WEF funds science, technology and theater grants for school district

By on September 21, 2016
Tuesday's $50,000 donation will support 17 grants for 45 teachers in the Warwick School District. (Left to right) Warwick Education Foundation member Grant Hummer, School Board President Timothy Quinn, and WEF member Daniel Doremus.

Tuesday’s $50,000 donation will support 17 grants for 45 teachers in the Warwick School District. (Left to right) Warwick Education Foundation member Grant Hummer, School Board President Timothy Quinn, and WEF member Daniel Doremus.

The Warwick Education Foundation presented the Warwick School District with a check for $50,138 during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

Foundation members Grant Hummer and Dan Doremus made the presentation, and Hummer reported the donation will go toward 17 different grants that will benefit 45 teachers and their students.

On the high school level, grants include new equipment for the science and tech ed departments, such as two radiation detectors, biotech equipment that extracts and isolates segments of DNA, and a 3D printer providing the latest technology for future engineers, designers and scientists.

Middle school students will get to see a live theatre performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” while elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in the live presentation of the Franklin Institute’s science program “Flight.”

“This is the third year in a row that WEF has helped bring the Franklin Institute to the elementary schools,” Hummer said.

In other school district business, the board welcomed its newest student representative, Connor Wentworth, a high school senior who plays ice hockey and is a student council member.

In personnel matters, the board approved the appointments of Cassidy Godber as band assistant at the high school, Travis Love as musical choreographer at the high school, Tony Luciano as music stage art director at the high school, Lee Walter as a technology resource at the middle school, and Lindy Fackler as music director at John Beck Elementary School.

They also approved several volunteer coaches, including Leahn Agnew-Karcheski, Jason Fuehrer, Sue Garner, Brandon Gonzales, Steve Lee and Jayne Stief.

The board approved teacher tenure, based on requirements in the Pennsylvania School Code, for Sarah Pendleton, speech/language teacher at Lititz Elementary School.

Board member Todd Rucci, who oversees the Student Activities Committee, reported that there has been considerable discussion about overseas trips for students. Students and parents from the recent trip to Germany provided feedback on their experience. In light of the changing dynamics of travel outside of the U.S., the committee will be evaluating programs in terms of safety, providing direction for the leadership in the district.

There are no overseas trips being planned right now, but the board did OK two out-of-state field trips, including a trip for high school students and staff to go to Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore for the Sam Rhine Genetics Conference on Oct. 12. These students will receive up-to-date information on genetics, biotechnology and medicine.

Another approved trip is for middle school and high school students and staff to tour historic Annapolis and the Goddard Space Center Museum on Nov. 18.

Laura Knowles is a freelance reporter who covers the Warwick School Board beat for the Record Express. She welcomes reader feedback and story ideas at lknowles21@gmail.com.

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