Walnut Elementary School fifth grade teacher Ginny Gebhart-Fee was recently awarded a $3,722.50 grant from the South Central Power Company Foundation.
According to Gebhart-Fee, the grant will be used to implement the goals of NFTI Science, which is an acronym for Non Fiction Text in an Inquiry-based Science classroom. This program utilizes non fiction text as a catalyst for hands-on science activities. The grant will be applied to the purchase of non-fiction text, manipulatives and technology.
“From the student’s perspective, the NFTI Science program will allow an opportunity for more shared and independent reading instruction to enhance inquiry based science,” Gebhart-Fee said. “Student involvement in making observations, taking measurements, and gathering data are authentic events that allow for meaningful comprehension.”
She expressed her gratitude to the South Central Power Company Foundation for their monetary assistance.
“The potential impact of this program on the community could include a generation of citizens that understand, appreciate and value science and our natural environment,” she said.
“The South Central Power Company Foundation board saw the value in Walnut’s educational project and realized that the teaching materials for this hands on program would benefit their many students,” said Liz Bainter, South Central Power Company community development director.
Walnut also received a grant from this Foundation last school year.
“We are grateful to the South Central Power Company for their continued generosity and support of our students,” said Greg Kovack, principal of Walnut Elementary School. “Because of their grants, we are able to add valuable resources to our classrooms.”
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal