The Johns Creek Foundation Board of Directors recently approved grants for $2,500 for three local school entities: Medlock Bridge Elementary Foundation, River Trail Middle School PTA and Taylor Road Middle School PTA.
The Medlock Bridge Elementary Foundation has a primary mission to secure donations for capital improvements at the school. Working closely with the school and the PTA, the school’s foundation requested grant funds to assist in the upgrading of the production studio equipment in the media center. The award-winning media center will continue to provide the teachers the ability to assist students in creating multimedia presentations and to provide an avenue to expose students to new technologies.
River Trail Middle School PTA has a vision and goal to work collaboratively with the school to enhance student achievement and create an atmosphere where families are encouraged to be involved with their child’s learning. This PTA, while having many fundraising events, requested additional support to provide technology across more grade levels and classrooms to increase the level of engagement in learning. Their iPad project was the answer so teachers can utilize content specific apps to create problem based learning opportunity to develop and stimulate the analytical skills needed in the world today.
Taylor Road Middle School PTA understood the need of the school and teachers to differentiate instruction in the class and provide for increased technology use by the students. Through a workshop conducted with the faculty, their project has a two-prong initiative: to increase student use of technology in the classroom and to implement and use differentiated instruction. The grant approval will help fund the purchase of cameras, projectors and software programs to carry out this initiative.
“The Johns Creek Foundation grant program continues to extend the opportunities to expand student learning and achievement. As a supporter and through a common vision of excellence in education, the Johns Creek Foundation Board is honored to be a part of the grant winners’ exemplary efforts to promote all levels of educational opportunities. Congratulations to our recipient winners,” said Randee Nagler, retired Fulton County Area Superintendent and former Johns Creek Foundation board member.
The Johns Creek Foundation seeks to promote excellence in the quality of life for the citizens and business of Johns Creek by encouraging and directing financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational and cultural growth, and strengthen unique community identity and spirit.
By raising funds from individuals and businesses and granting them into the community the foundation serves as a rallying point for “giving back” in Johns Creek. In its first six years, the foundation has poured some $100,000 into the community through programs as varied as the summer arts camp at Johns Creek Arts Center to the Ceremony of HOPE at the Johns Creek Relay for Life. Visit www.JohnsCreekFoundation.org for more information.