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Providing aid to schools

The Vigo County Education Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization committed to providing programs and projects that enhance and enrich public education.

For 35 years, the foundation has connected private dollars with public schools through community support from both businesses and individuals.

The VCEF is once again providing transportation funding for the summer enrichment and remediation program for students, which includes Math Magic/Writing Wonders and IREAD3.

These programs help children improve their reading and writing skills as well as learn problem-solving strategies to help them become proficient in math. Children from all 18 elementary schools and five middle schools attend these programs hosted at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.

Throughout the academic year, the VCEF also funds transportation for numerous field trips: a special concert performed by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra for fourth-graders, Fowler Park Pioneer Days for all second-graders and transportation and admission fees for all first-graders to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. The foundation also provides academic team competition support and is an active participant in the burgeoning Career Technology Education Department.

Last year, over $240,000 in grants were awarded across all curriculum content areas. These grants provide a multitude of hands-on learning experiences in math, science, literacy and the arts, as well as support programs that encourage good attendance and family involvement.

The VCEF is able to do this with the help of individual and corporate gifts, grants and fundraising events. Their largest fundraiser, the annual “Fore” the Kids Golf Scramble, is slated for July 26 at Rea Park. This event always sells out, so early registration is encouraged.

For more information about events or the Vigo County Education Foundation and its mission, visit vigocounty educationfoundation.org. People can also contact Jane Nichols, executive director, at 812-462-4077. “Like” them on Facebook and follow on Twitter @TheVCEF and Instagram @vcef2018.

The audience was definitely not in Kansas any more during this trip down the yellow brick road! Sugar Creek Consolidated Elementary School’s two-night run of “The Wizard of Oz” incorporated art, music, set design, lighting and student exhibits.

The Females in Technology Club at Terre Haute South Vigo High School stayed after school many days to work on various projects and learn about new tools and machines. One project gave them the skills to use CorelDraw software and Epilog Laser, and they made a jewelry box out of mirrored acrylic.

Otter Creek Middle School is “Increasing the Scope of Learning.” This grant provided a classroom set of microscopes to teach students how to investigate, analyze, and improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Students in Melanie Beaver’s class at West Vigo Middle School studied Laura Joffe Numeroff’s books to write their own stories. The project culminated with the middle school students being paired with the preschoolers in the Vikes and Tykes program to read the books together and share cookies, just like in the mentor text “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”

The “Mad Science Fridays” mini grant at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School provided safety goggles, trays and consumable science materials for bi-weekly hands-on experiments to enhance the science curriculum.

“If You Let a Student Write a Book…” Students in Melanie Beaver’s class at West Vigo Middle School studied the organizational writing style of Laura Joffe Numeroff’s books to write their own story, utilizing the author’s circular organizational pattern. These hard-bound books become treasured keepsakes.

Riley Elementary School students know, “When Life Gives you Lemons, Just Read!” This schoolwide grant provided a “Big Read,” or shared reading experience, for students, staff and families. They all read and discussed “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies. This joyful book focuses on collaboration, economics, math concepts and vocabulary words and shares real-life events.

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