The intent of this project was to increase awareness of teachers to the importance of writing in the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Students were expected to demonstrate competency in writing at all tested grade levels. Mini-grants were awarded to teachers who submitted plans for improving the writing skills of their students. Second grade students composed cards and letters for hospice patients. They made blankets for the patients and wrote reflective and informative essays at the conclusion of the project. A team of fourth grade teachers purchased math manipulatives in the area of geometry and had their students write about their procedures in solving geometry problems.
Teachers were encouraged to think creatively to address academic achievement of low-performing students, literacy and technical career education. A total of thirty-five mini-grants were awarded to teachers or teams of teachers, representing all ten district schools, allowing students to make choices in activities and assignments that will motivate them to demonstrate competency on a topic of their choosing. These grants impacted a total of 5,757 students.