The 2012-2013 school year was a good one for Manassas schools, especially for those educators and students who benefited from the $62,000 donated by the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation.
The majority of the funds went to support robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs in the school division.
The Micron Technology Foundation and Lockheed Martin together donated some $53,000 to the education foundation to fund STEM projects and events at every school, including FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology LEGO League, FIRST Robotics Challenge, SeaPerch underwater robotics and VEX robotics.
Thousands of dollars also went toward funding three literacy programs in the schools.
Jennie Dean Elementary School received a grant for the “Reading All Together Year II,” a follow-up to the “Reading All Together” grant presented during the 2011-2012 school year.
The “Powerful Project Learning Club” at Haydon Elementary was also funded by grants from the foundation.
Mayfield Intermediate School received funding for "Furthering Students’ Reading Comprehension through Use of the Nook,” an initiative with the goal of bringing literacy and technology together.
Mayfield also received grant money to purchase iPads for its students.
About 540 Osbourn High School students will benefit from the ELMO presentation and document cameras purchased with grant money.
The cameras are effective in English as a Second Language learning, special education and general education instruction by providing a demonstration-based learning environment said Katie Ball, coordinator for Manassas City Public Schools Professional Learning and Fine Arts.
The school also received money to buy cameras to produce the high school yearbook.
Education foundation funds also supported “Saturdays in DC,” a field trip program for Metz Middle School students and the Jennie Dean Dolphin Running Club.
Learn more about the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation at its page.