Black Diamond Foundation Partners with the
Citrus County Education Foundation To Provide New Teacher Curriculum Grants
By Susan Pratt
Lecanto, FL, December 1, 2013 -
Black Diamond Foundation (BDF) works with non-profits throughout Citrus County to expand funding for programs that benefit our young people. As part of that focus, BDF partners with the Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) to provide curriculum grants for new teachers to implement inventive education programs.
CCEF instituted its curriculum grant program several years ago, providing up to $1,000 to select teachers to help them implement literacy programs in Citrus County schools. The goal of these grants is to provide support to both train new teachers and keep outstanding teachers in Citrus County. In May 2013, BDF provided a community grant of $4,000 to CCEF to improve instruction in County classrooms. Funding provided by BDF is matched by the State of Florida with funds designated for County education foundations. As a result our $4,000 grant was worth $8,000! This year, CCEF’s annual award program totaled $56,000, an increase of $11,000 over 2012. Funding for curriculum grants is sent directly to the schools. Orders for program materials are placed through the school business office.
Teacher curriculum grant requests are submitted in September. A committee of CCEF Board members selects programs to receive funding. Susan Pratt, a member of the BDF Board of Directors, also sits on the CCEF selection committee and chooses the grants to be sponsored by BDF. Due to State budget cuts for education, these grants for materials and supplies have become more and more important. The competition is intense. CCEF was thrilled to have sufficient funding, for the first time, to fund all 56 of this year’s qualifying grant requests. The presentation ceremony took place at the College of Central Florida on November 5th. Susan Pratt presented these program grants on behalf of BDF:
• CREST School (for students with disabilities) - “Literacy for the Family through Sharing Backpack Technologies.” Many of the students in the program have not read with their parents in the last year, and few read for pleasure or have books they like to read at home. This program provides tablets with e-books loaded on them for students to take home for a week at a time. Training will be provided for parents in their use. The tablets will also contain applications for the whole family.
• Crystal River High School Spanish Department - “From Vocabulary Acquisition to Clarity of Content.” This project focuses on learning vocabulary as a key to discovering content clues for language acquisition. Games, CDs and DVDs of real life Spanish language interactions will increase students’ abilities to learn the language.
• Withlacoochee Technical Institute English as a Second Language Department - “ESOL, Adult Education and Career Pathways.” The grant will purchase the “I’m Not Afraid of English Anymore” program to assist students in gaining English fluency and the skills to transition into post-secondary career and technical education.
• Citrus Springs Elementary School Fifth Grades - “3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!” Materials will be purchased for all of the fifth grade classes to build and launch their own rockets. The competition is school, state and nationwide. The students will experience real world science and math applications.
The power of partnerships lies in coordinating program funding to ensure adequate resources are provided to achieve success. BDF will continue to partner with County agencies and our own Black Diamond Junior Volunteer Corps to support programs that feed children, offer expanded educational opportunities, and develop young leaders. Your support of Black Diamond Foundation continues to make a difference in Citrus County!
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