Spring 2021 Classroom Grants Awarded
The Camden Junior Welfare League awarded 12 educators in Kershaw County classroom grants totaling more than $5,000. Grants were awarded as follows:
Kristine Britt, Wateree Elementary School - Funding the purchase of eBooks on the 2021-2022 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominee list, which will allow virtual students to enjoy the books immediately and participate in the SC Book Awards programs next school year.
Rebekah Clements, Baron Dekalb Elementary School - Funding the purchase of STEM and science materials to be incorporated into speech therapy sessions in order to address speech-language goals while maintaining science education.
Caroline Gross, Doby's Mill Elementary School - Funding the construction of a sensory path throughout the school, to assist students with sensory and/or transition needs.
Katey Hancock, Lugoff Elementary School - Funding the purchase of STEMpathy kits for 3rd-5th grade students to build empathy for others while completing tasks related to STEM.
Pamela Horton, Lugoff Elgin High School - Funding the purchase of a 3D printer for students to develop design and engineering abilities while studying geometry concepts.
Veronica F.A. Jamison, Jackson Elementary School - Funding the initial installment of books to stock a new book vending machine, using books as incentives and prizes for students.
Jennifer Lott, Jackson Elementary School - Funding the creation of a student garden to be used annually, with rocks painted by students, in order to create a bed full of positivity and color.
Joseph R. Miller, Camden High School - Funding the purchase of Subwoofer audio speakers for students to listen to and produce realistic audio quality tones during class and band sessions.
Dana Sims Watkins, Bethune Elementary School - Funding the creation of an action-based learning environment in the special education classroom, allowing students to move while learning, providing purposeful movement and strengthening development gaps.
Kim Stokes, Continuous Learning Center - Supporting the creation of a reading challenge for 4th-12th grades and the continued development of a student library.
E. Lee Westbury, Montessori School of Camden - Funding the purchase of hands-on molecule building kits for 8th-9th grades students.
Monica Woodberry, Blaney Elementary School - Funding the purchase of a document camera in order to make instructional time more efficient during virtual learning for kindergarten students.
2020-21 Nonprofit Youth Enrichment Grants Awarded
The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded grants totaling $5,000 to three nonprofits serving the youth of Kershaw County. Grants were awarded as follows:
Arts Center of Kershaw County/Kershaw County Music Association - Funding a student scholarship to the Brevard Music School in 2021.
Boys & Girls Club of Kershaw County - Funding the purchase of COVID safety supplies at their ten Be Great Academy after school programs within Kershaw County schools.
Truth in Nature - Funding the purchase of fishing and cooking supplies to be used during activities that support boys and young men from single-parent households in Kershaw County.
Fall 2020 Classroom Grants Awarded
The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded Fall Classroom Enrichment Grants to eleven Kershaw County School District educators, in nine schools within the district, totaling nearly $5,000. Grants were awarded for the purposes of supporting student enrichment in math, language and writing, arts, life skills and leadership, physical education, and STEAM. The following grants were awarded:
Koehler Beard, Leslie M. Stover Middle School – Funding the purchase of a classroom set of novels with age-appropriate format and characters for middle school students with special learning needs to practice reading while staying engaged in the material.
Arisleida De Guzman, Camden High School – Funding the food preparation portion of the functional curriculum for students with moderate disabilities, in order to obtain the skills and experience to reach a maximum level of independence.
Lynley Jones-Blankenship, Continuous Learning Center (CLC) – Funding the purchase of flexible seating in the virtual lab, to allow high school students to remain engaged while working towards their diplomas.
Dana Sims, Jackson Elementary School – Funding the purchase of C-Pen Readers for a special education classroom, supporting students as they practice reading by displaying word definitions and reading text aloud.
Amy McSwain, Lugoff Elgin Middle School – Supporting the construction of an outdoor playground to allow students in a special education classroom movement breaks that focus on balance, gross and fine motor skills, communication and social skills.
Christi Bigony, Doby's Mill Elementary School – Funding a “smart garden” that grows flowers, herbs, and vegetables in the classroom, supporting student scientific inquiry development with hands-on activities with visible results.
Dianne Farlett, Midway Elementary School – Supporting the purchase of books for the new “Bobcat Books” vending machine, supplying books to take and keep at home as a reward for students who display good reading habits.
Sherri Johnson, West Wateree Early Learning Academy - Supporting the creation of an outdoor classroom in order to engage preschool children in real world learning about nature and plant growth.
Amanda Raper, Doby's Mill Elementary School – Funding the purchase of reusable Makedo Invent Classroom sets to encourage students in all grade levels to use their imagination and creativity while participating in hands-on science investigations and engineering challenges in the STEAM Lab.
Kimm Mack, Jackson Elementary School – Funding the purchase of problem solving tools which students will use to collaborate, apply math strategies and engage in writing activities to promote problem solving.
Christina Absher, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School – Funding the creation of an outdoor classroom learning environment for teachers and students to utilize in small groups to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Spring 2020 Classroom Enrichment Grants
North Central Middle School - Supporting a field trip for 8th graders to the SC State House in Columbia.
Blaney Elementary School - Supporting a new reading series in 3rd grade, "Rooted in Reading".
Midway Elementary School - Supporting a 4th grade classroom library.
North Central High School - Supporting a series of independent life skill field trips for a Moderate Intellectual Disability Self-Contained Class.
Lugoff-Elgin High School - Supporting the trip of the Special Olympics Unified Basketball team to the state competition on March 14th in Columbia.
Lugoff Elementary School - Supporting a multisensory program for speech therapy in small groups or in classrooms.
Wateree Elementary School - Supporting the Cardinals Coffee Cart, a project that teaches students with moderate intellectual disabilities various functional skills.
Doby's Mill Elementary School - Supporting the purchase of multi-leveled book sets for all second grade classrooms to use.
Lugoff-Elgin Middle School - Supporting projects for 6th and 8th grade students to learn about 3-D design and printing.
Leslie M. Stover Middle School - Supporting the "Story Time with Communication Boards" program for self-contained speech/language students.
Lugoff-Elgin High School - Supporting a hands on activity to be used while students learn about the atomic spectra.
Lugoff Elementary School - Supporting the creation of an "math detectives" activity to help students master math skills in a fun, engaging way.
Camden High School - Supporting the first annual Girl Power Summit at CHS, which includes enrichment programs for young women to achieve excellence in social skills, leadership skills, and personal development.
Jackson Elementary School - Supporting the creation of innovative homework strategy kits for 3rd grade, to engage parents and reinforce skills and concepts being taught in the classroom.
The CJWL was also able to connect one teacher with a local business to help supply some of the materials requested in the project application.
2019-2020 Nonprofit Youth Enrichment Grant Awards
Arts Center of Kershaw County - Once Upon a Mattress
Kershaw County Music Association - Annual Brevard Music Institute Scholarship
Mt. Moriah Outreach - Mid-school year book bag and school supply drive
Fall 2019 Classroom Enrichment Grants Awarded
BriAnna Alexander, Baron DeKalb Elementary School, Leveled Library; Stephanie Beckley, Camden Elementary School, Excellent Enrichment; Patricia Dixon, Jackson Elementary School, STEAMing for a Healthy Earth; Rhonda Eckenroth, Lugoff Elgin Middle School, Math Intervention; Dianne Farlett, Midway Elementary School, Early Literacy Storytime; Kathryn Faz, Camden High School, Art Cart; Lisa McClain, Doby's Mill Elementary School, Let's Learn to Play;
Amy McSwain, Lugoff Elgin Middle School, Unified PE/Sports; Ashley Middleton, Lugoff Elgin High School, Sensory Through the Arts; Kailey Mitchell, Camden Elementary School, Building Literacy Centers; Susan Morris, Lugoff Elementary School, PE Mats; Dana Sims, Bethune Elementary School, Seeds to Greens; Kim Stokes, Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Tigers L.E.A.D. (Leadership Exploration and Development) by Doing Great Deeds; Renee Thompson, Camden Elementary School, Switch on Friendships; Melissa Tomascik, Blaney Elementary School, Recess Fun
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