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Spring 2010

~From Farm To Table
Holcomb Farm Learning Center has received $5,026.40 to build a greenhouse to support farm-based education programs.  Through a combination of formal school programs which include Granby, Hartland, and Hartford schools, preschool programs, farm camps, and community events, Holcomb Farm reaches approximately 1900 Granby students, 1350 Hartford students, and 800 local community members.  Programs will take students from the planning and planting of gardens, through maintenance, composting, harvest, and preparation of healthy snacks from the produce grown. (Application submitted by Lucy Eyre Lindeyer)

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~And Then There Were Two…Robotics Clubs
The GEF has awarded Granby Memorial Middle School $1500 to fund Team #3146 Granby Grunts, registered with FIRST, a national program with over 90,000 student participants worldwide.  Students work together, along with parent and community mentors, to build a robot in a six week timeframe.  Culminating in a competition, this process essentially teaches students to create and run a small business.  The “LEGO LEAGUE” program is designed specifically for middle school students, to increase interest in math, science and technology, and “to emphasize the idea of gracious professionalism as a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizing the value of others and respect for individuals.”  (Application submitted by  teachers Caron Kempf and Ann Buckley)

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~Click To Learn
The GEF awarded $2420 to Wells Road Intermediate School for the supplemental purchase of eInstruction’s hardware and software package “Classroom Performance System” (CPS).  The software allows teachers to create curriculum relevant questions, while the radio frequency response pads and receiver unit allow students anonymity as they answer questions; results can be quickly compiled and addressed within the remainder of the lesson, ensuring that no student “leaves the class with an unsettling feeling of the chance of failure or uncertainty or with an inaccurate sense of comprehension.”  (Application submitted by Math teacher Rob Faber)

~The Art of Welding
The GEF awarded $250 to the AP Art program at Granby Memorial High School for the materials and machine costs associated with a mig welding program.  “We are providing the ambitious future artist an opportunity to experience a real working sculpture studio while learning about both welding and plasma cutting.”  This program would not have been possible but for the collaborative effort between a dedicated teacher and Mr. Brad McDougall’s donation of time, labor and studio. (Application submitted by AP Art teacher Holly Hecht)

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