Albemarle Co. Schools Receive Grants for Classroom Projects
Seven Albemarle County public schools have received grants totaling more than $9,000 for new classroom projects when students come back next fall.
The grants are from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation.
The largest chunk of the money will go to Jack Jouett Middle School to fund a project that will teach students how to use physical exercise to generate electrical power for battery-operated appliances in the school.
Albemarle County Public Schools Press Release June 21, 2012
Seven Albemarle County Public Schools Receive Shannon Foundation Grants
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Seven Albemarle County public schools have received grants totaling $9,500 for innovative classroom projects for the 2012-13 school year. The grants are from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education.
The largest single grant in the county school division is $4,665 for Jouett Middle School to fund a project that will teach students how to use physical exercise to generate electrical power for battery-operated appliances in the school. Students will apply science and engineering knowledge to build cycles that will be pedaled to generate the power.
Six of the division's elementary schools will receive individual grants of up to $750 for projects that will help students learn about life sciences, geography, history, horticulture, and mobile technologies. Among the elementary schools receiving grants are Baker-Butler, Crozet, Greer, Meriwether Lewis, Murray, and Yancey.
The Shannon Foundation was established in 1990 to provide funds to public school teachers in the city and county for use in innovative programming. The Foundation is named for University of Virginia President Emeritus Edgar F. Shannon, Jr., and his wife, Eleanor, in honor of their contributions to public education over many years.
Since 1990, the Foundation has distributed over $300,000 in grants to city and county public school teachers for nearly 400 projects at both the classroom and school levels. According to the Foundation, teachers who have received grants have documented an increase in student test scores and greater enthusiasm for learning among students. All administrative costs for the foundation are funded through contributions from its board of directors so that 100 percent of monies received from the public are used for classroom and school projects.