Cheryl Whitney, the chair of the grants for the Chatham Education Foundation, presented the BOE with a check for $14,562.73, which will fund three programs - the Scientific Investigation and Collaboration Classroom for classrooms at CHS; 'Let Our Fingers Do the Poppin' for elementary school math teachers, and "Read for Pure Joy!" for struggling 6th and 7th grade ELA students.
The Scientific Investigation grant will fund the transformation of two Chatham High classrooms to include whiteboard tables to enhance investigative learning among students.
The 'Let Our Fingers Do the Poppin' will provide 20 teachers at Milton, Southern Boulevard and Washington avenue schools with math manipulatives that will help kindergarten and first-grade students "understand the relationship between numbers and quantities and aid in their addition and subtraction skills."
The "Read for Pure Joy!" grant will fund the creation of "comfortable reading locations" for struggling 6th and 7th-grade ELA students. According to CMS teacher Lynne Ann Collier, who wrote the grant application, comfortable and relaxed students will lead to a "joyful reading experience" and "sustained periods of reading."