The following educators have been awarded mini-grants:
Grace Polivka, NBIS grade 8 language arts teacher and curriculum leader, received the first mini-grant entitled, “History Alive – From the Page to the Stage: A Civil War Christmas”. This program takes 8th grade American history students from the one-dimensional page of print to the fully developed experience of live theater. Students journey from the pages of their textbooks and historical novels to the Long Wharf Theater while guided by their history, language arts, and theater arts teachers. Funding for this program will support an ‘artist in residence’ program provided by the theater prior to attending a performance of “A Civil War Christmas at the Long Wharf Theater.
Cathy Dziekan, NBIS school counselor, and Danielle Perry, NBIS social worker, received the second mini-grant entitled, “Drum Power.” This project, based on the model of psychotherapist, Robert Lawrence Freidman, uses drumming to help reduce stress and manage anger. Through guided imagery and the physical activity of drumming, students will leave the experience feeling energized and relaxed. Rhythmic games and activities will teach young people how to use drumming as a metaphor for conflict resolution, by increasing positive emotions and reducing negative emotions. Funding will provide the purchase of drums and rhythm cards and for a presentation by Dr. Robert Freidman.
Carrie Seiden, TVES library media specialist and Sheila Roberti, TVES language arts consultant, received the final mini-grant entitled, “TVES Author/Illustrator Night.” This program provides TVES students, staff, and families an opportunity to learn about the process of writing children’s books, from the original concept to the published book, as explained by a published author. To build excitement for program, every teacher will be given copies of the author’s books for “read-alouds” prior to the event. Grant money will be used for the author’s presentation fee and books for each classroom.
Marci Hart (Art Teacher, TVES and Art Curriculum Leader, K-5), was awarded
an Education Foundation mini-grant to purchase materials and equipment to display student art work in public spaces at the North Branford town hall.