BCPEF grants to city grow
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 06, 2013 | 563 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation continued to give back to Cleveland City Schools with $47,000 in financial gifts last year.

Rebecca McIntire, BCPEF executive committee president, presented a midyear report in a recent school board meeting.

She shared a couple of examples of this year’s mini-grant recipients.

“Siema Swartzel has been building her program over the years. She is a third-year recipient. She integrates math with the musical curriculum, teaches proper performance etiquette, and she has just really created a fantastic program there,” McIntire said.

A mini-grant requested by teachers at Stuart Elementary was also presented to the board.

“For the first time we have received a team grant. In the past, we had individual teachers sending in applications for individual grants,” McIntire said. “The core curriculum standards changed for kindergarten and these teachers got together and decided they needed to do something [to help their students].”

Continued McIntire, “You all should be very proud. The money you as the Board of Education gives to the foundation goes back to support these grants.”

A $30,000 grant by the Bank of Cleveland to E.L. Ross inspired a video of thanks by the school. Principal Lisa Earby explained how the iPads and iPad training have aided teachers and students alike. Children could be seen working on iPads during class.

Jason Dasher, E.L. Ross teacher, said the iPad has been a blessing in his class. Students utilize the devices for extra research while working on reports. He said the iPads are more time efficient than the students sharing the class’ four computers.

Autumn O’Bryan shared with the board Cleveland High School’s idea for an alumni hall of fame.

“One of the things we hear a lot in multiple venues is we do not have a core place for our alumni. We do not have a place where our alumni are honored,” O’Bryan said. “These students who have graduated from Cleveland High School have done us a great service by showing the value of the education we are providing.”

O’Bryan said students in school today should have a place to be honored in 10 years.

“Years down the road, these students are going to be representatives of Cleveland High School to our city, our state and our country,” O’Bryan said.

Dawn Robinson, board member, said the hall of fame is a “fantastic” idea.

Jasmine Martin, board of education student liaison, updated the board on CHS activities.

“I just want to say congratulations to Coach Phillips and Coach Yost for the recent wrestling win, and congratulations to the basketball team,” Martin said.

Martin said students recently voted for silly superlatives, took senior superlative photos and are preparing for spring sports.

“Last time we spoke on SROs in the school, and I just want to share how the whole morale around the school is a lot better. I see [School Resource] Officer [Brian] Montgomery walking around the school a lot more, and if I am not mistaken, I have seen Chief Snyder walking through the halls, as well,” Martin said.

Martin Ringstaff, city schools director, said the Ronald McDonald Health Mobile will be at Blythe-Bower Elementary to see to the needs of students in the school system.