The Third Annual Columbia School District Golden Ticket Cash Bash was a huge success! The community came together to benefit the students of Columbia by raising more than $18,000! Each fall and spring Columbia School District teachers and staff members come together to apply for the 3A’s Mini Grants funded through the ticket sales and raffles at the Golden Ticket Cash Bash. The Cash Bash 3A’s stand for Academics, Arts, and Athletics. This spring Mini Grants worth more than $7500 have been awarded to seventeen teachers and staff members to benefit more than 1400 students at Columbia!
Mrs. Eastman who teaches math and STEM courses at Columbia Central Junior High School is receiving a grant to give students a hands-on approach to learning topics that integrate math and science standards, critical thinking skills and problem-solving activities that benefit students by increasing their academic success. Her students will have the opportunity to use 10 Cell KaZoon Kites, test Parachutes, build Toothpick Bridges, and investigate Packaging Engineering Design. She will also receive two books that will underscore activities to acquaint students to Chemical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. In addition to the STEM grant for the Junior High students, Mrs. Kielhorn’s mini grant application for headphones was also funded. Students at Columbia Central Junior High use headphones when they use the blended learning activities in the iReady and Newsela programs, along with taking the M-STEP exam.
Columbia Upper Elementary fifth Grade teacher Mrs. Elliott is receiving a Cash Bash Mini Grant to purchase materials for a Makers Fair. The students will benefit by learning about STEM through hands-on activities that use problem-solving, higher-order thinking skills, and project-based learning strategies. Also at Columbia Upper Elementary, teachers Mr. Howland, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Wright, Librarian Mrs. Weaver, and Principal Mrs. O’Neil received Cash Bash Mini Grants for software, whiteboards, headphones, library books, and field trips to natural sanctuaries.
Columbia Options High School science teacher Mr. Timmerman’s Cash Bash Mini Grant will benefit students by giving them the opportunity to learn more about botany by setting up a vertical garden or “Green Wall.” This water based plant growing system is soilless. It takes up minimal floor space and improves the air quality in the room, produces food and serves as a working art piece. The vertical garden will sustain 32 plants and may be replanted as often as every six to seven weeks. The hydroponic garden covers seven science standards and will help students learn through this hands-on activity.
Mr. Folts also wrote a mini grant application that will benefit students from both Columbia Central Junior and Senior High School. His goal is to have his students learn and sing musical selections that appeal to young listeners. He is excited to have the additional popular music to motivate students in the Voices of Columbia choir, the junior high choir and future members of those choirs.
The athletic grants that were funded include funds for the new Columbia grade 6th through 12th grade Clay Target Shooting Team. The funds will help purchase ammunition bags, shooting vests, ear protection and safety glasses. Columbia Options High School will receive a mini grant to help start a co-ed softball team. The instructors at Options High School have found that organized sports help students to improve academically and behaviorally. Mr. Iott and Mr. Moore wrote a grant to initiate a positive program called Bigger Faster Stronger. The program gives students an opportunity to improve their physical fitness, flexibility, and mobility. The Bigger Faster Stronger program will benefit all Columbia students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade by providing new activities and strategies in physical education and athletics. The new Golden Eagles Baseball and Softball organization will be able to purchase new equipment with their Cash Bash Mini Grant. Mr. Vitale wrote a mini grant to benefit students in grades sixth through 12th to help improve shot put and discus by purchasing new implements for this popular activity.
Most of the 3A’s Cash Bash Mini Grants only partially fund these fabulous activities and programs for our students. If you are interested in helping support any of these activities or programs, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 5175926641.