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Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards Nearly $2200.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2016-2017

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

1. Grant: Mainstream – Publishing of School Newspaper with color pages – Brian Woodward, Journalism Teacher
As printing costs – especially for color pages – continue to rise, the newspaper consistently struggles to keep up with these fees. Everyone wins with color printing! Really – since USA Today began as one of the first to publish each cover section of its newspaper in color over 20 years ago it has become the industry standard. In the tough economy, the newspaper’s ad sales have lagged behind past years and some of the other schools in the county due to fewer businesses who are willing to invest and advertise. This $500.00 grant will provide a partial make-up of the low ad revenue and continue to support the high quality publication that the Paint Branch community expects.

2. Grant: Business, Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship certification materials and contest practice materials – Karin Anderson, Business Education Teacher
Students taking business, management, finance and entrepreneurship class will be able to expand their chances of scholarships, and certifications, as well as build their presentation and competition experiences. This will help prepare them for regional and state levels through the DECA Marketing Career and Technology Organization. The DECA organization has materials which prepare students in Business Academic Language. The materials also prepare students to compete in Regional Competitions in the Spring of 2017 and possibly advance to the state level. This $500.00 grant will purchase materials which will serve as the beginning of a sustainable library of tools for students in these classes to pull from year after year. Paint Branch owns no materials at this time.

3. Grant: Unity: A Celebration of our Diversity – Samantha Candia, Science Teacher and Signature Coordinator
This $500 grant will help fund materials needed for the school wide Unity Day in spring 2017. The idea for this event was an outcome of the students’ participation in International Day for Tolerance on November 16th, 2016. On that day Paint Branch students peacefully came together to spread messages of peace and unity while chanting: “Forever united, we will never be divided.” The goal is to create a celebration of the uniqueness and diversity we share as people. The hope is that through these kinds of events, we will educate and enlighten each other, and will be able to foster a true understanding and tolerance of our differences. These differences are what enrich human interaction and make life more beautiful.

This event will include participation from several departments, clubs and organizations at Paint Branch High School, and the community will be invited to join the evening’s festivities which will include: a diversity fair sponsored by the Social Studies Department and to include local clubs and organizations, live music and performances by Strathmore and student musicians in the Music Department, dance lessons from students in the dance program as well as African Student Association, Hispanic Awareness and the STEP team, Inspirational speakers, a fashion show, a tasting of international delicacies prepared from students in the Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts program with recipes derived from students, and an open-mic coffee house/ poetry slam sponsored by the English department.

4. Grant: Proper Equipment Makes a Difference! – Sandy Levine, Culinary Arts, Food Trends and Technology, International Cultures and Cuisine Teacher
One of the most important aspects of the International Cultures and Cuisines and Food Trends and Technology class is the opportunity for our students to have hands-on experiences which will broaden the students’ skill base and encourage their creativity. This $465.00 grant provides for six 12″ Electric Crepe Makers, two Cupcake/Muffin pans and six Jumbo Cookie Scoops for the students, thus maximizing the opportunity for students to have successful cooking experiences in the six kitchen labs.

5. Grant: Special Education Needs for Students at Risk – Christine Genua, Resource Teacher for Special Education
This $200 grant will help in whatever areas the Special Education departments deems necessary. The money will be allocated on an as needed basis to provide clothing, food, cab fare, school supplies, supplies for classroom projects and learning experiences, etc., and to fund an end of the quarter eligibility grade celebration.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $2,500.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2015-2016

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

1. Grant: Competition Travel Scholarship – Christine Mitchell, Choral Teacher
This $500.00 mini-grant will help provide support to the Music Department by funding part of the costs associated with their trip. The Band and Chorus are traveling to Disney World in April 2016. The Marching Band will march in the Disney Parade and the Jazz Singers will perform at Epcot. In addition, the students will participate in instrumental and choral workshops.

An opportunity to perform in such a venue is rare but for these students, well deserved. Students will remember this opportunity always. Their hard work continues to keep music alive and respected here at Paint Branch.

2. Grant: Phenomenal Women Group – Karla Calloway – ED Cluster RTSE and Margaret Flagg – MCPS Social Worker
Paint Branch High School’s “Phenomenal Woman” group strives for education, understanding, and goal setting techniques for at-risk girls in the school. The $500 grant will be used to enhance social/emotional learning so the students will acquire skills to plan, organize, and look forward to what comes after High School. The students will brainstorm the topics for their meetings. Guest speakers form the community will be used to address the topics of interest.

This grant will enable these “Phenomenal Women” to encourage each other and support each other in order to become hopeful, responsible, and active members of their community. Our mission, our purpose is to provide an open forum to help these young women help themselves through education, discussion and modeling.

3. Grant: Boat Race vs. Springbrook IAPS Class – Morgan Kauffman, Science Teacher
The $500 grant will help fund materials and transportation to Martin Luther King pool to compete in a boat race against Springbrook High School. Paint Branch’s emerging scholars will design and build boats with the concept of reuse, reduce, and recycle while integrating concepts about properties of water, water quality, erosion due to water, and buoyancy.

Materials such as duct tape, hot glue, box cutters, gloves for hand protection, and water quality testing kits will be used by the students to practice testing water and perform actual testing at the pool. Students will have the opportunity to design, build, and test their boats while competing against our rival school, Springbrook.

4. Grant: Using Theater to Build Language Skills – Carole Raymond, ESOL Teacher
This $500 grant will pay for tickets to a live stage performance at the Olney Theater for students who are learning English as a second language. This grant will address the need to develop literacy in students who are learning English as a second language. This experience could stimulate an interest in theater which relates to literacy.

Students who are learning English as a second language benefit from numerous and varied opportunities to become immersed in language. Attending a live performance offers students another method by which they can connect with language. This provides an excellent exercise in listening and later expressing ideas, opinions, and reactions to the performance.

5. Grant: Science Expo – Samantha Candia, Science Teacher and Signature Coordinator
This $500 grant will help fund materials needed for the school wide science expo in spring 2016. Students in science classes at Paint Branch High School will get the opportunity to develop inquiry-based science projects that they will showcase at the 2016 Science Expo. Each science class will receive funding to develop a question/problem pertaining to their curriculum and will work on this project throughout the semester.

The Science Expo in the spring of 2016 is attended by middle school students in the Paint Branch Community as well as the community at large. Middle School students coming to Paint Branch will participate in an inquiry-based scavenger hunt throughout the science expo. This will allow students planning to attend Paint Branch to become more engaged in science and give them a glimpse of the high school science experience.

Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $3,355.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2014-2015

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of eight mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The eight winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

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Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $3,500.00 in Grants Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2013-2014

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of eight mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff.

The eight winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

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Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $2250.00 Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2012-2013

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff. The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

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Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards Grants Totaling $2325.00 Benefitting Paint Branch Staff and Students in 2011-2012

The Board of Directors of the Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five mini-grants to Paint Branch High School staff. The five winning mini-grants will benefit a variety of programs and classes at the school:

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