Chris Van Dusen Visit: Funds to bring award-winning Maine author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen (Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee) to Coffin for two days, visiting every class to talk about how he writes, re-writes and illustrates his stories, as well as holding an all-staff lunch and other comprehensive community-building activities around his visit.
Multi-Age and CREA Collaboration for Animal Science Unit: Collaborative curriculum development opportunity between Coffin multi-age teachers and Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) to create a series of active lessons, training, teaching resources and supplies to enhance the Animals unit. This will also be shared with HBS second grade teachers.
Physical Movement to Promote Cognitive Development: Purchase of eight Hokki brand movement stools for use in the multi-age wing (1st and 2nd grades) to extend concentration and stamina in wiggly students.
Connecting STEM and Literacy through Hands-On Learning: Purchase of Fairy Tale Problem Solving STEM kits for all kindergarten classrooms. Hands-on materials to inspire, problem-solve, challenge and explore key skills and concepts. (ie. Students build a chair that could work for Goldilocks and all 3 Bears…or students learn engineering concepts as they design a house that the wolf can’t blow down…)
Harriet Beecher Stowe School
Meet the Turtles and The Life of Istar: Funds to bring two programs from the Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine to HBS to present to all second graders. In the 2016-2017 year, Meet the Turtles will enrich the science unit on reptiles. In the 2017-2018 year, the outreach program Life of Istar will visit as part of their studies of mammals.
Songs and Stories 2: Funding to support the purchase of two books per classroom that will be integrated into the development of music for the second-grade winter choral concert.
Elementary STEM Challenges: Funding to support the purchase of science and engineering materials to be used as enrichment activities in the 5th grade science curriculum.
Music to Soothe the Soul 2: Purchase of an iPod to use with the sound system purchased through a BCEF grant last year (the teacher has been using her own phone). This system is used to play music in the main entry hallway at the start and end of school each day as 700 students move through.
Brunswick Junior High School
Outdoor Classroom Space: Funding to create a welcoming outdoor classroom on the grounds of BJHS consisting of a paved patio, wooden picnic tables and sitting benches and raised beds to grow fruit trees and flowering plants. The classroom will be available for use by all grades and classes.
Orff Instruments for Adaptive Music: Purchase of a set of high quality Orff instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels and metallophones), specifically for use in the adaptive music education classes, and also for use in the 6th grade general music program, World Drumming ensemble, composition and accompaniment for the BJHS choral music program.
Measuring Macromolecules: Funds to purchase five digital scales to be used for accurately determining the mass of food before and after burning when measuring the energy content of foods as part of the 8th grade science unit on chemistry.
LGBT Book Purchases: Funds to purchase a collection of novels and nonfiction books that feature LGBT issues or characters for the school library, and small set of classroom texts for novel studies in 8th grade.
BJHS and BHS Leadership and Team Building Initiative: Costs to repair the existing low ropes course at BJHS. The district has committed to seek funds to support training for staff members as part of a larger BJHS/BHS freshman transition initiative.
Math and Motion 2: Part 2 of a previously funded BCEF grant to pilot the use of bicycle desks in the math classrooms at BJHS. This second grant will provide a bicycle for every math classroom at the school, to be used by students on a rotating basis as a healthy physical outlet during class. The pilot project yielded strong evaluations from teachers and students alike.
Creative Writing Club Literary Magazine: Funds to support the high-quality printing of the BJHS Creative Writing Club’s annual literary magazine, Husky Prints.
Brunswick High School
Coding with RobotC: Funding to purchase robotics kits and materials to launch a new computer coding course at Brunswick High School for the 2017-2018 school year.
Student Shellfish Aquaculture and Ecological Monitoring Initiative: Materials for service-learning and biology students to practice hands-on aquaculture techniques at Wharton Point on Maquoit Bay. Students will also gain exposure to local job opportunities in harvesting and marine resource management as they grow hard shell clams in predator exclusion boxes. This is a continuation of a fall semester project funded with support from University of Maine’s EPSCoR SEED grant and a Sea Grant Project Development grant, and is helping to build a stronger connection to marine sciences in the BHS science curriculum.
Brunswick High School Farm Project: Support to expand a four-year old farming program established at the high school to offer hands-on farming experience and enrichment opportunity through the summer, promote awareness of sustainable farming techniques and food scarcity, develop business skills in managing a CSA, and highlight the importance of philanthropy through weekly donations of student grown produce to the local food pantry.
BHS and BJHS Leadership and Team Building Initiative: Provide funding to support the continued work of the Freshmen Transition Committee at BHS and BJHS. Funds will build and inspect three low ropes elements at Brunswick High School that are complementary to the ones being repaired at the junior high – together they will provide a comprehensive teambuilding challenge site. This will also allow the 9th grade orientation program to be held on the BHS campus rather than seeking an off-site location.
The REAL Adventure Project: Support to purchase a variety of camping gear to promote service-learning and adventure-based programming at the school. Gear will also be shared with the BHS Outing Club and other schools as needed.
Resilient Ocean Vitality: Acquisition of requisite tools and science kits needed for REAL School students to participate in the Resilient Ocean Vitality Unit through a partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s citizen science program, Vital Signs.
The Toolbox Project: Funds to support the purchase of basic carpentry and construction tools that can be utilized by students working on hands-on service learning projects throughout the curriculum.