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Extraordinary Giving Benefits Warwick Students

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In this photo, students join Cosmic Mike after one of his presentations.  Teachers Beth Smith and Sarah Holton received a grant from the Warwick Education Foundation’s Expert in Residence program to bring Cosmic Mike to town.

The Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving held on November 22, was a huge success countywide and according to Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) President Grant Hummer, it was a welcome boost for local education.  In just 24 hours, participants made online donations totaling $8,986 for the Warwick Education Foundation.  These generous contributions qualify the WEF for an additional percentage of the $250,000 stretch pool that was contributed by the event organizers – the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Hummer pointed out two examples of the types of unique and innovative learning opportunities that Extraordinary Give participants help deliver.  Both took place during the same week as the Extraordinary Give event and involved visits by Foundation-funded Experts in Residence who touched Warwick students with their programs.  Cosmic Mike, astronomer at the North Museum of Natural History, showed students the stars at Kissel Hill Elementary School and Rene Bibaud, five-time world champion jump-roper and educator, visited Lititz Elementary school for a weeklong jump-rope program that combined music rhythms and physical fitness.

During the course of Cosmic Mike’s four visits to Warwick elementary schools this fall, over 1,200 students in 3rd through 6th grade learned about the planets and the universe from his interactive presentations.    Another 500 students from all grades at Lititz Elementary School experienced Bibaud’s action-packed style and energy that challenged students and gave them confidence to try new jump-rope moves and choreograph their own routines with music.

According to Hummer, “These programs and many more like them are made possible by contributions from the community.  That’s why the WEF is so grateful to all who participated in the Extraordinary Give.”

New iPads for Elementary Schools

ipads“I’m a genius!”  That was the comment of one first grader learning to read with the new technology in Reeny Morell’s first grade class at John R. Bonfield Elementary School.  Her students love using iPads for reading, writing, math, and more. It’s no surprise – today’s students are more engaged in learning when technology is used in the classroom.  Now, with the addition of new iPads in primary grades, more Warwick students access iPad technology and learn in ways their parents never dreamed.

This year, the Warwick Education Foundation provided $57,832 to the Warwick School District to initiate the first phase of the District’s plan to put more technology for learning in the hands of students.  According to Dr. Daniel Doremus, Vice President for the Warwick Education Foundation, “Providing the iPads is a gratifying experience for the Foundation.  It fits with the district’s technology plan, gives teachers access to exciting teaching tools, and has tremendous student impact for this year and years to come.”

One hundred twenty (120) iPads were purchased for use by young people in kindergarten through second grade. The equipment was configured by the school district’s Technology Department and thirty iPads, along with a synchronization cart were rolled out to each of the district’s four elementary schools. Students started using the new technology immediately.

Warwick’s technology staff and teachers embraced the new iPads eagerly and continue to meet regularly to explore apps and share iPad lessons and experiences for use in classrooms.  In the course of the school year, teachers will engage approximately 1,200 students in interactive learning with the new technology.

The ipads are particularly helpful for young students, providing tools that help teachers instruct, evaluate, and coach new readers more quickly and effectively. Teachers can give students access to a variety of fun and engaging applications appropriate for different reading levels.   Students gain confidence and improve their reading fluency by interacting with learning activities on the iPad.  They can see and write the alphabet and words.  They can hear sounds, listen to books, and record themselves too.

Dr. April Hershey, Warwick School District Superintendent said, “This type of technology is a tremendous boost for teaching elementary students.  We are grateful to receive it and recognize that it would not be possible without the funding provided by the Warwick Education Foundation.”  Student education will benefit even more as teachers continue to incorporate their learning into the classroom experience.

Over $34,000 Awarded to Warwick Teachers for 2013-14

The Warwick Education Foundation awarded over $34,000 in grants to teachers from the Warwick School District for the current school year.  Nineteen teachers received grant funding to implement 21 innovative educational programs and experiences this school year.  Students in all six Warwick schools, elementary through high school, will experience the new programs.
The WEF awards two types of grants for teachers annually.  “Teacher grants” (up to $1,500 each) allow teachers to implement educational activities that augment, enrich and extend the regular curriculum.  In addition, the WEF awards “Expert in Residence” grants to support visits from outside experts who offer workshops, demonstrations, plays, and hands-on learning to Warwick students.   This year, the Foundation dispersed grants totaling $17,143 for the Teacher Grants and $16,975 for the Expert in Residence Program.
Projects that received funding were selected by the Warwick Education Foundation using a competitive process.  The topics, schools, and grade levels varied greatly and can be viewed at the following links.

Teacher Grants
Expert in Residence Grants

Grant recipients were recognized at the Opening Day Teacher Inservice program.  Front Row, (l to r): Mari Cummins, Diana Griffiths, Angela Rubin, Amy Evans, Colleen Heckman, Kirsten Lefever, Beth Smith, Amy Martin, Andrea Hoglund, and Laurie Hess.  Back Row (l to r):  Kathy Rill, Wendy Hoyer, Ray Mount, Jeff Dubosq, Jen Teale, Julie Meckley, Sarah Holton, Jenn Hartzler, and Reeny Morrell.

Grant recipients

Family Fun Day 2013 – Something for Everyone

Carnival games, go-karts, a mechanical bull, mini-golf, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, batting cages, a driving range, music, and more – the opportunities for families and friends to enjoy a variety of activities together were plentiful at Family Fun Day on September 28th, 2013.  The day was beautiful and over 500 people participated.  Representatives from Warwick elementary school Parent Teacher Organizations led the carnival games, and Warwick High School students from the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the Interact Club served as volunteers.  It was a great day for families and for Warwick education. Proceeds benefit Warwick students through the Foundation’s Teacher and Expert In Residence grant programs.  For more information, click here

13th Golf Classic – A huge success

golf7One hundred twenty golfers brought their golf clubs, talent, and in some cases their sense of humor to the 13th Annual Golf Classic on August 27th.  It was a fabulous day for golf and the tournament was a wonderful, fun community event at the Fairview Golf Course. Thirty-nine companies, organizations, and individuals participated as tournament sponsors.  Proceeds benefit Warwick students through the Foundation’s Teacher and Expert In Residence grant programs.  Thank you to all who participated.  For more information, click here

Heart in a Suitcase Visits Warwick

Students at Warwick Middle School experienced the gripping and poignant theater production of “My Heart in a Suitcase”.  As an added bonus, they also met Holocaust survivor and author Anne L. Fox, whose life as a young Jewish child in Nazi Germany prior to World War II was the basis for the theater production.

In the play, Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Their life, like that of all Jews in Germany at the time, deteriorates quickly and in order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann choose to send Anne to England as part of the Kindertransport rescue mission. They are forced to say goodbye to their daughter, perhaps forever.

In reality, their goodbyes were forever.  Anne left her family at the age of twelve and never saw them again.  She was whisked with other children to England to escape the war, and to begin a new life alone, afraid, and with only her suitcase.  Anne’s parents never left Germany.  They kept in touch with her by letter and both died in Germany during the war. Anne’s mother died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz and her father died in a detention camp.
“My Heart in a Suitcase” is a story about survival and that was the message that author and Holocaust survivor Anne Fox shared with Warwick Middle School students after the performance.  Fox, now in her eighties, still actively tells her story.  She answered several questions from the student audience, sharing that through the play, the books that she writes, and the speaking that she does, she hoped they would learn about the Holocaust and the importance of tolerance and understanding.

The performance of “My Heart in a Suitcase” at Warwick Middle School was selected by teachers at the Middle School to complement the Language Arts curriculum.  The performances were organized by Language Arts teacher Mrs. Holly Kleimo and funded by the Warwick Education Foundation’s Expert in Residence Grant program.

The cast of “My Heart in a Suitcase” and author Anne L. Fox (center) shown after performing for 7th and 8th grade students at Warwick Middle School.  The theater production depicted Fox’s life as a young Jewish child in Nazi Germany prior to World War II.

The cast of “My Heart in a Suitcase” and author Anne L. Fox (center) shown after performing for 7th and 8th grade students at Warwick Middle School. The theater production depicted Fox’s life as a young Jewish child in Nazi Germany prior to World War II.

WEF Celebrates Contributors

Attendees at the Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) Recognition Reception heard first-hand about the ways their contributions make a difference for student education in the Warwick School District.  The reception, held April 25th at the Warwick Middle School, was an event to thank and recognize all WEF contributors who help make innovative educational programs and opportunities available to Warwick students. Sixteen Teacher Grants and 3 Expert In Residence Grants, totaling $29,845 were funded this year thanks to the contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations like those in attendance.

For the second year in a row, Lititz Mutual Insurance Company received the Foundation’s Valedictorian Award as the highest contributor to the WEF in a calendar year.

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Family Movie Night Largest Ever – Thank you!

Energy and excitement filled the lobby of Penn Cinema Theater on March 27th as the theater opened its doors to host the Warwick Education Foundation’s 6th annual Family Movie Night. Over 1,600 people enjoyed the newly released movie “The Croods” which played simultaneously in eleven of the cinema’s theaters. Thank you for participating!