At an awards luncheon on Nov. 28, the board of directors of the Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation awarded eight mini-grants to Greencastle-Antrim teachers and counselors.

“G-AEF awarded teacher mini-grants in the past, but not for a few years,” said Garon Gembe, board president. “We are thrilled to bring the mini-grants back and are committed to continuing them each year.”

The application process began in September and the applications were due in October. The board of directors reviewed and discussed all of the grant applications.

“Initially, $5,000 was set as the limit for the revamped mini-grant process,” said Cheryl Brown, G-AEF executive director. “We were inspired by all of the applications and felt compelled to go over our intended budget and fund all eight worthy projects."

The teachers and counselors who submitted applications along with their projects are:

Haven Benedict

Benedict requested “Talk and Type” Logitech headsets with microphones for use by the fourth- and fifth-grade English language arts learning support classroom.

The acquisition of this equipment allows the teacher to better fulfill the access to dictation, as stated in the students' individualized education programs.

The access to dictation will increase student motivation when writing and spelling mistakes will also decrease. The use of dictation will also decrease handwriting frustrations exhibited by many students.

James Thomas and Meagan Brockway

Thomas and Brockway plan to create a chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors in the field of social studies.

The mission and purpose of Rho Kappa is to promote scholarship and to recognize academic excellence in social studies among high school students.

Daniel Barrett and Jenniffer Everetts

As school counselors, their unique role is to provide for social, emotional and academic needs of their students.

Barrett and Everetts applied for a professional development mini-grant to attend motivational interviewing. Motivational interviewing is a research-based technique that is about arranging conversations so that students talk themselves into change based on their own values and interests.

They will be attending a full day introduction training on Dec. 6.

Ronalyn Bingaman

Bingaman requested a mini-grant to purchase studio equipment for the studio recording foundation elective.

The additional equipment will allow more students to participate in the program and will be a vital part of the portable studio.

This equipment will allow students to record and listen to rehearsals. This will perfect the sound and help performance groups grow and develop their abilities through listening skills and becoming more analytical of their pitch, tone, dynamics and overall musicality during a rehearsal or performance.

Stacie Shaner

Shaner applied for a mini-grant to expand her library of game-based learning in seventh-grade mathematics.

Game-based learning is the educational concept of using games in the classroom to teach new concepts and reinforce previously taught concepts.

The games Shaner will be selecting cover a variety of math standards. She plans to introduce these new initiatives in January.

Robert Poole and Susan Hirneisen

Poole and Hirneisen each submitted an application for iPads in their classrooms.

In the classroom setting, technology is becoming increasingly important. With more iPads in the classrooms, students will be able to use technology on a more regular basis.

While G-AEF couldn’t fund all of the iPads requested, each mini-grant application was awarded two iPads with cases and charging station.

Ross Winegardner

Winegardner applied for a mini-grant to cover the cost of taking students in the human rights literature course to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Leading up to the trip, Winegardner will have students study the genocide in Cambodia and then the Holocaust.

During the field trip, students will take pictures of exhibits that most affect them and when they return they will put together a one-page reflection of the experience.

Winegardner plans to take the students on this field trip in the spring.

“We look forward to hearing back from all of the recipients in the spring and seeing the results of their projects that we funded,” said Brown.

G-AEF is planning an inaugural family-oriented New Year’s Eve event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Kaley Field on Dec. 31.

“It will be an early countdown,” said Brown. “We will be Raising the Bar as this free event to ring in the new year and kick-off the new capital campaign at Kaley Field which will consist of a ticket booth, concessions and restroom.”

For more information, follow G-AEF on Facebook, visit the “under-construction” website or call Brown at 717-658-0961.