Schools receive funding for instruction

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Representatives from the Poland Schools Fund and the Poland schools met in Dobbins Elementary's library for a check presentation. One check went toward the robotics and STEM program at the school. The funding was raised through a car raffle in 2017.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Poland Schools Foundation President Luke Politsky met with the district's teachers to present a check for their teacher mini-grants. The grants give teachers an opportunity to address needs in the classroom.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Representatives from the four Poland schools and the Poland Schools Foundation met at Dobbins Elementary School on March 5 for two check presentations.

The foundation and the schools celebrated successful funding of multiple projects. The organization gave money toward technology groups in the schools and multiple teacher mini-grants.

“The funds allow teachers to go above and beyond,” said Luke Politsky, President of the Poland Schools Foundation. He said the grants addressed needs for particular programs.

Michael Daley, principal of Dobbins Elementary, heads the mini-grant program. The foundation gave the schools $5207.39 for their grants.

The kindergarten and first-grade received funding for their Bridges math program at Union Elementary School. The kindergarten’s money went toward manipulative materials, a central resource in the math instruction. The first grade got new books that connect literacy and math instruction.

The middle school and high school special education departments successfully funded their projects. The middle school received a number of math resources to meet the needs of students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities. The high school’s mini-grant went toward meeting the sensory needs of students to manage stress and anxiety.

The tenth-grade history classes have funding for their American Legacy Booklets, which include many of the founding documents of the United States. They plan to use the booklets to connect the English and history curriculum.

They also presented a check to the technology grants. The funding for these grants came from a “tickets for technology” car raffle. Local car dealerships donated vehicles for the raffle.

The seventh- and eighth-grade STEM instruction completed their Lego Mindstorm Robotics sets with the funding. The robotics club received funding for competition equipment.

The Poland Schools Foundation looks for different ways to help the schools and meet teacher needs. They also fund a scholarship that has taken some of the financial pressure from PSHS seniors heading to college.

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