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Four Grants Awarded to Moreland Schools Through Moreland Education Foundation (MEF)

 May 17, 2018, San Jose, CA: Several Moreland School District schools have been awarded Innovation Grants through the Moreland Education Foundation (MEF) Small Grants Program. Almost $8,000 in grant money was awarded to the four schools who applied and presented their idea at the May MEF Board Meeting.
 
MEF awarded the following grants for programs or materials that go beyond the school budget.
 
Anderson Elementary School, $1000:
Multiple sessions of the “Try It Truck.” Bay Area Discovery Museum offers the Try It Truck, an engineering lab-on-wheels that travels directly to schools throughout the Bay Area to provide hands-on early engineering experiences for students. Try It Truck programming introduces children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade to the engineering design process and high- and low-tech tools while encouraging them to take risks and try new ideas.
 
Baker Elementary School, $2300:
Stools, shelving and learning materials for Baker’s rebranded “Bakerspace STEAM Lab.” Once materials are purchased and organized in the lab, classes will be able to visit the lab for engaging standards-based lessons that promote design thinking, creativity and technological skills.
 
Easterbrook Discovery School (EDS):
Oversized building materials that would be a part of regular outdoor learning in the Moreland Woods. Younger students may use these materials for play during their Outdoor Classroom time while older students may use them for STEM challenges or other more structured activities.
 
Moreland Middle School (MMS):
Replacing curtains on the stage to support revitalization of the theater arts performance space in the MU Room. These new curtains will enrich the educational experience for the students by providing a rejuvenated space for this program to display their work.
 
The MEF Innovation Grants program supports innovative and creative approaches to education in all areas of learning and student enrichment, including Project Based Learning, staff development, school climate enrichment and parent education. The goal for the MEF small grants program is to identify programs that once established successfully can be sustained and modeled by others in the Moreland School District.
 
To learn more or apply for a MEF Innovation grant, visit: https://www.mefhome.org/small-grants/