Brunswick Community Education Foundation will award over $47,000 in 2018 to fund 33 grants across Brunswick’s public schools. Thank you to our Business Partners and indiviual donors for making it possible.
Coffin Community Gardeners: Initiated by Response To Intervention (RTI) support teacher Lisa Martin on behalf of the entire Coffin faculty
Gardening supplies and tools to improve the Coffin gardening program and expand it to include nearly all Coffin students. Students will grow seedlings, plant them at Coffin and at the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s community garden, monitor plant growth and donate harvested produce to local charity. The experiential knowledge gained will enhance learning objectives in writing and science.
Calming Skills in the Classroom: Initiated by behavioral interventionist Lori Watson
Buddha Boards, for a kindergarten class, to help teach students that the uncomfortable feelings that arise from mistakes, or conflicts, fade over time. Paintings and illustrations made on the boards with water disappear over several minutes, helping teach the concept of “letting go”.
Foreign Language LUNCH BUNCH: Initiated by Response To Intervention (RTI) teacher Annie Young
Funds to purchase picture books in multiple languages to compliment a program that has foreign language fluent Bowdoin students expose first and second graders to stories, rhymes, conversation, and songs in non-English languages.
Harriet Beecher Stowe School
Old Brunswick Day: Initiated by teachers Lou Sullivan, Andrea Wilson, Janelle El Ghazouani, and Andrea Feigner
The third and fifth grade will collaborate to hold the first annual Old Brunswick Day on June 8, 2018, bringing a living history of colonial Brunswick and the American Revolution to HBS and the community. BCEF funds will enable the purchase of a variety of blacksmithing and colonial craft materials, such as wooden looms and string for weaving, to be used as curriculum enhancements in the months leading to Old Brunswick Day. Additional BCEF funds will be used to purchase pop-up tents to serve as the homes and shops of colonial Brunswick on the day of the event.
Second Step for HBS: Initiated by HBS behavioral interventionist Elizabeth Van Uden
Funds to purchase anti-bullying kits and to implement the Second Step program in conjunction with Brunswick School Department objectives. This grant will allow the core Second Step emotional/social support and bullying prevention curriculum to be taught to all students at HBS and will provide opportunities for struggling and at-risk students to receive small-group interventions with targeted instruction.
Library Book Nook: Initiated by HBS librarian Jill O’connor
Funds to turn a library office currently used for storage into a cozy and comfortable reading space for students, featuring bean bag chairs, carpet, fairy lighting, a convertible desk and a small collection of special interest books specifically chosen for the Book Nook.
Author Visit, Lynn Plourde: Initiated by HBS librarian Jill O’Connor
Lynn Plourde, author of Maine Student Book Award selection Maxi’s Secret, and a Maine resident herself, will present to all students at HBS and then meet with fourth grade classes to discuss the book and her writing process. Maxi’s Secret, about a boy and his dog, was read aloud to all fourth graders during library and has been read by many fifth-grade students as well.
Spirit Series: Initiated by HBS fifth grade teachers Andrea Feigner, Blair Dwyer, Maria Palopoli, Marc Mazerolle, Holly Greene, and Janelle El Ghazouani
A portion of fifth grade students at HBS will participate in the Spirit Series, an acclaimed drama-based literacy and values initiative. The Spirit Series curriculum celebrates historical heroes through original one-act biographical plays which students study, co-write, stage, and perform.
Hello Arthropods!: Initiated by Sharon McCormack and all second grade and multi-age teachers at HBS and Coffin. Funds to purchase arthropod specimens mounted in resin blocks, magnifiers, and a gift card for the scientist who shares his live arthropod collection with our students, in conjunction with Learning Enrichment in the Academic and Arts Program (LEAP) and the second grade and multi-age science curriculum.
Moola! What does it Matter?: Initiated by Sharon McCormack and all second grade and multi-age teachers at HBS and Coffin
Funds to purchase materials and equipment for visiting scientist John Wallace to conduct demonstrations and experiments relating to matter, in conjunction with the Learning Enrichment in the Academic and Arts Program (LEAP) and the second grade and multi-age science curriculum.
Poem in Your Pocket: Initiated by Mary Lancaster, Robyn Orr, Nancy Bennoch, Sue Collins, Sue Priest, Shelby Kavanaugh, and Meghan Taylor
As a tie in to Poetry Month and leading up to Poem in Your Pocket Day, this grant enables the purchase of a variety of poetry books for each second grade class at HBS, so that students will have the opportunity to read poems in small groups, individually, with partners, and as a class.
Sensory Improvements for Behavioral Program: Initiated by special education behavior program staff members Heidi Krieger, Kevin Fisher, Darcy Sachs, and Scott Desmarais
An iPod Touch and Bluetooth speakers to play music for the purpose of creating a more calming, more comfortable environment in the behavior classroom.
Brunswick Junior High School
Visiting Author, Ben Bishop: Initiated by teacher Carrie Sullivan, and the BJHS language arts faculty
Ben Bishop, comic creator, and author/illustrator of many graphic novels, including Lost Trail, a graphic novel reimagining of Don Felder’s Lost on a Mountain in Maine, will visit with all BJHS Language Arts students to demonstrate how he writes and illustrates his stories, while sharing the role that hard work and honing his craft has played in his success.
Telling Room Writing Workshop: Initiated by teacher Carrie Sullivan on behalf of the BJHS language arts department
A two day writing workshop by representatives from The Telling Room in which sixth grade students will receive innovative writing instruction as well as one-on-one feedback. In addition, teachers will receive an after-school workshop on the teaching-of-writing which will be open to all BJHS faculty.
Learning About Cultures Through Agriculture: Initiated by teachers Pete Stevens, Andrew Kosak, Brigette Brescia, Conan McNamara, Becky Demars, and Felicity Beede
This grant will enable the purchase of a wide array of materials for students to grow cotton, flax, and corn to add an experiential element to the sixth grade social studies curriculum on Aztec, Mayan and ancient Egyptian cultures and the eighth grade study of the Civil War.
Wabanaki Hands-on Workshops: Initiated by teachers Carla Shaw, Sharon McCormack and Dick Weafer
Funds to host a variety of hands-on workshops so that seventh grade students can create a replica of a Wabanaki artifact in conjunction with their social studies unit on Maine’s Historic Tribe/ Wabanaki Confederation. Students will intern with local artisans and community members to make items such as baskets, tools or wigwams.
Robotics Club Expansion: Initiated by teacher Conan McNamara
BJHS’s Robotics Club was funded from a grant during BCEF’s inaugural year in 2015. It has proven so successful that this year, twice the number of students expressed interest than the club could accommodate. This grant funds the purchase of 8 Lego EV3 robotics kits, allowing for the launch of a second club of 24 students. The new club, Robotics 1, will be led by teacher Pete Stevens and teach introductory skills. Robotics 2 will be led by teacher McNamara and will teach more advanced skills to prepare students for competitions around the state and region.
We be Poppin: Initiated by speech and language pathologist Melissa Madden and Functional Life Skills teacher Siobhan Bogel
Materials and supplies for special education students in the Functional Life Skills program to launch a business selling popcorn to BJHS students during “Healthy Snack Break”. This project will tie to curriculum objectives in reading, math and social skills, among others.
Podcast Equipment and Training: Initiated by teacher Felicity Beede
Equipment and training so that students on the 8th grade Eagle Island Team can create original podcasts to share with other students, teachers, family or the wider world. The grant will fund the purchase of professional quality equipment and training by theater, film and voiceover actor Kristen DiMercurio.
Response to Intervention for Behavior classroom improvements: Initiated by RTI-B teacher Nina Wilette
To best meet the needs of RTI-B student’s social emotional learning, this grant gives funds to purchase furnishings and materials to improve the environment of the RTI-B space, such as exercise ball chairs, Guidecraft Teacher rocking chairs, and social emotional games to teach students skills in those areas.
Portland Pride Parade: Initiated by BJHS teachers Danielle Leblanc, Conan McNamara, Cory Buckram, BHS Teacher Charlie Arcand, HBS counselor Nancy Farrand and REAL School teacher Jeremy Floyd
Funds for transportation so that interested students can participate in this year’s Portland Pride Parade.
Outdoor Classroom Phase 2: Initiated by Sue Lamdin, Joan Iuzzilino and the BJHS Wellness Team
Funds to complete the new outdoor classroom space at BJHS. The classroom, when completed will feature a paved classroom area, picnic tables with umbrellas, a large sun shade, and raised beds planted with fruit trees and flowers.
Wiggle While You Work: Initiated by special education teacher Sue Chittum on behalf of the BJHS Special Education Department
Funds to purchase flexible furniture and seating options for Special Education students, allowing them to move their bodies while learning, which research shows helps improve attention and focus.
BHS/BJHS Leadership Challenge Course Training: Initiated by BHS teacher Rick Wilson and BJHS teacher Mary Lord on behalf of the BHS and BJHS Transition Committees
Last year, a BCEF grant enabled the construction of low ropes challenge obstacles at BHS and repair of low ropes obstacles at BJHS to be used in the Team Building and Leadership Initiatives for new freshman and sixth grade students. This grant will enable BHS and BJHS teachers to receive training on these elements to eliminate the need for an outside agency to run this program.
Linda Mood Bell Professional Development for Special Educators: Initiated by Brunswick School Department special education consultant Christine Schmidt
Funding to allow a team of teachers from across the district who work with at-risk populations of struggling readers to participate in a Linda Mood Bell Reading Workshop. Research has shown that the multi-sensory approach taught in these workshops dramatically improved reading comprehension and decoding for students frustrated with their own lack of progress.
Brunswick High School
Promoting Wellness: Initiated by all members of the BHS Wellness Professional Learning Group
The BHS Weight Room, as currently configured, has a primary focus on accommodating the training needs of student-athletes. This grant will enable the purchase of a wider array of exercise equipment to help transform the BHS Weight Room into an all-purpose fitness room that has the potential to positively impact the health and wellness of all students at BHS.
Teaching the Genome Generation: Initiated by teacher Stephanie Dumont
Equipment and materials to launch a working laboratory for extracting and examining gene sequences. Hands on exposure to molecular genetics will help prepare Brunswick High School students for not only STEM careers but also for becoming informed healthcare consumers.
Student Shellfish Aquaculture and Ecological Monitoring Initiative: Initiated by teacher Andrew McCullough
In a continuation of a grant from the previous cycle, this grant enables opportunities for Marine Science and Biology students at the High School to practice hands-on aquaculture techniques at Wharton Point on Maquoit Bay, including growing hard-shell clams in predator exclusion boxes and monitoring the population of invasive green crabs.
Farm Project: Initiated by teacher Jon Riggleman
Continuing from the previous cycle, this grant will fund materials and stipends to provide a rich educational farming experience for eight to twelve students, including meaningful work for under-resourced students. Additionally, it will provide fresh organic produce to the BHS cafeteria and continue to make food, farming and flowers a big part of the culture of BHS.
Region 10 Technical High School
Certified Nurses: Initiated by teacher Joanne McMahon
Materials and equipment to create a learning lab for the school’s Certified Nursing Assistant program, enabling Region 10 Technical High School to receive certification as an official state of Maine CNA testing site while providing students the opportunity to learn in the environment they will be tested in.
The REAL School
DREAM: Initiated by teacher Jeremy Floyd
Lego and science kits to engage students through hands-on design challenges and construction activities to teach science and mathematical principles. By exploring energy and how people can harness it to animate machines and perform tasks, students will give life to their own creations.
The REAL Challenge Project: Initiated by Carrie Ryba, Jeremy Floyd, Coreen Drown, and Melissa Cleaves, and the REAL School staff
Funds to create an American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course on the grounds of the school. Students will build a variety of obstacles that will be portable, flexible, and sturdy and meet the diverse needs of students. The obstacle course will allow students to strive to reach and meet goals for themselves, and this will translate into social, emotional, behavioral, and academic learning.
The REAL Filmmakers Project: Initiated by Ted Gill, Melissa Gallison, Adam Ward, Sam Fletcher, Sadie Russell, Evan Kumagae, and Mike Davis
Film and set design equipment to allow students to learn the basics of film production and create their own short films. Students will work toward the goals of time management, effective communication, work completion in a sequence of tasks, organization of information, screenplay construction, and development/completion of a final product, while taking an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to academics.