2016-2017 Grants Awarded
Williams Award Winners 2016
The Wilmington Schools Foundation presented the 2016 Williams Excellence in Teaching Awards on May 26 at the Teacher Recognition breakfasts at each school. The Williams Award was established in 1996 by the WHS Class of 1945. It honors the memory of two devoted teachers, Woodrow and Esther Williams, who dedicated their professional lives to excellence in education. The awards are given each year to teachers who reflect the enthusiasm, dedication, preparation, and inspiration the Williams exhibited.
The winners this year are Amber Hollins, a third-year first grade teacher at the East End Elementary; Dan Hellmund, a Science teacher at Middle school who has been with the district since 2012; and Michele Carr, art teacher at WHS, who is retiring after 30 years. In addition to a certificate, each teacher is awarded $100 for use in their classrooms. If you would like to help keep this tradition going, please feel free to send in a donation to the Williams Excellence in Teaching Award with your membership dues.
Denver Place Second Grade Book Club
Denver School's second graders got to enjoy book club after school. Students read a book, enjoyed a snack and craft project. This was made possible by a Foundation Grant. The Wilmington Schools Foundation's grant program provides the opportunity for applicants to receive funding for creative and impactful ideas for classrooms and for the educational environment of students, faculty, and staff.
East End Teachers Receive Grant For Flexible Seating
East End Teachers, Mrs Smith and Mrs Sutton, received a Foundation Grant for Flexible Seating in the classroom. According to Mrs Smith, flexible seating has been so exciting this year for the third grade classrooms. It has allowed students the flexibility of independently choosing their learning spot each day to accommodate their learning needs. Students have been more focused and engaged in their learning. In addition, students have been able to release their energy in more productive ways in the classroom with seating options such as the exercise balls and the fidget bands. Through the use of flexible seating, students have become active learners in the classroom.