Bay Village Education Foundation awards classroom grants

Bay High seniors Ellie LaMotte (left) and Sarah Sutherland display items sewn to add comfort and convenience for Normandy Elementary students.

The Bay Village Education Foundation awarded more than $15,000 in classroom grants, funding eight projects and benefiting all four K-12 Bay Village City Schools.

At Bay High School, family and consumer sciences teacher Bridgit McFarland and two high school seniors, Ellie LaMotte and Sarah Sutherland, were awarded $573 for "One Rocket Nation Service Project." The funds will purchase materials to create useful items for students at Normandy Elementary School. The students displayed some items they had already sewn, such as floor pillows (for Mrs. Hart's second-graders), pencil pouches (for Mrs. Bogart's second-graders), and seat pockets for the back of chairs (for Mr. Prebul’s Kindergarten classroom). The sewing supplies were funded through the Foundation’s Maynard Bauer Leadership Fund.

Occupational therapist Paula Michaud was awarded $930 for "Refreshing Recess Resources for Tweens and Teens." The funds will be used to purchase tools that can be used at Bay High and Bay Middle School to provide students with needs the opportunity to renew or expend excess energy within the school day. Students will use hula hoops, medicine balls, hand exercisers, hand weights, "Table Topics for Teens" (conversation starting cards), and other items to help manage their energy.

"Launchpad Professional Learning," submitted by Bay Middle School library media specialist Melissa Wolf and library assistant Susan Lapolla was awarded up to $560 for supplies regularly used in the Launchpad (a maker space), but these supplies will be used just for the teachers in the school to encourage them to utilize the Launchpad in their own curricula.

Third-grade teacher Kate Holinek was awarded $866 for cushioned seats, fidget bands and tactile balls which will allow for and support her students in using positive ways to expend energy (mindful movement).

“Old Smart Boards in Need of a Clevertouch” awarded up to $6,268 for two Clevertouch Interactive Displays, an all-in-one 75-inch tablet computer. The grant, written by district technology coordinator Brian Reynolds and second-grade teacher John Maxwell, will fund two displays, to be placed in a Normandy Elementary and Westerly Elementary classroom.

Kindergarten teacher Emily Sorber’s grant application, “Intervention Assistance Team Resource Closet,” was awarded $2,988 for such items as slant boards, cube chairs, kick bands, weighted lap pad, and hand fidgets for students at Normandy Elementary that have sensory, fine motor or attention needs.

“Normandy Padcaster Studio: Let’s Share the Good News” was submitted by music teacher James Kotora and awarded $1,600 for a Padcaster Studio to complete the green screen video studio for the Hive at Normandy.

Reading specialist Barb Marsh will receive $924 for “Recordable Story Books for Bay Buddies.” The funds will purchase storybooks with a recording component to be used for first-graders who are paired with a senior citizen from the Dwyer Center in the Bay Buddies mentoring program. Bay Buddies provides additional emotional support through reading to identified first-graders.

Special needs students at Bay Middle School will continue to learn about different cultures each month, including experiencing various cuisines, made possible by a $500 grant submitted by intervention specialist Colin Lackey and awarded through a fund in memory of Ann-Marie Young, a former intervention specialist at Bay Middle School.   

Learn more about the Bay Village Education Foundation at

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:27 AM, 11.05.2019