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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.