Fall 2016 Mini Grant Distribution:
Damien Bucci   Jennifer McKinnon, Gotwals  Kristie Snaith, Paul V. Fly  Cynthia McGeehan and Kristie Snaith   Stan Stansbery, Gotwals  Stewart

Norristown Area High School 

Damien Bucci, Makeup for Live Theatre

 Paul V. Fly 

Cynthia McGeehan – Teacher of the Gifted, Gardens Help Kids Grow – hands on science and gardening, school based community service, community outreach, and collaborative learning experiences.

 Kristie Snaith and Paul Fly SWPBS Team, Hero Bench: Buddy bench on the playground

 Stewart Middle School 

Brynn Stanchock, Green Screen Time Machine – art and social studies and traveling back in time.


Jennifer McKinnon, Librarian, Makerspace in the library – students will learn about electricity and circuits

Sam Stansbery, Fishing for Good Behavior – Pet Points for exhibiting good behavior: beta fish


2016 Spring 2016 Mini Grant Recipients




Project Title

Gwen Pierce - English

Norristown Area High School

Bringing Reading to an Art Form Through Altered Books

Ellen Raieta, Gifted Teacher

Elementary Schools: Cole Manor, Gotwals, and Marshall Street

Voices of Liberty

Donnique Sharpe, 2nd grade teacher, and Iris Rolan, Lead Teacher

Cole Manor Elementary School

Cole Manor After School Mentoring Club

Diane Selkowitz, Special Education

East Norriton Middle School

Continuing Community Integration and Communication for the Elderly and Autistic Students

Kathleen Shallow, Reading Instructional Support Teachers


Hybrid Learning in Language Arts and Social Studies Classrooms

NAHS  2  3  4  5  6
SUMMER 2015 Mini-Grant Winners

1. Recreating Famous Hispanic Art Works

Michele Cesena, Danielle Regan, Norristown Area High School

Students in Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 classes will study various famous Hispanic artists throughout the year and discuss their styles and differences throughout the centuries. Students will visit both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Hispanic Society of America museum in New York City. The culminating project will have students choose an artist and recreate a work of art in the style of their chosen artist.

2. Student Sound Garden

Dr. Barbara Weikert, Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy

Students will create a sustainable garden of sound to extend the music classroom into the outdoors. Students will create the items for the garden that will be enjoyed by students, the community, and nature. This music garden will be an ever changing world of sound located outside for all to enjoy and will be maintained by the music teachers and student leaders at Eisenhower.

3. Exercise to Improve the Whole Student

Judith Thomas, Marshall Street Elementary School

Teachers will create a “Kid’s Club”to be held before school during the cold months when students are not able to go out and play. “Kid’s Club” will meet in the Marshall Street gym for teacher led activities that provide an environment where students will learn the value of teamwork and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The morning will finish with a healthy snack and the students will also use the equipment during school recess.

4. Musselman Math Night

Eva Smith, Musselman Learning Center

The goal of this grant is to enhance the math curriculum and partner with parents to ensure that their kindergarten build a solid foundation for learning mathematics. The teachers will create activities, games, and experiences for the Math Night. In addition to the math activities during the evening, parents, students, and teachers will work on “make and take” math games that parents will take home.

5. No Need to Waste

Victoria Strickland, East Norriton Middle School

Students will design a virtual city where the goal is to create a balanced budget while trying to keep residents educated, healthy, and employed. Then students write a research essay on this year’s topic, “managing solid waste.” Students must research ways companies and cities currently handle this issue and using engineering concepts, dream up new and innovative ways to recycle and manage solid waste. Students must also take their plans and represent them visually in a model city built to the competition’s specifications. This model will be judged by actual engineers at the Philadelphia regional Future City competition in January. 

6. Gardens Help Kids Grow

Cynthia McGeehan. Paul Fly Elementary School

In this project students will:

· Participate in starting, planting, and growing future produce from seed.

· Maintain the garden throughout the year.

· Use the garden for science based lessons and other educational lessons.

· Research and present projects.

· Create a planting guide for the garden.

· Grow edible produce that can be donated to the school and local communities.

· Participate in a field trip to a local farm or an in house field trip to gain knowledge and experience about gardening to grow healthy food.

Students will learn about the importance of working collaboratively on a long term project that involves many content areas and will beautify the school grounds and provide a way to service the community.
2014 Mini Grant Distribution
ENMS ESTLA MSS Roosevelt Stewart MSS - 2


Mini Grant Awarded Project 
Fall 2014

East Norriton Middle School

You Are What You Eat

Gotwals Elementary School

Hidden Treasures

East Norriton Middle School

Linking to Our Community

East Norriton Middle School

Exploring our Inner Producer

Norristown Area High School

Enrichment for The Wingspan 



 Mini Grant Awarded Project 

Marshall Street Elementary School

Accelerating Academic English

East Norriton Middle School 

Homegrown Authors

Marshall Street Elementary School

I think, therefore I am, and therefore I write.

Roosevelt Campus

Ingenuity, Creativity and Survival in the Quest for Freedom


From Trinidad to Norristown: Steel Drumming



 Mini Grant Awarded Project 

Marshall Street Elementary School

Go-Math – Parent Engagement Night-Fluid


Serenity Courtyard

Cole Manor Elementary School 

Everyone is an Author!

Marshall Street Elementary School

Free First Grade After School Tutoring Group

Paul V. Fly Elementary School

I Teach You. You Teach Me / Que Me Ensene. Te Enseno: English Language Learners as Experts!

Norristown Area High School

“The Scribbler”


From Paul V. Fly, submitted by Sondra Avelar and Angela Ross, the “Fruit & Veggie Murals: Nourishing Mind, Body & Creativity!” was selected. This program will bring Art and Health together. The teachers said that students will learn and explore the health benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables; analyze and make inferences based on famous still life paintings; have the personal experience of tasting various fruits and veggies; use books and computers to research and read; write, edit, and read aloud their research facts; strengthen their drawing, observational, art composition, and painting skills; create art with a purpose; emphasize the connection between writing, reading, and the meaning of art. The murals, and individual artworks along with researched facts will go on display in the Paul Fly hallways.

From Gotwals Elementary, submitted by Kelly Smith Espinoza and Jeannette Fernandez, The Family Oral History Project was selected. The Family Oral History Project is a multidisciplinary project in which students will interview living persons about their recollections and memories of their family and past. This project will integrate social studies, writing, research and interpersonal skills. The research will be mainly conducted through personal interviews; however, other informational sources will be used when necessary to gather more information or give students more understanding of a time period or event, specifically in Norristown.

From East Norriton Middle School, submitted by Robert M. Menefee, the Idea Garden was selected. Mr. Menefee said, “Admittedly, the idea for an ‘Idea Garden’ came directly from my experience at Longwood Gardens during a ‘Literacy in Bloom’ course. However, the purpose for the ENMS ‘Idea Garden’ will differ from its namesake predecessor at Longwood Gardens. Where the version at Longwood Gardens is primarily aimed towards using the aesthetic of horticulture and botany for inspiring creativity and originality within those areas, the version at ENMS will instead use the natural aesthetic of their garden as an outdoor collaborative space to inspire students’ creativity and originality in the areas of reading and writing across the curriculum. A plethora of evidence suggests that contact with our natural, outdoor environment is a healthy and, unfortunately, increasingly rare practice for individuals nowadays, especially children. As Richard Louv writes in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, "Our society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature."

At the High School, submitted by Neil Schafer, the mini grant will fund a Literary Magazine. Students will develop and publish a literary magazine that will include short stories, essays, poetry and photos. Lastly, the team of teachers at Roosevelt High School, Jacqueline Y. Harris, Carla Queenan, Kathy Green and Brandon Horlick will present, “Lessons of HeLa: where History, Science, Culture and Ethics Converge in the Classroom.” The teachers explained that The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot, presents a vast canvas to study many topics related to the various disciplines of high school curriculum. The book is the story of Henrietta Lacks and how her cancer cells became the well-known HeLa cells to scientists around the world. The 38 chapters tell a story of a black woman from the south being raised in the 1920’s and ending by 1951 because of cervical cancer. The story encompasses not only her life, but the historical times that dictated the standard of medical care and the resulting liberties taken in an age of non-consent given to patients by practicing physicians. The book will spark conversations along the lines of science, history, ethics and culture, not only in the past, but also clearly lay the foundation of the future, as well.