Since our founding in 2005, the Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation has awarded more than 100 grants totaling more than $275,000 to support teaching and promote excellence in our schools.
Recent grants include:
Computer Assisted Design Lab at Maury River Middle School
Provided computers, software, and other equipment in 2013—2014 that contributed to a critical enhancement of the technical education options available to students. This was a major project for the Foundation over a two-year period. Many local businesses and organizations were partners in this effort with lead support provided by Micron Bio-Systems.
Science Department at RCHS
Between 2011 and 2014 a series of grants to the science department of RCHS included:
- Vernier Labquest Mini – Allows students to conduct scientific data collection in all science disciplines just as it is done in colleges and in the real scientific world.
- iPads for Physics and Calculus – Students are able to record labs and experiments, access sites like YouTube, Wolfram Alpha, and other instructional sites; view 82 teacher-created tutorial videos for problem-solving and AP exam review; and can use the free app “Video Physics,” as well as other excellent physics and calculus apps.
- Chemistry Lab Equipment – Funding improved the quality of laboratory experience for all chemistry students. With the equipment purchased with this funding, chemistry students are able to set up and perform acid base titration.
One School, One Book Program at Fairfield Elementary School
During 2012—2013, every student, grades pre-K through fifth, received a copy of the novel The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read or read to them. Follow-up at school generates enthusiasm for reading. A book talk and a family night featuring art, discussion, and prizes is the culmination of this community-wide reading program.
The above grants are only a small sampling of the grants made possible by the generosity of our donors.