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Jersey Shore receives $1,000 grant from Mansfield University

Jersey Shore receives $1,000 grant from Mansfield University

JERSEY SHORE — Elementary kindergarten teacher and grade level leader Lisa Cenimo received the news that Jersey Shore Elementary School was the recipient of a STEM on the Move mini-grant from Mansfield University.

The $1,000 classroom mini-grant application is a one-time grant to be used to support innovative programs at the classroom and/or site level. The mini-grant was offered to benefit the students in the 2019-2020 school year.

“I was so excited! It was welcomed news just as the school closings and pandemic had started. It is a great feeling to know that I am helping my students and my school,” Cenimo said. “What sparked my interest in this particular grant was that it was to secure funding for primary grade STEAM materials.”

Students will be able to see every piece of the tecnology puzzle, not just as a toy but a way to learn problem solving and as an opportunity to create. This helps expand three dimensional learning and to increase students depth of knowledge.

Jersey Shore’s vision includes using these additional materials for a STEAM lending library for the district’s elementary schools and Maker Spaces in the elementary libraries, the news release said. The lending libraries would reach an additional 340 students between Avis and Salladasburg elementary schools.

As a kindergarten teacher, Cenimo was looking for opportunities to incorporate science in the classroom and after hearing about Mansfield University’s mini-grant she decided to pursue this to “provide experiences” for students.

Her first time writing a grant, Cenimo said she “was a little hesitant, not knowing where to begin,” but with the support of co-workers who had previously written grants her friends encouraged her to apply for the grant. Writing a grant was on her “career bucket list” and now she is able to cross it off.

Cenimo is a member of the school’s STEAM Committee. The committee is comprised of Jersey Shore grade level representatives, elementary music and art teacher, the district’s Parent Teacher Organization president, the district-wide librarian and the building administrators including Adrienne Johnston, principal, and Jennifer Berry-Propst, assistant principal.

Educational resources and materials in the STEAM Lab were made possible through creative funding paths, such as mini-grants through the Jersey Shore Area School District Education Foundation, Exxon Mobile grants, Hess Company and the Jersey Shore Parent Teacher Organization. Due to budget constraints district-wide, the school district continues to seek creative funding opportunities so to expand the inventory of materials.

“As a member of the Jersey Shore Elementary STEAM Committee, I am well aware of the cost of STEAM materials. Being able to bring in more materials to our school’s new STEAM program would provide many learning opportunities to Jersey Shore Area School District teachers and their students as a class,” Cenimo said.

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