LCPS Announces Innovation Grant Winners!

LCPS Announces Innovation Grant Winners!
Posted on 03/22/2021

Nearly three dozen educators at Louisa County Public Schools had a little extra luck on their side this St. Patrick’s Day!

As part of the school division’s 5 Cs Innovation Grants program, division administrators, school administrative teams, and members of the Louisa County School Board passed out more than $28,000 in grants to 35 educators. The grant money will go to fund unique and innovative educational projects the educators have planned for the near future!

“At Louisa County Public Schools, we place a huge emphasis on support,” LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley said. “This program is one fun and exciting way to support our educators. It’s been pretty inspiring to see their joy as we’ve delivered these grants to them. Education is their passion.”

The school division’s 5 Cs Innovation Grants program is an annual program that is now in its second year. Last school year, the Louisa County School Board voted unanimously to set aside $25,000 in the division’s budget specifically to fund the program. The Louisa County School Board made the same vote again this school year as well.

“As a board, all of us are so thankful for the hard work our educators put in each and every day, and especially this year,” Louisa County School Board chairman Greg Strickland said. “This is a fantastic program and all of us on the board are honored to be able to support our teachers in this way.”

The process for this year’s program began in early February, when the school division opened up an online form where every staff member had the ability to submit an application. In the application, educators were given the chance to explain a unique and innovative idea they had that would bring The 5 Cs to life in the classroom. The 5 Cs is an educational concept developed by the Virginia Department of Education that looks to promote Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Citizenship within all students.

LCPS educators were able to apply for grants of up to $1,000. A panel with representation from throughout the school division reviewed the applications and selected 35 as the winning entries. 

Examples of winning entries this year include:

  • “Caps for Kindness” - Funding will help the LCHS crochet club purchase materials to make kindness caps for elementary students throughout the school division.

  • “MNES Drama Club” - Funding will allow Moss-Nuckols Elementary School to create a drama club, which will conduct two performances next school year.

  • “Little Farmers” - Funding will help Trevilians Elementary School’s Behaviour Support staff to create an on-campus student-run garden.

  • “Xinabox Technology” - Funding will provide a Xinabox to a Louisa County Middle School classroom. A Xinabox is an electronic gadget that helps students understand coding and mechanical engineering concepts.

Along with receiving funding for their proposed projects, this year’s recipients were presented with a framed congratulatory letter signed by Louisa County School Board members, as well as their own oversized checks to proudly display in their classrooms! Louisa County School Board members also joined Superintendent Straley throughout the day for the presentations at each school. 

“I’m really thankful to our school board members,” Straley said. “They do an amazing job supporting our staff members, and the programs we’re funding today are going to really help us bring out the full potential in our students.”

All recipients of grants from this year’s program will be featured in a highlight video that will be released on Friday, March 19th. 

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