The public is invited to Saline Middle School Thursday night to see the ways in which the Foundation for Saline Area Schools is enriching education in the school district.
The foundation, a non-profit organization that provides private funding for academic projects, enrichment and materials for curriculum, hosts an open house in the Saline Middle School cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
For years, the foundation has provided small teaching grants to fund special programs. But over the last two years, the foundation has donated $65,000 to fund science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in the middle school, and $70,000 to fund new classroom libraries designed to promote literacy.
This year, the foundation is raising $75,000 in support of new foreign language curriculum that will be implemented in the elementary schools. According to Cheryl Hoeft, President of the foundation’s board of trustees, the foundation is about half-way there only a month into the campaign.
Saline Area Schools Superintendent Scot Graden said the foundation is playing an increasingly important role in the district.
“The Foundation for Saline Area Schools is a key partner for us. Their support - both the annual strategic grant and the teacher grants - provide important resources for our students and staff,” Graden said. “They do an excellent job of highlighting and supporting the excellent teaching and learning that is occurring in buildings day in and day out.”
The 90-minute open house will showcase some of the programs funded by the mini-grants and by the strategic grants.
Teachers will explain how their classrooms have been improved by last year’s Kids Who Read Succeed campaign. High school teacher Bridgette Sparks will showcase her “LiveScribe Pen” technology that was made possible by a foundation grant. The LiveScribe Pen records audio while capturing written data and can be used to deliver a videocast to students.
Foundation officials will be on hand to explain the new LOL (Love of Language Campaign), Hoeft said.
Guests who attend the open house also have the chance to win a new laptop computer.