Corridor Nine awards $7,866 in mini-grants to educators


Recipients of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce's 2013 mini-grants/ (Photo/Ron Bouley Photography)
Recipients of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce's 2013 mini-grants/ (Photo/Ron Bouley Photography)

Region – At the Nov. 21membership breakfast, with over 200 members and guests in attendance, the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce awarded 22 mini-grants to educators in 13 schools totaling $7,866.79. Grants were awarded for projects that benefit students from kindergarten to grade 12. The chamber's mini-grant program is designed to support the development of innovative teaching ideas and increase student motivation and enthusiasm by providing funds for instructional experimentation and enrichment activities.

Since the mini-grant program's inception, 375 grants have been awarded totaling over $112,000.? Funding for the grants is dependent upon donations from Chamber members, including private individuals, businesses, and corporations. Special thanks to the following sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: Berkshire Bank; Gold Sponsors: Avidia Bank, Bank of America, Emseal Joint Systems Ltd., Marlborough Savings Bank, PENTA Communications, Inc., St. Mary's Credit Union, and United Bank; Silver Sponsor: Central One Federal Credit Union; Bronze Sponsors: Aalanco Service Corporation, Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers, BJ's Wholesale Club, CK Educational Services, Cumulus Global, Datachem Software, Inc., Glick Nissan, Marriott Residence Inn, New England Coaching, Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, and Webster Five Cents Savings Bank; Copper Sponsors: Precision Marketing Group, LLC, and UniBank.

The 2013 mini-recipients are:

Westborough High School

Mary Flanagan, World Language Teacher

Project Title:? Advancing Foreign Language Speaking Skills through Storytelling and Games

Paton School

Camille Viscomi, 1st Grade Teacher

Project Title:? Award Winning Broadway Productions

Fales School

Kate Finn and Beth Ramos, Reading Specialists

Project Title:? A Community of Readers

St. Bernadette School

Peg Lien, Art Teacher

Project Title:? Community Labyrinth

Mary Anne Jezierski, Grades 6-8 Social Studies Teacher

Project Title:? Walking the United States

St. Mary's School

Cheryl Dolan, 1st Grade Teacher

Project Title:? Practice Makes Perfect!? Fluency Fun in Grade One!

Peaslee School

Lisa Miranda/Andrea Daunais, 5th Grade Teachers

Project Title:? Engaging Scientific Inquiry through Technology with Elementary Students

Nancy Kellner, Librarian

Project Title:? Find Your Voice: Using VoiceThread to Motivate and Engage Young Learners

Trottier Middle School

Amy Reilly, Grade 6-7 Science/Math Teacher

Project Title: Bringing Cells to Life for All Students through Interactive Models and Visualization

Parker Road Preschool

Melissa Johnson, Classroom Teacher

Project Title:? Creating Little Scientists: Empowering Creativity through Science and Math

Lisa Robinson, Preschool Program Director

Project Title:? Mathematicians in Preschool, and

Kathleen Lange-Madden, Director of K-12 English Language Education

Project Title:? Increasing Literacy through Dual Language Libraries

Proctor School

Joanne Giancola, Library Teacher/Sylvia Pabreza, Reading Specialist

Project Title:? An Author Study of Jacqueline Davies

Diane Gage, School Nurse/Joanne Giancola, Library Teacher/ Fernando Ferreira, Physical Education Teacher

Project Title:? Jump, Skip, Run….READ!

Liz O”Neil, 5th Grade Teacher and Lois Shaughnessy/Amanda Sharpe, Learning Center Teachers

Project Title:? Let's Catch the Reading Bug: Investing Struggling Learners in Independent Reading

Amy Mara, 2nd Grade Teacher

Project Title:? It's in the Bag! Math Games for Families

Algonquin School

Danielle DeCiero, Visual Art Teacher

Project Title:? Permanent Gallery

Susan Vaughan, Science Teacher

Project Title:? Crime Scene Investigation

Oak Middle School

Jason Ponticelli, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Project Title:? Scrabbled Eggs: Hatching Better Spellers!

Zeh School

Mary Lincoln, Reading Specialist

Project Title:? The Missing Link! Advancing Knowledge in Science and Literacy

Tami Johnson, Special Education Teacher

Project Title:? Manipulative Mania: Math and Literacy Methods for Mastery

Melican Middle School

Steven Knight, 7th Grade ELA Teacher

Project Title:? Elective Affinities: Skate Club

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