G-A teachers awarded chamber technology grants

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Teachers received grants from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation on Oct. 10 to use technology in their classrooms. From left, are: Dwight Munson, Shawn Eckenrode, Kerrie Barnes, Terri Orkwiszeski, Elizabeth Wilson, Karen Malone and Ronalyn Bingaman. Ashley Martin was absent.

CHAMBERSBURG — The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation awarded grants totaling $26,700 on Oct. 10 to teachers in Franklin County focusing technology in an innovative way in their classrooms. Teachers received the grants at the Foundation’s annual luncheon at The Orchards.

Receiving grants were Elizabeth Wilson, Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School, $6,409; Dwight Munson, Franklin County Career and Technology Center, $3,993; Terri Orkwiszeski, Ashley Martin and Kerrie Barnes, Greencastle-Antrim High School, $4,935; Ronalyn Bingaman, Greencastle-Antrim High School, $4,260; Shawn Eckenrode, Franklin County Career and Technology Center, $3,956; and Karen Malone, Mercersburg Elementary School, $3,150.

With the grant, Wilson will have her fifth-grade students become Weather Watchers on a daily basis – tracking, recording and analyzing data from real world weather events. They will compare their forecasts to the forecasts of meteorologists and actual events.

Munson’s electrical occupations students will design systems found in the electrical maintenance/manufacturing industry. The skills they learn will translate into other areas of automation and manufacturing.

Science students at Greencastle-Antrim High School, taught by Orkwiszeski, Martin and Barnes, will attain samples of aquatic life that will be monitored over time, as will water quality. Students will create a film regarding their corrective measures and steps.

Bingaman’s students at Greencastle’s high school will compose original music and redesign folk songs through the Innovative Creativity Station. Students will compose using a software program, electronic keyboards and computers.

Compositions will be presented to classmates during Channel One announcements.

Eckenrode’s students at the Career Center will learn how cell phones, microphone ovens and toasters get “smart.”

Malone’s students will create and share poetry using tablet computers and specialized apps. The technology will advance their learning and communications skills. This project will be piloted in the special needs class at Mercersburg Elementary but is planned to be implemented schoolwide.

“We would not be able to provide these grants if it weren’t for our generous business partners and the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program,” said Noel Purdy, executive director of the Chamber Foundation. “As an Educational Improvement Organization, the Chamber Foundation can accept contributions from businesses and in return those businesses can receive significant tax credits.”

EITC contributors include M&T Bank, Orrstown Bank, Susquehanna Bank and Waste Management.  For information about the program, contact Purdy at 264-7101, ext. 207. The Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.