Published on Mon., May 6, 2019

The Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc.’s 27th Annual Classroom Innovation Grants Awards program and reception will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the E.C. Glass High School Cafeteria.  Thirty-eight sponsored Classroom Innovation Grants have been awarded to LCS teachers for innovative programs and projects designed by teachers to enhance the educational environment and better engage their students, and these projects will be on display during the reception.  For example, sponsors, administrators, other guests, and the media will have the chance to see projects that include the exploration of cultural art, hands-on environmental studies, learning through virtual reality, and projects that promote healthy living.

The Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc. has awarded more than 658 sponsored Classroom Innovation Grants since initiating the program more than twenty-seven years ago.  More than $884,620 in grant funding since the start of this program has allowed teachers, counselors, and administrators to implement a broad range of creative and innovative ideas into our classrooms and schools.  This year the Foundation funded grants totaling $82,799.52.

This year’s fifty-nine sponsors include:  Genworth Foundation, BWX Technologies Inc., Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg, Framatome, Belvac Production Machinery, Wells Fargo, Fleet Laboratories, Piedmont Community Health Plan, Carrington Family Foundation, Appalachian Power, Walmart (Old Forest Road and Wards  Road), Walmart Neighborhood Market-Timberlake Road, WestRock, Roger & Winston Green, Dodson Pest Control, LSC Communications, ABC 13 WSET-TV, BB&T, Centra Foundation, First Piedmont Corporation, Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation-Mary Emma Lemon Charitable Fund, Innovative Wireless Technologies, MH Masonry & Associates, Sam’s Club, Wegmann USA, American National Bank, Bank of the James, Candler Oil Company, Central Virginia Federal Credit Union, Coldwell Banker Commercial Read & Co., Coleman-Adams Construction, Dominion Seven Architects, The Education & Research Foundation Inc., Electronic Design & Manufacturing Company, First National Bank, Generation Solutions, Hanwha Azdel, Harrington Corporation, HumanKind, Hurt & Proffitt, LG Flint General Contractors, Lynchburg Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union, Lynchburg Nissan, Master Engineers & Designers, Moore & Giles, The News & Advance, Old Dominion Furniture Company, Pinnacle Financial Partners, R.M. Gantt Construction, Scott Insurance, Successful Innovations, Liz Sumpter and Brian Carlton, Kim & Stephen Tibbs, TRAX LLC, Virginia School Equipment, Westminster Canterbury, Wiley|Wilson, Wooldridge Heating • Air • Electrical.

Below are the projects that received grants for the 2018-2019 school year:


Coding, Robotics and Math-OH MY!
E. C. Glass High School – Teacher: Mary Marshall
Grant Sponsors: Framatome, LCS Education Foundation

Our Brains with DrumFIT are UnBEATable
Perrymont Elementary School – Teachers: Marisa Freeman, Kathy Latham, Taylor Guill, Christina Lambert, Ayanna Stamps-Glover, Katelynn Thomas
Grant Sponsors: Piedmont Community Health Plan, LCS Education Foundation

The Young Men and Women of Distinction
Fort Hill Community School – Teachers: George Hurt, Jason Giambrone
Grant Sponsors: Carrington Family Foundation, Appalachian Power, MH Masonry & Associates, LCS Education Foundation

L.I.F.E. at SES: Learning Inspired by Family Engagement
Sandusky Elementary School – Teacher: Carrie Lewis
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Successful Innovations, Walmart-Wards Road, BWX Technologies, Inc.

Support, Skills, and Skateboards
Empowerment Academy – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Tara Dillon, Kacey Crabbe
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg

Worthwhile Tasks to Promote Math & Science Literacy
R.S. Payne Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Tracy Proffitt
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​BWX Technologies, Inc.

Google Expeditions
All LCS Elementary Schools – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Allison Kappler
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Genworth Foundation

Violin Strings of Equal Opportunity for ALL Students
Perrymont & W.M. Bass Elementary Schools – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Ann Key
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Anonymous, Walmart Neighborhood Market-Timberlake Road, Generation Solutions, Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation Teacher Grant Fund

Intro to Music Technology
Linkhorne Middle School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Doug Brown
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Carrington Family Foundation

Growing the Spartan Drama Program
Sandusky Middle School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Patricia Finn-Rapiejko
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Genworth Foundation, Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation-Mary Emma Lemon Charitable Fund, Liz Sumpter & Brian Carlton


Danville Science Center Field Trip
Dearington Elementary School for Innovation – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Victoria Wilson
Linkhorne Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Paula Ryan
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Roger & Winston Green

The Warrior Yearbook
Empowerment Academy – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Vivian Kidd, Tara Dillon
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​LSC Communications, The News & Advance

Modeling to Feed Minds: Experiencing Wetlands and Watersheds
All LCS Elementary Schools – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Carrie Lewis, Megan Robertson, Paula Ryan, Lori McVicar, Anne Chamberlin, Kelly Bivens, Dana Johnson, Carla Woodard, Kristen Smith, Chesey Dews
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Old Dominion Furniture Company, Wiley|Wilson

I Love Math (Every) Day
R.S. Payne Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Tracy Proffitt
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Wells Fargo

Take Us Where the Bus Can’t...AGAIN!
Paul Munro Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Kirsten Filiberto
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Belvac Production Machinery

SMS Creative Sewing Incubator Enterprise
Sandusky Middle School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Patricia Finn-Rapiejko
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Dominion Seven Architects, Wegmann USA, Inc.

Pop-Up Art Museum
Sandusky Middle School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Karen Camden
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Fleet Laboratories, Virginia School Equipment, Westminster Canterbury

Leaping to Learn More in Letterland
Heritage Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Shaina Darby, Julie Speck
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​American National Bank, The Education & Research Foundation, Inc., George Rainsford Fund

Everyday Electronics
Empowerment Academy – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Tara Dillon, Kacey Crabbe
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg, Hanwha Azdel, Innovative Wireless Technologies

Biotic and Abiotic-An Assessment of the James River’s Health at Lynchburg
Heritage High School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Alex Drumheller
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​WestRock

Changing Lives-One Paint Stroke at a Time
Fort Hill Community School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Elizabeth Bonheim, Greer Harris
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Dodson Pest Control, Reverend Haywood Robinson Fund

The Wild Robot Global Read Aloud
Linkhorne Middle School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Elizabeth Short, Ashley Burr
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​R.M. Gantt Construction, Scott Insurance, Kim & Stephen Tibbs

Cultural Exploration through Clay
P. L. Dunbar Middle School for Innovation – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Rachel Shaw
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​First National Bank

A Cultural Exploration: The Art of Japan
E. C. Glass High School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Kimberly Gibson-McDonald
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Wooldridge Heating · Air · Electrical, Harrington Corporation, Master Engineers & Designers

Bridging the Reading Gap
Linkhorne Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Kristy Genung
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Bank of the James, Lynchburg Nissan, Sam’s Club

Where It’s At: Two Turntables and a Microphone
E. C. Glass High School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Casey Wood
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Coleman-Adams Construction, Electronic Design & Manufacturing Company, TRAX LLC

Art-Driven Technology-The Wave of Today, The Barrel Roll of the Future
T. C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Shawn Lipscomb
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​BB&T, Coldwell Banker Commercial Read & Co.

River Exploration Program with the James River Association
Heritage High School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Patrick O’Hara
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Hurt & Proffitt, L.G. Flint General Contractors, Lynchburg Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union

Ride and Read!
Perrymont Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Emily Morris, Linda Wyndham, Jessie May
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Central Virginia Federal Credit Union

The Graphic Novel Experience
Perrymont Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Wendy Pugh, Brittany Dray
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Pinnacle Financial Partners

Students Make Social Studies Come to Life!
Perrymont Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Jessica Curling, Andrea Lively, Lisa Smith, Kay VanKuren
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​Candler Oil Company, Walmart-Old Forest Road

iPads in the Library and 4D Books
Linkhorne Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Mary Jo Krufka
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​ABC 13 WSET-TV, Moore & Giles

Project Inclusion
Heritage High School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Dennis Coan
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Genworth Foundation

Project Inclusion
E.C. Glass High School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Heather McCormick
Grant Sponsors: ​​​​​​​BWX Technologies, Inc.

Movin’ and Groovin’ 
Paul Munro Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Pamela Levinson, Dana Owen, Kirstin Noble, Leigh Tucker
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​First Piedmont Corporation

Bouncing with the 4 C’s: Project Based Learning in Preschool-Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity with Balls
Hutcherson Early Learning Center – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Jane Ruehle
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​HumanKind

Connected in Kinder
Linkhorne Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Barbara Reid, Karen Mason, Christine Watts, Grace Adamson, Alex Connelly
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​BWX Technologies, Inc.

The Heart Adventure Course
Heritage Elementary School – Teachers: ​​​​​​​Jacob Heidorn, Sharon Anderson
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​Centra Foundation

Orff Beats
Perrymont Elementary School – Teacher: ​​​​​​​Aaron Meyer
Grant Sponsor: ​​​​​​​LCS Education Foundation

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