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Education Foundation of Bloomington
American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Classroom Innovation Grants
The Education Foundation of Bloomington (EFB) was selected to be the recipient of an American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation Grant in their Adopt-a-School Program.
The grant money is intended to be used for grants to staff in the Bloomington School District who submit grant requests to the EFB for innovative classroom projects that fall outside the normal funding priorities of the Bloomington School District.
Grant Report Forms
If you have received a grant in 2018-19, your grant report is due by June 14, 2019. Please use one of the forms to the right to complete your grant report.
Past Grant Recipients
Here are some of our Grant Recipients:
An Innovation Grant was awarded to Jefferson High School to outfit their special education vocational learning project TJ’s Coffeehouse with uniforms that will give students a sense of unity, confidence, and importance. The caps and aprons also satisfy the hygiene requirements similar to outside jobs involving food distribution.
The coffeehouse is open once each month and includes students from five different special education programs within the school. The project assists students to achieve their learning goal of developing real-life job skills and greater independence as they work a variety of tasks like cash register, making smoothies, order taking, set-up and break-down, inventory control, and advertising.
DIARY OF ANNE FRANK THEATER TRIP
An Adult Diploma program grant allowed students who have read the book Diary of Anne Frank in class to see a live theater production of the story. Many of these foreign-born adult students have not had the opportunity to experience live theater. The experience allows the students to see a story come alive and also allows them to critically analyze differences between the two mediums.
This grant allowed a social awareness group at Kennedy High School to purchase the book Being Emily as a reading project. The book gave students a greater understanding of others who are struggling with personal issues.
OUTDOOR LEARNING SPACE
Washburn Elementary school will be purchasing plantings and soil to develop an outdoor learning space in the spring of 2017. Parents, students, staff, and the business community are all partnering to make this a success.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL CURRICULUM
Indian Mounds Elementary school will supplement, throughout the year, their regular kindergarten curriculum with curriculum and books designed to give students instruction in the area of social/emotional development. The supplemental curriculum emphasizes areas like empathy, emotion management, and problem solving, Students will be able to identify and practice effective emotional responses.
FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES
In the 2016-17 grant cycle we were able to outfit 26 classroom/spaces with flexible furniture. In 2017-18, we are again partnering with the Bloomington School District to offer flexible furniture options to classrooms to allow for flexible spaces within the classroom or learning space. Flexible furniture accommodates the multiple learning styles and preferences of our students.