The Educational Foundation of Dexter is pleased to announce that the following grants have been funded this fall, for a total of $25,401.59.
Thank you to our community and donors for your support in enabling us to approve these worthy causes!
DHS Detroit Institute of Arts Field Trip
Amount Funded: $600.00
Grant Author: Maika Vazquez-Brieva
Grant Summary: Spanish III students will attend the tour/presentation “Shaping identity through the art of the Spanish-speaking world” around the time they’ll be learning about fine art and literature in our final unit of study. This guided visit is a great opportunity to bring content to life: students will be able to examine and better understand a variety of art forms from diverse Spanish speaking cultures in Europe, Central, and South America with the guidance of an expert docent.
DHS Iron Dread Conjugate Equipment Grant
Amount Funded: $2,000.00
Grant Author: Chris Whittaker
Grant Summary: The requested funds will be used to purchase equipment which will add to the execution of our Conjugate Training Method within the Iron Dread Strength and Conditioning program. The conjugate system is built around changing exercise variations, intensities, reps, sets, loads, and durations to create a training effect within the student-athlete. Having this equipment will allow us to provide many different variations and training environments to elevate the strength of our student-athletes and help them accomplish greater levels of strength and performance. This equipment will be used year-round with every young person in the district and alumni that returns the weight room to train. This equipment will also support the training within all of our physical education classes that utilize the weight room area. Getting these items will equip us with the tools necessary to build our school-wide culture of strength which has and will continue to provide a decreased risk of preventable injuries for our student-athletes and allow for huge increases in self-confidence. We service hundreds of DCS students each day in the Iron Dread Strength and Conditioning program and hope to build an even greater number of students.
DHS Student Participation in Model United Nations State Conferences
Amount Funded: $1,100.00
Grant Author: Angela Chea
Grant Summary: Each student is placed in a committee representing a country in the real United Nations. Each committee is assigned topics relating to current global issues and crises. In advance of the conference, students are required to research both their country and their topics and write a position paper explaining their stance on each issue. Students debate and draft resolutions within their committees and compete for awards and recognition.
DHS Advanced Biology- Zoology Detroit Zoo Field Trip
Amount Funded: $1,056.00
Grant Author: Lesley Tracy
Grant Summary: Zoology is a very hands-on, exploratory course that focuses on comparative anatomy among organisms. Students learn about animals ranging from invertebrates to mammals. The Zoo trip is a culminating opportunity that allows students to view animals in their simulated natural environments. In addition, this trip helps students to see the importance of taking care of the environment as it has a significant impact on the lives and welfare on animals, finally visiting the zoo educates students about possible zoological careers. Upon return from the zoo, students write a comprehensive report regarding select animals from their visit and connect this to curriculum we have studied throughout the semester.
Mill Creek Mirrors & Windows: Celebrating the World’s Diversity Creating Our Own “Hall of Heros”
Amount Funded: $1,500.00
Grant Author: Jaime Dudash & Dennis Stockwell
Grant Summary: Grant for the creation of personalized posters of people of all walks of life, all backgrounds, all cultures, that allow students at Dexter High School to see mirrors of themselves in highly successful people for which they can identify. The posters will be created by any staff member at Mill Creek Middle School to reflect heroes across the global spectrum who represent great humanity, human dignity, inclusivity, success despite overcoming tremendous odds, and social justice. For teachers, they may focus more directly on individuals within their subject areas. These posters will allow us to become a leader in Washtenaw County in the areas of Educational Justice. Providing a “window” on the world of opportunity and possibility for ALL is a valuable teachable lesson in itself. Additionally, students will also have “mirrors” so they can experience seeing contributors to our world from individuals for which they may not otherwise identify.
Creekside 6th Grade DIA Field Trip
Amount Funded: $1,400.00
Grant Author: Christie Newsome
Grant Summary: The DIA offers an excellent docent-led tour, titled “Shaping Identities,” through some of the richest ancient world artifacts from Egypt, Asia, Greece and Rome, as well as an Islamic gallery. Students will explore works of art from around the world spanning thousands of years to investigate how people of diverse cultures use art to define, reinforce, and communicate cultural, national, and personal identity. Our curriculum emphasis on how cultures today are greatly inspired by the ancients gives students the opportunity to make connections between the objects as art and function. Students also gain a deeper appreciation of the cultures they are studying through art.
Creekside Charles H. Wright Museum Trip
Amount Funded: $2,250.00
Grant Author: Kelly Parachek
Grant Summary: The fifth grade curriculum for social studies requires that children analyze the development of the slave system in the Americas and its impact upon the life of Africans. It further asks students to describe how Africans living in North America drew upon their African past e.g. sense of family, role of oral tradition and adapted elements of new cultures to develop a distinct African-American Culture. Our fifth grade Social Studies text does cover the ideas listed above, however it does so very briefly and does not fully explore life in Africa before the slave trade. The museum provides great aesthetic, interpretive and intellectual experiences, that will really bring this area of study to life. This visit will also take place during ‘Black History Month’ in February.
Creekside Robotics Flex Class
Amount Funded: $7,415.00
Grant Author: Sarah Breitner
Grant Summary: Students design and build programmable robots using high quality motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other technical components. By using hands-on robotics, students will gain a better understanding of how technology works in real world applications. The solution enables students to understand and interpret two-dimensional drawings to create three-dimensional models; build, test, troubleshoot, and revise designs to improve robot performance; gain practical, hands-on experience using mathematical concepts such as estimating and measuring distance, time, and speed.
Creekside/Mill Creek Enhanced Music Experience for Students with Special Needs
Amount Funded: $3,600.00
Grant Author: Rebecca Lange & Laura Krinock
Grant Summary: The goal of this program is to provide specially designed music therapy sessions that are developmentally appropriate and intended for older students with special needs. These sessions will foster community, develop sustained focus, active participation and motor skill development, as well as provide students with the intrinsic value of experiencing music.
Wylie Jazz Bass Drum and Cymbals
Amount Funded: $992.72
Grant Author: Anthony Koch
Grant Summary: Funds to purchase a bass drum and cymbals that will be used to help students explore jazz music. Students will work together to play a drum beat and accompany jazz xylophone improvisation. Students work together to play a drum beat while other students play xylophones and sing. The bass drum and cymbals are used in conjunction with the book Now’s the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages by Doug Goodkin. Jazz music is not only enjoyable for students but also an important part of United States history.
Wylie Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions
Amount Funded: $1,000.00
Grant Author: Meredith Nickerson & Jennifer Johnson
Grant Summary: A performance by the Wild Swan Theater for Wylie 3rd graders. As described by the Wild Swan Theater: This production celebrates the life and work of mathematician and computer scientist, Margret Hamiltion, whose brilliant work as a young scientist broke new ground and se led the team that navigated the Apollo missions to the moon.
Bates Scooter Boards for Gross Motor Development
Amount Funded: $173.98
Grant Author: Kim Hebbes
Grant Summary: This year the half day preschool programs from Jenkins, the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), DCS’s Early Childhood Special Education(ECSE) class and Aftercare all moved over to Bates. Currently our indoor physical education and gross motor equipment is limited. Scooter Boards will be used in the Gross Motor Development and Social Skills Development areas of our programming. They will help improve the coordination, strength, balance, problem solving and cooperation skills of the students. Scooters will be used during our Large and Small Group Time, Outdoor Time and for Indoor Recess for the Preschool, GSRP and ECSE classes. The Aftercare Program will use them for their Physical Recreation time.
Bates Kodo Kids Wind Tunnel- STEM Learning in Action!
Amount Funded: $513.89
Grant Author: Katie Penix
Grant Summary: This grant will give us a great opportunity to provide the children with a chance to see science in motion. Experimenting with movement will give us the opportunity to use mathematical terminology with the children. For instance, weight, heavier, lighter, faster, slower, taller, lower, compare, etc.
Bates Adapted Music for Students with Special Needs
Amount Funded: $1,800.00
Grant Author: Kristin Bartenslager
Grant Summary: This grant funds weekly music therapy session for the students in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classroom. The individualized therapy is documented to increase socialization, self-expression, communication and motor development. Our classroom is a diagnostic setting that includes a speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, special education teacher and para professional staff. Our purpose is to diagnose, teach and discover learning styles for our students to create an individualized plan to assist in their transition to Kindergarten. Each year, through grant proposals, we try to include music therapy as part of this curriculum to further their abilities while working on their IEP goals and objectives.