Two teachers each from Trumbull and Columbiana counties are among 80 Ohio educators who have been awarded mini-grants for programs they're implementing.
Brittaney Jones, fifth-grade teacher, Leavitt Elementary, LaBrae School District: $1,058 for an environmental education program. She and fifth-grade math teacher Margie Adair are developing an outdoor educational site, including a frog habitat, butterfly garden, and bird sanctuary. The pupils will install bird feeders, butterfly plants and make a frog pond this semester. In the spring, they'll grow flowers to add to the garden.
Janet Vitko, language arts intervention teacher, Neal Middle School, Mathews School District: $1,180 for a literacy program, titled "Moving Reluctant Readers into Lifelong Readers." Funds will be used to purchase books for pupils, and the teacher will be able to provide strategic reading lessons that respond to individual needs through reading groups, book discussions, silent reading, one-on-one conferences and journal responses.
Linda Dye, third-grade teacher, MacDonald Elementary, Wellsville School District: $1,000 for her program "Teaching Through Learning Channels." Funds will be used to purchase a TV, VCR, a wall-mount bracket, blank tapes and other equipment. This will enable the class to make better use of SchoolNet and ITV and establish a video library for the classroom.
Judy Migliore, sixth-grade math teacher, Crestview Middle School, Crestview School District: $1,000 for her program "MCAA," a math activity involving 95 sixth-graders. The contest relates math to real-life situations and is a review of math concepts covered in the sixth-grade proficiency test. Pupils will work in groups.
Source: Ohio Department of Education