Olson Elementary School has been awarded a $665 grant from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation to buy a digital camera to help students in science, technology, engineering, arts and math classes tell their stories.
Olson library media specialist Maggie Jensen requested the grant because all Woodstock School District 200 elementary schools are implementing STEAM curriculum this school year.
Jensen said Olson Elementary was fortunate to receive a grant a few years ago from the District 200 Education Foundation for a green screen and lighting, but an older iPad the school had been using to record video and sound lacked memory and sufficient audio capabilities for the project, so they sought additional funding.
Every year, retired teachers donate money to the foundation for educators through excellence grants, as well as funds to help their members in need.
There were 368 grant requests this year, and 75 were funded for a total of $36,500.
“We were fortunate to be one of them. We are so grateful to the members of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation for funding our project,” Jensen said. “The kids can’t wait to take their digital storytelling to the next level.”