The $12,000 the ECISD Education Foundation Prize Patrol delivered Wednesday will go a long way for Katharine Roberts’ physical education students at Bonham Junior High.
Roberts was successful in putting together a grant called “Spin It to Win It!!” It will allow the school to buy interactive exercise bikes, which will be hooked into PlaySation 2 consoles, complete with three racing games.
Roberts said she will be able to customize the rides to allow students to “tour” areas they are studying in their classes. They will even be able to increase tension on the bikes when they go “uphill.”
“If they’re going in the Hill Country, we’re going to tighten them,” Roberts said.
The grant made to Roberts is the largest this year from the Education Foundation, director Jaclyn Gaona said. Overall, $108,000 in grants are being awarded for 40 proposals made in ECISD. That’s up from $103,000 last year.
The first day of Prize Patrol awards, which concludes tomorrow, started at Odessa High, where the team of Donna Prima and Janet Weyant secured a total of $16,230.37 for three proposals. Weyant brought in another $2,709.64 for a proposal she made with Tara Wein.
Even as the Prize Patrol members carried in a giant check and balloons while banging on tambourines, the students in Prima’s calculus class continued to concentrate on their school work. But Prima was grateful for the award.
She said the key to success was coming up with ideas combined with Weyant’s grant writing abilities.
“It just gives us a lot more chances for the students to succeed and bring technology into the classroom,” she said. “I’m just amazed.”
Funding for the grants comes from private donations and the Education Foundation’s annual concert. Gaona said no artist has been finalized for this year’s concert.
Gaona said grants are awarded based on how innovative and creative they are, how well they fall in with district goals and whether they are sustainable. That means a one-time purchase of lab equipment would be favored over a website license the district has to pay for every year.
Roberts said her bicycle project will benefit the students at Bonham.
“Some of them don’t have bikes, they’ve never been on bikes,” she said. “This way they can travel without ever leaving the gym.”
Upon finding out about the bikes, Roberts’ students said they’d like to go everywhere from China to France.
“That’s way better than running,” Bonham seventh grader Analise Herrera, 14, said. “You can last longer on the bike.”
Education Foundation grant awards
>> Permian: Robin Schwander, “REALity Check,” $720.46; Schwander, “Mission: POSSIBLE,” $776.99, Todd Berridge, Daniel Loudenback, “Cassatt in the Basin!,” $5,000.
>> Odessa High: Donna Prima, Janet Weyant, “Chill Out!,” $5,262.11; Prima, Weyant, “Where Did My Money Go?,” $4,053.04; Prima, Weyant, “Triple Threat: Triangles, Trigonometry and Technology,” $5,415.22; Karen Wilson, Weyant, “Continuing to Probe Our Way to Success,” $1,500; Tara Wein, “Rise Over Run-It’s a Slippery Slope,” $2,709.64; Berridge, Loudenback, “Cassatt in the Basin!,” $5,000.
>> Bonham: Nanette Kelton, “Infrared Seeker Balls and Sensors,” $780, Kelton, “ECISD Invitational Robotics Tournament,”$686.18; Katharine A. Roberts, “Spin It to Win It!!,” $12,000.
>> Bowie: Tommy Good, “The Best Next Thing,” $1,052.25; Mary Goodman, Good, “Holey! Holey! Holey!,” $3,325.
>> Crockett: Sarah Loudenback, Nathan Taylor, “Enhancing Musicianship Through Digital Audio Recordings,” $3,346.
>> Noel: Carissa Hamilton, Tamara Conn, “Creating Empathy and Musicality through Early Childhood Music,” $2,000.
>> San Jacinto: Jane Kirby, Sherry Hunter, Denise Vree, “Breakfast with the Arts,” $2,166.61.
>> Reagan: Janice Wilson, “Battle of the Bluebonnets,” $5,033.70.
>> Dowling: Rebecca Brooks, Gwen Newton, Carla Hayes, Stephanie Green and Lynn Whisenhunt, “Home Library Giveaway,” $1,150; Whisenhunt, “Battle of the Bluebonnets,” $5,033.70.
>> Gonzales: Rebecca Owens, “Let the World Talk to Me!,” $1,644.40.
>> Ireland: Abigail Regalado, Michelle Alvarez and Patricia Johnson, “CSI, Oh My! Creating Scientific Investigations in a Digital World,” $2,400.
>> Ireland: Mabel Adjani, “Battle of the Bluebonnets,” $5,033.70.
>>Advanced Academic Services Scholars in Progress, “The Play’s the Thing: Shakespearean Scholars,” $4,351.54.