If there’s one adjective that best describes Rush County School teachers it would be – resourceful. In a day and age where funding for extra materials is sometimes scarce, there are other ways to seek and find the very best for our students. This would certainly be the case for Melinda Powers (RCHS special education).
This spring she has received not just one, but two grants for use in her classroom. The first grant in the amount of $636.20 comes from the Rush County Community Foundation. This grant will be used to purchase supplemental materials titled Preparing for Life and Career.
“These materials are designed to help students become more independent. Topics include handling pressure from peers, decision-making skills, handling money, and how to take care of clothing. Information will also be provided on transportation and employment. Other topics include investigating a career and car safety. These topics will tie nicely into some of the activities at the Marshall House. They will also become useful in the community with objectives such as job training,” Powers said.
The second grant is a work in progress and is not fully funded (yet). Powers is using a program called Donors Choose as another way to secure funds for additional supplemental materials. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students. Just go to: www.donorschoose.org/we-teach/2254612
At this site you will see teachers from every corner of America who have posted classroom projects along with their requests. And more importantly you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you (like RCHS). When a project reaches its funding goal, the materials are shipped directly to the school. There will also be photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent.
One more adjective – stupendous!