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PIKEVILLE — The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced recipients of the Chamber’s Foundation for Education grants.

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation for Education, formally the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Foundation for Education, was formed in April 2008 in order to enhance educational opportunities for students in the various school systems in Pike County. With the recent transition to a regional Chamber this opportunity was extended to cover the all eight of the counties (Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Martin, Magoffin, Lawrence, Letcher and Pike) covered by the Southeast Kentucky Chamber. The Foundation is governed by an independent Education Foundation Committee.

“Throughout a two-month application period in the fall, any teacher or administrator in any of the eight County, Independent or Private school systems were able to contact the Chamber and fill out an application for whatever needs they may have for their classrooms (books, technology, lab equipment, etc.),” said Chamber President Brad Hall. “We fulfilled as many of these requests as possible with the money that was raised through various fundraisers throughout the year.”

The Education Foundation is supported through fundraisers throughout the year. Fundraisers included the annual Golf Scramble for Education as well as a silent auction held at the annual Chamber Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony, among others. Many thanks for the continued Sponsorship of Rep. Leslie Combs, Rep. W. Keith Hall, Sen. Ray Jones II, Sen. Johnny Ray Turner and Speaker Greg Stumbo.

The Chamber Foundation for Education Committee chose four recipients of the grants from the many that were submitted. Each grant recipient received $1,250. Below are the four winning schools and what they plan to do with the grant.

• Majestic Knox Creek Elementary received a grant to purchase two iPad2 Tablets for the third-grade classrooms. By loading the tablets with e-books, students will work in collaborative reading center groups to read books (otherwise not available to them) and digitally answer associated questions which will assess comprehension. The tablets will also be used in math centers (work groups) so that students may complete digital activities which promote automaticity and computation skills within the third grade curriculum. Furthermore the tablets will allow the students to work in collaborative groups to complete digital science experiments sparing the expensive costs of lab equipment and materials. The tablets will remove barriers that confine students to the classroom when it comes to technology enhanced learning allowing students to research and record information while working in collaborative groups beyond the walls of the classroom.

• Christ Central will purchase two Epson PowerLite 1760W LCD projectors to use with mobile smartboard technologies. This technology has proven itself in the upper grades of the school and Christ Central will now implement this technology to the lower grades (K-4). According to a recent survey nearly 80 percent of their students identify themselves as visual learners, and by purchasing these projectors they will be able to reach more of their students and increase learning, especially in language and math.

• Pikeville Elementary will purchase of 17 Wacom Bamboo Connect Tablets, matching money will allow 20 tablets to be purchased in total. These tablets will be used to complete digital art projects. With the software already in place, Gifted and Talented, STLP along with regular art students will be able to use these tablets to create digital art, graphic design and manipulated photography. Additionally STLP students hope to compete with their digital art projects with a goal of placing at the state level.

• Letcher County Central High School –Math Department will purchase 9-inch-by-12-inch dry erase boards for each student in each math class along with dry erase markers and erasers. Classroom sets of dry erase boards, markers and erasers will enable the math teachers to fully implements Formative Assessment Lessons in their classroom. By placing these materials in the hands of students in the math classroom during instruction, teachers will be able to immediately assess student work and provide feedback.

To date the Chamber’s Foundation for Education has given away $20,000 in grants. For more information please feel free to contact the Chamber office at (877) 738-4400.

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