Mini-grants awarded for supplemental books in classroom

JOHNSTOWN — Supplemental books for classrooms were among recipients of recent Johnstown Teacher Association mini-grants doled out to faculty members.

Two teachers spoke about grants they received at the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education meeting Wednesday night at Knox Junior High School.

Superintendent Patricia Kilburn said the board will also be hearing other mini-grant presentations at its May 17 and June 8 meetings.

Presenting Wednesday were: Kristin Meashaw, a fourth grade teacher at Warren Street Elementary School, and third grade Glebe Street Elementary School teacher Debra Ammann.

JTA President Nancy Lisicki explained to the board how every school year, each district school building is encouraged to submit applications to the JTA for the so-called mini-grants. The faculty union has given out thousands of dollars in mini-grants for projects at all the district’s school buildings over many years.

Lisicki said the mini-grants — usually about $100 apiece — are used to supply “fill-in-the-gap” instructional aids and tools for teachers that aren’t usually earmarked in the district budget.

“The teachers have come up with some really great ideas,” Lisicki said.

Meashaw told the board her mini-grant went toward supplemental books for her fourth grade. She said the subject of some was Greek mythology and the students appear very interested.

“They aren’t on my shelf more than a few minutes,” Meashaw said.

Ammann said her focus has been to try to get young students to “love” reading. She said she applied for a JTA mini-grant and had enough funding to purchase 50 to 60 books. She said the books she purchased were accelerated reading books.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Chad Fleck

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