Emerson 2nd Graders to Benefit from Two Grants

The recent awarding of nearly $3,600 in grant money will allow for some deeper learning to take place in the second grade classrooms at Emerson Elementary School. The grants were awarded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and Target.

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation grant for $2,883 is for a Caldecott book study titled, “Celebrating Imagination and Ingenuity.”

The Jennings grant will allow the teachers to address deep learning with students through: 

  • Developing students' skills in critical reading, writing, research, and/or mathematics
  • Developing students' problem solving skills
  • Developing students' self-directed learning skills
  • Engaging students to think as scientists, social scientists and/or artists
  • Engaging students in interdisciplinary learning
  • Engage students in meaningful problem or project-based learning

The second grade students will be using Caldecott Award-winning literature to delve deeply into language arts, science, social studies,  writing and research. Caldecott Award stories will become the launching ground for introducing units of study.

The Target grant for $700 will complement the Jennings grant by providing funds for field trips associated with the Jennings grant projects.

Planned trips include the Cleveland Public Library, West Side Market, an architectural tour of Lakewood, Lake Farmpark, Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Natural History.

Second grade teacher Mary McCool Berry credited Emerson Principal Denice Leddy for her help in shaping the grant with her technology skills and budget experience.  “She devoted time to multiple reviews, meeting with me and promoting the idea with administrators,” she said.

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