Foundation awards grants for schools

The Citizens for Better Schools Foundation awarded more

than $13,000 in grants for projects in the Snoqualmie Valley School

District. And to show their appreciation to the many donors who made it possible,

the foundation will hold an awards celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. on

March 15 at Optiva Corporation.

Citizens for Better Schools has supported Valley teachers,

students and the district since 1988. This year nearly two dozen projects were

funded by the foundation.

"It's something the teachers can look forward to and know it's

there," said Tonie Morgan, a member of Citizens for Better Schools. "It's

support the teachers can rely on and know that the community supports the kids."

The following projects were funded by this year's grants:

Buy the Bard, $100

Chief Kanim Middle School

Enhance student appreciation of Shakespearean language and to

introduce students to fight choreography in preparation for two

Shakespeare Festival performances.

Meadowbrook Way, $500

Mount Si High School

Publish a magazine which features poems, essays, short stories,

memoirs and play scenes written by Mount Si students.

Pioneer Life, $570

Fall City Elementary

Participate in a pioneer simulation at Vashon Island Ranch, a youth

hostel consisting of teepees and covered wagons. Throughout the study

students will learn about the challenges and motivations the pioneers faced

as they moved West.

Exploring Northwest Coast Indian Culture, $364

Opstad Elementary

Learn about the culture of Northwest Indians from a published author.

SCI/ART in Action, $1,398

Fall City Elementary

Participate in science and art activities facilitated by professional

artists and science experts from the community. The program will provide

students the opportunity to explore the significance of science and art in

their lives.

Virtual Salmon, $479

Snoqualmie Middle School

Create a CD ROM program along the lines of Encarta detailing the

history and possible solutions to saving the salmon runs in the area.

Science Club, $500

Snoqualmie Elementary

Provide instruction and materials for students to explore the areas

of flight, construction, momentum and energy.

Journey to Mars, $700

Opstad Elementary

Participate in a simulated space shuttle flight to Mars at the

Museum of Flight.

Preschool Literacy, $500

Snoqualmie Elementary

Provide preschool children with developmentally appropriate books

to take home and share with their families.

Rain Gear and Field Guides, $308

Two Rivers

Buy rain gear and field guides for students who venture into the

forests and fields around the Valley.

Hands-on Science, $1,198

Chief Kanim Middle School

Purchase six hot plates to learn how heat affects elements taught

in Earth, life and physical sciences.

Look, Listen, Learn, $675

Chief Kanim Middle School

Provide audiotapes to accompany print books available in the school


Jazz Improv, $500

Mount Si High

Promote interest and skill development in the area of jazz

improvisation through compact discs, videos and instructional software.

Intercultural Heritage Festival, $500

Mount Si High

Host a celebration of ethnic diversity that will inspire students of

all backgrounds to cherish their heritage and appreciate other cultures.

Jr. Great Books, $1,056

Opstad Elementary

Purchase book series that stresses inferential and critical thinking

skill development.

True Tales, $735

North Bend Elementary

Integrate current non-fiction reading into the geography/social

studies/science units with high interest stories.

Panther Satchels, $700

North Bend Elementary

Prepare a satchel filled with books that students can take home for

the week.

Environmental Science, $318.65

Two Rivers

Investigate the benefits of recycling and composting and learn to

reduce our contribution as a throwaway society.

Adventure Experience, $800

North Bend Elementary

Students will participate in a variety of activities and physical

group challenges that require participants to use trust, cooperation and

communication skills.

Readers Workshop, $40

Opstad Elementary

Integrate materials written on the Revolutionary War and Civil War

into the fifth-grade curriculum.

Learning Celebration, $500

Snoqualmie Elementary

Launch a school-wide "Respect for Learning" campaign which

includes motivational speakers, classroom presentations and daily


Dramatic Writing, $1,000

Fall City Elementary

Project utilizing drama and literature to promote student learning

and comprehension.

For more information about the awards ceremony or Citizens for

Better Schools, call Tonie Morgan at (425) 888-3797.

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