2023 BEN SCHUMAN SCIENCE GRANT RECIPIENT

Mr. Schuman taught Junior High School Science for 41 years and served 7 years on the FTEF Board of Directors. Mr. Schuman grew up and attended school in Franklin Township. In addition to his teaching, he served as a coach and mentor to many students beyond his classroom. He is a terrific Franklin Township historian and proud Flash!

During his teaching career, Mr. Schuman believed in hands-on learning. Mr. Schuman is particularly interested in Biological, Botanical, Earth Sciences, and Climate Control – But, strongly believes there is a need to raise interest in all of the sciences including Physics and Chemistry. Because of his strong commitment to the sciences and our youth, Mr. Schuman is working with FTEF to provide this grant opportunity.

  • Name: Julie Hippleheuser

  • School: Franklin Central Junior High

  • Amount: $775.42

  • Project Title: Sheep Eye Dissection Lab

  • Project Summary: With our body system and metabolism unit we would love to give the students a first hand experiment with dissecting a sheep eye. It allows the students to see first hand what an organ is and how it works. The sheep eye is very similar to the human eye so that is why it is used. We have done them for years with the students here in franklin township and the opportunity is amazing.

2023 FALL GRANT RECIPIENTS

A total of 13 classroom grants were awarded in 2023 totaling $21,050! These funds are made possible through our Major Saver Discount Card program, the Fast Flash 5K event and the Golf Fore Kids event. Essentially, these grants are made possible because of you, our generous supporters. Congratulations!

  • Name: Jennifer Tetrick

  • School: Franklin Central High School

  • Amount: $7,500

  • Project Title: Digi-Mic

  • Project Summary: Access to modern technology appeals more to the student population. When students utilize outdated equipment, they are less interested because the equipment does not meet their current needs as a learner. Use of digital microscopes will grant access to real-life science exploration. Digital microscopes provide equal access to students with disabilities and visual impairments as well.

  • Name: Jayne Adams

  • School: Acton Elementary

  • Amount: $6,877.44

  • Project Title: Rock Wall for Acton

  • Project Summary:  Climbing rock walls enhance problem solving and sequencing skills, build strength and flexibility, expand range of motion, improve fine and gross motor skills, build self confidence, and increase each student’s level of physical fitness. As a PE Teacher, I am continually working on integrating the Indiana State Standards for Physical Education into my lessons and activities. Rock wall climbing aligns with all of the state standards. The addition of a rock wall at Acton Elementary provides a unique and exciting opportunity for ALL students that we have not been able to offer in the past.

  • Name: Leanne Robson

  • School: Franklin Central Junior High

  • Amount: $1,620

  • Project Title: ES Shredding Company

  • Project Summary: The Essential Skills classroom would like to start a shredding business. The shredding business will benefit the teachers and our students. The teachers will be able to count on the Essential Skills students to collect the papers that need shredding and then the Essential Skills students will have the responsibility of shredding the papers every morning during their work skills unit. The students will learn accountability and become life long employees.

  • Name: Hannah O’Friel

  • School: Kitley Intermediate

  • Amount: $1,350

  • Project Title: Ukuleles for Kitley

  • Project Summary: My vision for my students is that every student would get to practice on their own ukulele while in the classroom. The ukuleles are so essential for the development of theory, (fretboards are chromatic), and playing the ukulele develops muscles that allow students to successfully play orchestral instruments. The alternate notation, (tablature and chord charts), develop music literacy skills and give students accessible music they can succeed in playing. The chord shapes translate easily into guitar as well, which is an instrument most people will have access to at some point in life. These funds would put instruments in the hand of every 5th graders, allowing them to have more time to develop skills, more opportunities to play and compose, and better develop music literacy and muscle development.

  • Name: Crystal Livesay

  • School: Thompson Crossing Elementary

  • Amount: $1,000

  • Project Title: Bilingual Bookshelves

  • Project Summary: Our proposed project is centered around building bilingual classroom libraries to offer our students in our Dual Language Immersion Program more opportunities to engage in reading in both Spanish and English. If we can provide additional bilingual books that vary in reading levels in the classroom, students and teachers would have more immediate access to appropriate materials and this would further support their growth in both languages. Both Spanish and English speaking students would benefit from the additional vocabulary they would gain. In addition to strengthening student language skills, some of the books we would like to purchase would be written by authentic Spanish authors as this would further immerse them in the cultures about which they are learning.

  • Name: Kelly Eickleberry

  • School: Acton Elementary

  • Amount: $560

  • Project Title: Literacy for Kinders

  • Project Summary: By creating various centers for the classroom to meet the needs of the students and of the district, there is a need to purchase various literacy centers and manipulatives to foster the learning environment required to teach today’s kindergarteners. My students will have the opportunities to work on letter naming, sound fluency, beginning, middle, and ending sounds, as well as syllable counting and letter swapping to create a new word through the use of these materials. I know it will inspire all students to be independent workers whom ask questions when their learning does not make sense to them.

  • Names: Alyssa Beasley & Daniella Harvey

  • School: Thompson Crossing Elementary

  • Amount: $525.36

  • Project Title: Dual Language Classroom Library

  • Project Summary: We would like to purchase bilingual books to be used as mentor texts in our first grade dual language program, as well as for students to select during their independent reading time (separate from checking books out at the library.) Students will be able to self select books to improve both their English and Spanish reading. They will also be exposed to culturally authentic texts, titles, and authors. It will grow their cultural awareness, as well as improve their reading in both languages.

  • Name: Maribeth Gossard

  • School: Arlington Elementary

  • Amount: $500

  • Project Title: Learning Through Games

  • Project Summary: When learning is fun, the students are engaged and excited to learn. The games can be used at all levels of proficiency from newcomers to nearly fluent. So many of my students do not have access to board games so this provides an opportunity to engage in activities they do not have otherwise. It also teaches skills like team work and taking turns. These games will be a wonderful addition to the EL classroom supplies and can be used for all students for many years to come.

  • Names: Theresa Andis

  • School: Franklin Central Junior High

  • Amount: $400

  • Project Title: Job Skill Task Boxes

  • Project Summary: The hands on experiences that these job skill boxes are essential in providing our population of students with the individual learning opportunities that they need to be successful for their futures. The funds will be utilized to create different job skill boxes that will help promote our student’s ability to transition to live as independent in futures as possible.

  • Name: Cherie Whitaker

  • School: Franklin Central Junior High

  • Amount: $300

  • Project Title: Adaptive PE Certification

  • Project Summary: I would like to become certified, through Special Strong, as an Adaptive Fitness Instructor. As an Adaptive Physical Education teacher, I am always looking for ways to improve my students’ fitness level and overall health. Through this program, I will learn innovative ways to work with our physically and cognitively challenged students. I will be certified to work with them individually, in a group setting, or virtually. I hope my students and their families remember the variety of activities bring to them, and how it helps their overall health and wellbeing.

  • Names: Amanda Eads

  • School: Arlington Elementary

  • Amount: $125

  • Project Title: Fluency & Fitness

  • Project Summary: Fluency and Fitness ties movement breaks to academic content related to English Language Arts and Math. The movement breaks allow students to practice curriculum by answering questions and then completing movements to music on slides in between. The Fluency Find It game allows students hands-on academic practice with a worksheet or whiteboard. The Task Cards can be completed individually or as a class. These hands-on movement activities make learning memorable and help create connections to long-term memory because in their mind, they are simply playing a game and having fun.

  • Name: Maggie Bunch

  • School: Edgewood Intermediate

  • Amount: $125

  • Project Title: Word Work Manipulatives

  • Project Summary: One of the main skill areas where students struggle in guided reading is on phonetics. My vision is to provide different manipulatives to help students learn blends, cvc words, etc. Students will be able to manipulate these words and visually see the patterns the words make. They will use these tiles to manipulate words. It allows them to physically move the letters while creating different words based on their specific learning needs.