Grant Title: Author Visits and Novels to Engage Middle School Readers
The 2016-2017 “Author Visits and Novels to Engage Middle School Readers” grant supports literary initiatives at the middle school level impacting nearly 4,000 students. The selected young adult novels – which include Jason Reynolds’ “As Brave As You” and “Ghost,” and K.A. Holt’s “Rhyme Schemer,” “House Arrest” and “Red Moon Rising” – will be available in novel and audio format at each of the six CPS middle schools. In addition to supplying the novels, the grant provides for in-person author visits from both Reynolds and Holt at each middle school.
Grant Funds Requested: $20,000
Grant Title: MakerSpaces
The 2015-2016 CPSF grant provides funding for MakerSpaces at ten CPS elementary schools. MakerSpaces promote STEM activities and provide a hands-on learning experience where children can flex their creative muscles and problem-solving skills. MakerSpace stations might focus on circuitry, design, electronics, robotics, building, coding, or other STEM skills. Supplies can include 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and everyday materials, all with the goal of engaging students with making technology and developing problem-solving skills.
Grant Funds Requested: $25,000*
*An additional $25,000 was graciously donated from the Veterans United Foundation. CPSF donated an additional $9,900 so that all ten elementary schools could be funded.