A Cherokee County School District school has earned a $1,000 grant to improve teaching and learning for in-person and Digital Learners!
Woodstock Middle School has earned the Walmart Community Grant to fund the “Take and Makerspace” project envisioned by Library Media Specialist Wendy Cope.
The project, Ms. Cope said, will connect Digital Learning and in-person learners through Makerspace activities at home. Students will receive a “care package” containing assorted supplies with a specific challenge that they must use all the materials to satisfy.
They'll have a few days to craft their creation at home, with the option to participate in a live Microsoft Teams video-conferencing meeting to simulate the school’s after-school Maker Monday Club, so students can share their process and ideas. The Club, which was founded seven years ago, is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19 protocols limiting after-school activities. Once they've completed the challenge, students will use the Flipgrid computer program to explain their design-thinking process, the challenges they faced, and to comment on each other's work.
“We’re so impressed by Ms. Cope and her fellow educators for embracing technology and creativity to unite our in-person and Digital Learners,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Ms. Cope took the challenge of not being able to initially hold her Club in person and transformed it into a new opportunity for all students. We’re grateful to the Walmart at Bells Ferry for its assistance in granting the funding to make this ingenuity become reality.”