Four separate grants totaling $13,300 will revamp classroom technology and improve Osborne Elementary School’s playground, according to the community foundation.
The awards Sandusky Schools received include:
• $1,900 for computers to expand the district’s “blending learning” initiative, which aims to train teachers to use various technology and enhance online learning options for high school students.
• $2,234 for a playground fence and gate at Osborne Elementary School, improving safety and completing a district-wide playground overhaul project.
• $3,840 for iPad minis and software to create “learning stations” in fourth-grade classrooms and encourage independent education.
• $5,334 for iPads and iTunes applications to improve speech therapy for students with communication challenges.
“We’re very excited,” district technology facilitator Claire Grantier said. “The foundation has always been very supportive ofSandusky Schools, and we’re very lucky to have that support in the community.”
Grant funding was made possible because of a large gift from the Dorn Foundation, as well as several other donations from community members.
Seventeen smaller, additional grants will benefit other Sandusky-area organizations.
The complete list of Sandusky/Erie County Community Foundation grants awarded in 2013’s second round:
• Agape Love Ministries: $4,000 for commercial kitchen equipment.
•Back to the Wild: $5,000 for handicap walkway extension.
• Boy Scouts of America: $1,528 for the “School Night for Scouting” campaign.
• Care and Share of Erie County: $5,000 for the “Fighting Hunger” project.
• Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority: $5,380 for portable air conditioners.
• Firelands Habitat for Humanity: $5,500 forklift and heating, ventilation and air conditioning repairs at new ReStore.
• Firelands Positive People: $4,400 for program DVD and website development.
• Firelands Symphony Orchestra: $2,499 for concert chimes.
• Heartbeat of Sandusky: $1,580 for cribs and mattresses.
• Humane Society of Erie County: $1,700 for the Healthy Animal Fund.
• Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio: $1,100 for Erie County patients assistance.
• Merry-Go-Round Museum: $5,000 for “Ups and Downs” animal exhibit.
• Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky: $1,380 for Cinderella’s Closet prom dresses.
• North Point Educational Service Center: $2,169 for iPads for students with disabilities.
• Sandusky Area YMCA: $5,895 for pool skimming lines repair.
• Sandusky State Theatre: $5,000 for royalties for “Miracle on 34th Street” production.
• Second Harvest Food Bank: $5,000 for food bank.