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April 25, 2014

Patrol gives $17K in grants

Education Foundation awards project funds

Grant Foreman Elementary students will have access to hundreds of books through an Education Foundation of Muskogee grant.

“You’re helping a lot of kids,” third-grade teacher Terri Roberts said when Foundation representatives presented her with the $2,500 grant Friday morning.

Roberts said the grant, “RAZzle Dazzle — Reaching to the STARS” will link the school with the Raz-Kids online reading program.

The Foundation’s Grant Patrol helped a lot more kids Friday morning by distributing more than $17,000 in grants to 12 Muskogee Public Schools projects.

Foundation President Jon Kolb said the grants help schools offer programs they otherwise could not afford.

“This is a very big deal for us,” Roberts said. “One of our focuses was to get our kids reading on their grade level.”

She said the Raz-Kids program is “like a guided online reading program.”

“Kids can access it anywhere, anytime,” she said.

Roberts was one of nine Grant Foreman teachers who applied for the “RAZzle Dazzle” grant, said Principal Vickie Albin. The teachers belonged to the school’s upper-grade Professional Learning Community, she said. Other teachers were Melissa Brown, Loretta Rowe, Amy Scott, Nichole Laymon, Sacha Watts, Lindsey Cato, Sally Denton and Amy Pool.

Other foundation grants helped pay for a variety of other programs and items.

Creek Elementary teacher Angela Cummings said she felt fantastic about getting her $734 grant for “Are You Up to the Task.” She said the grant will pay for items to help her sixth-graders with reading comprehension and writing.

A $1,099 Claude C. Harris grant pays for a new keyboard at Alice Robertson Junior High, choir teacher Shalyn Gallaway said.

MPS Secondary Education Director Melony Carey said the Foundation presented two grants for secondary level performing arts programs. The other grant — $800 for “Fundamentals, Fun and Flying Fingers” — was presented to Muskogee High School choir director Theresa Pointer.

“The arts are always good for engaging kids,” Carey said.

MHS history teacher Diane Walker received $1,789 to help pay for world atlases.

“They will help me integrate geography with world history,” Walker said, adding that the books will provide geographic information about World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and other conflicts.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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