AIS receives classroom grants

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

AUGUSTA — Several Augusta independent School teachers have received classroom grants recently that will better allow them to cater to their student’s needs.

AIS teacher Lena Ross received a grant for an inflatable pea pod, which can be beneficial to students with autism, a Sensarock inflatable rocker to help with motion therapy and an indoor swing for motion therapy.

She said she applied for a donor’s choose grant because she wanted to better serve her students with special needs.

“I decided to apply for these grants in order to create a sensory friendly classroom for my students that have been identified with special needs.”

AIS teacher Natalie Insko was awarded a grant to purchase material needed for her classroom, which would have otherwise been purchased out of her own pocket.

“Students will be able to use and access the dry erase markers at any time during the day for self-paced learning. I personally will use the Swiffer Wet mop to clean up at the end of everyday to maintain a clean environment for my students to work and learn,” she said. “The pencil sharpener will be used at the end of everyday to sharpen pencils for the following learning class day. The storage containers will be used organized student material to minimize the loss of valuable learning time when the materials are needed to be located.”

Renee McClanahan received a grant for 26 classroom chairs.

McClanahan said she applied for the grant because she needed more chairs for her classroom.

“I didn’t have enough chairs for my students and the ones we did have weren’t in very good condition,” she said. “Our students will benefit from the new chairs and anyone else using my classroom.”

The grants were all received through

Superintendent Lisa McCane said the donations for the classrooms are appreciated.

“The donations are much needed and deeply appreciated. The materials teachers’ request are items they don’t have the luxury to purchase with limited classroom budgets and often times the items have an immediate impact on students’ learning,” she said.

Christy Howell-Hoots

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