat

This innovative project created leadership opportunities for building trade students at the high school as they collaborated with 4th graders both virtually and in person to create needed shade structures on the FES playground. The Foundation supported this project-based learning (PBL) endeavor by purchasing needed lumber.

 

Natural Bridge Elementary School

Drums Alive!

Donations to the Foundation purchased a classroom set of giant “drums” (aka rubber balls, stands, and mallets) to support rhythm and coordination goals for more than 200 students each year: a joint request by the school’s PE and music teachers.

Virginia Reads One Book

The goal of this school-wide project was to promote the love of reading and build community involvement. Reading CEO Cloey Edison Oliver Playground Millionaire also promoted financial literacy and parent involvement, and a video link to mystery readers from the Washington Redskins. The Foundation was delighted to have donations in hand to purchase a book for every child.

Learning Through Play (Part 2)

Class sets of xylophones, metallophones, and mallets now join other exciting instruments at NBES, thanks to a two-year upgrade by music teacher Lacey Lynch. Donors to the Foundation made this project possible, impacting hundreds if not thousands of local children in the years to come. 

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