Foundation award grants to M-I schools

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation has awarded 17 classroom enrichment grants to local schools for 2008-09.

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation has awarded 17 classroom enrichment grants to local schools for 2008-09.

The awards, which are up to $500, are designed to pay the cost of special programs, initiatives and activities that the Central School District can't otherwise fund.

Ash Creek Elementary School was given $493 for a program that developments reading and musical skills through song and instruments; $500 for books for home-to-school literacy programs; $500 for materials to aid in first-grader literacy; and another $500 for literacy materials for kindergartners.

Henry Hill Elementary School received $485 for a floor-hockey project and $500 for game technology to enhance instruction.

Independence Elementary School was given $500 for a writer's workshop that will help students author their own publications.

Talmadge Middle School received $500 to involve students in the Kiva program, which aids small businesses in developing countries; $500 for leadership students to conduct violence prevention presentations in elementary schools; $500 to support the student newspaper; and $495 for an after-school film club.

Central High School was given $440 for equipment for art instruction; $400 for equipment for math concept instruction; $500 for weight training equipment; and $488 for materials to enhance student writing skills.

About $42,000 has been awarded through the foundation's enrichment program since 2001.

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