TEFFLA awards grants worth $1,300

Math, Spanish immersion, art students to benefit


NW_TEFFLAlogoThe winter grant cycle of The Education Foundation of the Forest Lake Area produced $1,300 in awards for three projects.

The largest grant, $750, was for technology that Forest Lake Area Schools math teachers will use for a project titled “Connecting with Math.” Using an iPad’s camera, teachers will capture images or video of student work, and an application and software included in the grant will project the students’ solutions for their peers to observe and analyze. Time will be maximized through the live display, and teachers will see the students at work and strategically pick examples to showcase.

According to the grant application, “Making these connections will provide students a deeper understanding of math problem-solving strategies as well as an awareness of the most efficient solutions for each particular problem.”

TEFFLA provided $300 for an international pen pal project involving fourth-grade immersion students at Forest Lake Elementary. The grant went toward a wide-angle computer video camera and related equipment that will allow 34 students in Brittany Cullen’s class to interact with their pen pals from an English immersion school in Valencia, Spain. The camera will be used to create videos and to hold live conferences via Skype.

“We are using this experience to enhance students’ second-language skills and to provide them with an authentic, exciting language and cultural experience,” the grant applicant wrote.

The third grant covered transportation costs for students of Area Learning Center art teacher Laura Anton to take a field trip to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. There, the ninth- through 12th-graders were to participate in a bookbinding workshop at the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. Funds for the workshop came from a Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education Advisory Council mini-grant.

“Hopefully, by providing students with enriching learning opportunities such as creating a hand-made book at the MCBA, students will become more engaged and successful in school,” the TEFFLA grant applicant wrote.

TEFFLA awards grants as part of its mission to support education and community activities that benefit the youth, teachers, programs and communities of the Forest Lake school district. Preference is given to projects and initiatives that are innovative and enrich or supplement teaching and learning activities. Information on grant applications can be found at www.teffla.org.