"Supporting Excellence in Our Schools and Community"
Where will we go with Google Expeditionary Technology?
Your generosity has enabled us to fund a Google Expeditionary Technology classroom for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Twenty sets of virtual reality gear will enable students and their teachers to explore a wide variety of subject areas, from biology, anatomy, and the physical sciences to history and geography. The “classroom” can serve all our schools and is suitable for all ages. (Pictures to come once class has been run.)
Science in Nature with Old Lyme's Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
For the 2017-2018 school year, LOLEF has funded the “Science in Nature” program through Old Lyme’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. Third, fourth and fifth graders at Mile Creek and Lyme Consolidated Schools go to science class in the nearby Mile Creek and Eight Mile River Preserves, using real scientific equipment to learn scientific principles and practices. They are taught to make observations about environmental factors and wildlife habitation. This program also introduces their teachers to Next Generation science standards. Stay tuned for pictures!
Computer Skills Grant for Lymes Senior Center
In March 2016, a grant was awarded to the Lymes' Senior Center for computers and an instructor to teach classes. Previously, Lymes' Senior Center Director Stephanie Lyon- Gould would have to borrow computers from the town library, set them up and then return them. This meant that some of the seniors did not have the ability to practice what they learned. Stephanie wrote to thank us and said "I would like to express our appreciation for the grant that the LOL Education Foundation has given us for computers and classes. We started classes in April and some of the feedback I have already received when asking how the information they obtained in these classes impacts their life is: "it makes me less nervous about using computers", "learning things not previously known"', "makes me smarter", "better understanding of computering" , and "better awareness" to name a few."
Maker Space at Lyme-Old Lyme High School
The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation awarded a $17,390 grant to the Technology and Engineering Department of Lyme–Old Lyme High School for advanced equipment to complete a 21st century Maker Space. The new tools, a CNC Plasma Cutter and CNC Lathe, will enable students to cut and manufacture highly accurate parts, molds and prototypes for use in electronic vehicle design, passive solar energy machines, robotic components and more. This new equipment adds tremendous value to the LOLHS Technology and Engineering Department.
Alternative Seating for Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Patty Cournoyer, Olivia Hersant, and Wendy Wilke, recieved $3695 to pilot a program to reinforce the academic benefits of movement. These funds allowed them to purchase five different alternate-movement-based classroom furniture prototypes for two classrooms (one health classroom and one academic classroom). Compelling research suggests that this type of seating will increase the students’ capacity to focus and learn in a fairly sedentary environment.
Numbers Nook at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library
LOLEF awarded $5800 to Michelle DeSarbo, Children’s Librarian at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, and Karen Pasiuk, K-5 Math Specialist in the Region 18 Schools to fund a three-year pilot project: a math learning center, or “Number Nook”, within the children’s section of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. The math learning center will serve to support both the summer and year-round math programming for Lyme-Old Lyme students in K to 5th grade.
Spring into the Arts!
The foundation also gave $3390 to Thelma Halloran, art teacher at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, for “Spring Into Arts”, a school-wide event held every three years at the middle school. On Friday, April 10, 2015, each student in grades 6 through 8 was able to choose from over 20 workshops presented by professional and amateur artists from around the state. The students actively engaged in creating, viewing, and talking about art. The program’s goal was to inspire a lifelong interest in and appreciation for all kind of art.