Contributed by the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation
Funding provided to support innovative approaches to student learning in Manassas City Public Schools
Manassas, VA…The Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation has announced its school and teacher grants for the 2013-14 school year. The Foundation awarded fourteen grants totaling nearly $77,000 to educators in the Manassas City Public Schools division.
Advancements in technology lead to advancements in educational methods, and the MCPS Education Foundation is delighted to provide funding towards “Tablets for Excellence” for use at Metz Middle School, as well as a donation for “Annual Academic Carnival” at Round Elementary School. Osbourn High School students will benefit as funding was provided for the expansion of band instruments. Recognizing that literacy is the foundation of all learning, the Foundation funded the Weems Elementary School “Summer Reading Remedy Program”. Additionally, funding was provided for the Metz Middle School “Busch Gardens Physics Day” and Haydon Elementary School’s “Toying with Science” project.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and robotics program funding comprises the majority of the Education Foundation grants. Together, Micron Technology Foundation and Lockheed Martin generously contributed approximately $60,000 to the MCPS Education Foundation to be used for FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Robotics Challenge, SeaPerch underwater robotics, VEX and Zero robotics, Project Lead the Way, and summer engineering camps offered to all grade levels and every school throughout MCPS. The Education Foundation and its supporters recognize the importance of STEM and robotics literacy, and partner to ensure that Manassas City children have the opportunity to develop these skills in a fun and challenging environment.
To reach students of all levels and interests, the Education Foundation also provided funding for Osbourn High School’s “Saturday Learning Seminars”, as well as the Jennie Dean Dolphin Running Club. Finally, a grant was provided to Metz Middle School for “Exercising to the Beat of Life-Integrated Technology in P.E.”.
The MCPS Education Foundation is preparing to assess scholarship applications for graduating Osbourn High School seniors as well as for Manassas City Public School students participating in summer enrichment programs. Scholarship applications are due on March 21, and applications can be found atwww.mcpsedfoundation.org/scholarships.
The mission of the MCPS Education Foundation is to ensure funding for quality education for all MCPS students now and in the future, through advocacy, public awareness and community engagement to the work and needs of MCPS, and fund development from private and corporate sources to support Foundation programs and initiatives as needed within MCPS. For more information on the Education Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.mcpsedfoundation.org.
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