Total Grants Funded = $1,068,125
At the WICSD Board meeting on Sept. 21, 2023, West Irondequoit Foundation President Mr. John Loury presented the annual grant check to Superintendent Dr. Aaron Johnson, Board of Education President Mr. Matt Metras and Vice President Mr. Matt Sullivan.
LITTLE MINDS, BIG WORLD: GLOBES FOR 3/4 CLASSROOMS
Globes in classrooms increase the desire for learners to be curious about the world around them. Uses for globes include promoting comprehensive and tactile learning, conceptualizing geography faster, building a deeper historical understanding, providing cross-cultural perspectives and supporting climate, weather and biome units. The globes will be used cross-curriculum within lessons, themes & units.
Grant authors: Teachers, led by Bernadette D’Amato.
ENHANCING & UPDATING HIGH SCHOOL ARCHERY
The grant funds the replacement of outdated archery equipment for Irondequoit HS physical education. It will bolster the current archery unit, which is an introductory unit for students, and also supports staff wellness. Many staff members enjoyed archery sessions at a recent Supt. Conference Day, exposing them to a new sport that can enhance concentration, focus and relaxation. VIDEO
Grant authors: Scott Carrick, Marc Callari, Dan Fichter, Jeannine Graves, Chuck Miller, Kelly Moroni and Kimberly Schon.
SENSORY ROOM AT IRONDEQUOIT HS
A sensory room creates a multi-sensory environment designed to help children use their bodies and environment to calm and organize themselves. This room will work to improve students’ mental health and confidence to give them more independence in their social, behavioral and academic abilities. Self-regulation can be a challenge for many, especially students on the autism spectrum. Having access to a sensory room at school will result in better attention and increased readiness to learn at school.
Grant authors: Corrine McCarthy, Special Education Teacher; Lindsey Lasch, Special Education Teacher; Andy Casini, Occupational Therapist.