2008-2009 Grant Allocations

1. Earmarked donation: Academic Tutoring

A variety of tutorial programs (e.g., homework clubs) need to be made available to students, at all grade levels, after school. Public school professionals as well as volunteers will work together with students to maximize academic support and enhance adult/student relationships that can lead to more confident and competent learners

2. Sense of Wonder Through Science

Marks Meadow, K-6 $960
200 students,10 teachers. Alyssa Melnick

Six-week after school inquiry-based hands-on science program, culminating in all-school science night.

3. Summer Kit CF

Ritsuka Mastroianni, $1,000 11 students
Provides continuous academic support in a non-academic way throughout the summer to 11 CF students who may need a little extra help to transition into 1st or 2nd grade and to students who may not have the financial means for material and support.

4. Alliance for Racial Justice

Russ Vernon-Jones as Community member $500
Middle and high school students, adults and teachers in the ARHS district.

Establishes a Center for Racial Justice for the town of Amherst and its schools. Gather educational resources on race, racism and white privilege, and provide workshops for educators, parents, students and community members.

5. Cambodian-American: Bridging the Cultures FR

Seiha Krouch $875
Entire Fort River Community

Second year of funding the Fort River Cambodian Culture Class, in which the Cambodian student population learns about and prepares for a Cambodian New Year Festival for entire Fort River Community. Funds a dancer to perform as part of the Festival, and informs the community about Cambodian life.

6. Harlem Renaissance (Crocker Farm)

Agnes McCraven $1,000
110 4th, 5th and 6th grade students participate in workshops, whole school (350) attends performance
.Exploration of dance, poetry, artwork and music associated with Harlem Renaissance, in collaboration with Dance Department at U.Mass. UMass Dancers will give all-school performance and will then lead 8 weekly workshops culminating in Crocker Farm 4th, 5th and 6th grade students giving performance for entire school.

7. Support for After School Clubs and Activities at ARMS.

Tara Farley 250 Students, 20 teachers

Support for After-school clubs at ARMS which provide opportunities for student high achievement, growth and experimentation, utilize partnerships with students and experts from the surrounding colleges and business as well as increase support and involvement by parents. Through after-school clubs teachers, parents and community partners run an extensive list of after-school programs.

8. Kids Design a Sustainable Future

Mary Donovan CF $500
(70 students, 4 teachers)

This is an intensive, one day workshop with a follow-up day for presentations. Fourth & fifth grade Crocker Farm students will learn about the architecture of cultures and climates around the world and then question what a sustainable building might look like in our town. Students will use “green” building materials and learn about alternative energy uses that willinform their designs. The students will design and create scale models of their buildings which will be brought together to create a new town: one that is informed by the past, by the cultures of the world and by the possibilities of the future.


Nunia Mafi, ARHS $2,000
150 students, plus teachers, parents, administrators

The STRIVE program is based on the work done by Amherst RegionalHigh School students who attended the minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Conference in October of 2000. As a student led agenda, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade ARHS students lead the program. STRIVE is specifically geared toward students of color who are not on an IEP or 504, providing an additional avenue to those students who are not learning disabled but struggle. The program seeks to provide opportunities for student skill building and partnerships to live in a diverse world for students in grades 7 through 12.

10. National Steel Symphony of Trinidad: Workshops & Performances

1000 students, 50 teachers, parents, & community Wendy Kohler

The National Steel Symphony and the Festival Arts Chorale of Trinidad,lead by former ARHS music teacher, Jessel Murray, will give two student performances and a public evening performance. Additional workshop opportunities and master classes will be offered.

11. Summer Readers Roberta Issler, Crocker Farm

18 students

The program aims to close the gap between high and low achieving students. This gap often increases over the summer as high achieving students continue to practice their reading, while low achieving students often do not. Helping children find text at just the right level can be difficult for families. The project will provide an opportunity for families to bring their children to school once a week to read books to each other and to teachers, as well as an opportunity to select books to read at home. Students entering grade 2 who have participated in Reading Recovery, Title I, and English Language Learner classes will be the target group.

12. Leyendo Juntos/Reading Together Marta Lev, Crocker Farm

second year, 40 students, 40 parents $1,100
Latino families will come together for a series of 3 evening meetings which will be held for parents and children. Ideas, food, and songs will be shared. Parents will meet separately for part of the session, while children will take part in other related activities. In addition, this year’s grant would support the establishment of a lending library of Spanish and bilingual books, to be housed in a Crocker classroom. The grant would also support a parent drop-in center, to be staffed one morning a week, in which parents could browse the library, ask questions about school, or socialize with others.

13. Science Coach

Rebecca Fricke, Crocker Farm as pilot 60 students, 6 teachers $1,255
The role of Science Coach will be defined and developed to supplement science curriculum in grades 3, 4, and 5. The coach will work with populations of children identified by teachers and administrators as those who will gain the most from small group work in scientific inquiry. Participants will include learning challenged students and high-achieving students. The long-term goal will be to provide a set of guidelines and procedures for future staff and community volunteers to follow as they assist children with science inquiry learning.

14. Learning Compassion II

Julie Rypysc and committee $800
second year; 60-100 students, 40 teachers, parents.

The project will offer: communication skill workshops to parents at 4 schools and a workshop that draws parents from all schools, a 6-session introductory NVC course for at least 10 teachers, coached practice groups at 2 schools to support teachers in using NVC in their classrooms. The Amherst Area Nonviolent Communications Committee will also seek a collaborative partnership with the district Social Justice Committee.

15. Dances of the World BZ Reily

Shutesbury $1,400
170 students, 30 teachers, & parents

This is a two-year project in which Shutesbury Elementary School will bring skilled dancers/educators to the school for a two-week residency focusing on looking at world cultures through dance. Each of the artists will bring their unique style and focus (Asian, Native American, African, and Caribbean) to the school. Each class will work with the artists on a daily basis in the design, rehearsal and performance of a dance. Each year the project will culminate with an all-school performance taking place before parents and community members.

16. Project Adventure Training & Classroom Implementation

Richard Ferro, ARMS $700
This is a two part project. 1) Training: Two ARMS teachers seek funding to participate in a four day workshop called “Adventure in the Classroom.” The workshop trains teachers to facilitate activities which will lead to a cooperative, respectful, and challenging learning environment.. 2) Implementation-Workshop participants will develop a unit, which can be infused throughout the 7th grade curriculum in the fall for Team Crimson students. After the unit is piloted, other teachers could be trained.

17. Class Writes!

Rhonda Soto, & Class Action Partial $1,000
120 students at ARMS & ARHS, teachers, parents, community.

This project will engage students in consciousness-raising dialogue about race and class intersections using a variety of multimedia and interactive exercises. Students will be invited to respond creatively to the dialogue by creating poetry, prose, cartoons, photographs or a mix of art these forms. Students will be invited to submit their work for publication in a low budget magazine, or ‘zine.

18. Mentors in Violence Prevention

Karen Keough-Huff $1,500
35 ARHS students, 100 teachers and 65 coaches trained to reach out to students at all levels.

Mentors in Violence Prevention is a student leadership program offered by Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. The program works on a train the trainer model to motivate student athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems that have historically been considered “women’s issues”. The program raises awareness about the level of men’s violence against women and inspires athletes and leaders within the student community to effect change. Utilizing a unique approach to prevention, the program empowers bystanders to confront abusive peers and teaches proactive, preventive behavior and leadership.

TOTAL: $21,000