Monday, May 3, 2004

$4,400 goes to Lakota schools

By Nancy Young
Enquirer contributor

WEST CHESTER TWP. - The Lakota Fund of the Community Foundation of West Chester and Liberty Townships has awarded its first grants benefiting students in the Lakota school district.

More than $4,400 has been allocated for five classroom projects. The money was donated by Lakota teachers and staff members.

Staff at the Lakota Early Childhood Center received more than $1,000 to develop student backpacks for each instructional level of the Lakota Language Arts Continuum.

Hopewell Elementary School first-graders now have more than $550 in new reading books at their disposal to take home, read to their parents, and keep for reading practice throughout the school year. Both projects are part of the district's goal to increase parental involvement.

Hopewell Elementary fifth-grade students are learning the history of kites and kiting, thanks to a grant allowing them to craft their own kites. The project integrates art, science, social studies, history and reading in addition to fostering skills such as listening, following directions and fine motor skills.

A grant also enabled the creation of the Lakota East High School Book Club, encouraging leisure reading and the discussion of literary material.

Lakota Special Services received a $1,200 grant to provide theme-based activity days for students with multiple disabilities. Learning stations will incorporate language, math, and unified arts.

"The Lakota Fund is open to any Lakota employee as well as community members," said Mike Taylor, assistant superintendent of the district. "Projects are chosen that complement the district's mission and goals and promote learning. Grant funds are becoming more important as state funding decreases."

For more information, contact the Community Foundation of West Chester and Liberty Townships at 874-5450 or visit


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