The first signature project of JLSF was to pilot an art program in the elementary schools, which the school later picked up and continues today.
JLSF awarded several grants, totaling approx. $1,500, to place flexible seating in one classroom at each elementary school building. Flexible seating increases academic performance, participation and behavior, core strength and posture, and reduces restlessness while improving attention and focus.
JLSF gave a $2,089 grant to JMMS and a $3,285 grant to JHS for virtual reality sets that allow students to participate in virtual environments that fulfill state standards and create a memorable experience. They can take virtual field trips and take tests that are integrated with the virtual world they are experiencing.
JLSF awarded this $800 grant for third graders across the district to go to the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert. Classical music boosts memory, sparks creativity, and reduces stress levels. This trip was taken right before third grade testing.
During JLSF's first grant cycle, we awarded $2,054 for JSA and JAGS to bring in Ted Weise for three days to speak with freshman classes on leadership and the idea of working with upper classmen. JAGS and JSA are involved throughout the district, including at the elementary and middle schools, so this grant had an impact throughout the school district.
JLSF awarded a $1,000 grant to a kindergarten class at Sauder for egg hatcheries. This allowed students to see a chick grow and hatch. Students journaled during this unique experience. Kindergarten teachers plan to get new eggs each year.
JLSF awarded over $2,600 for Lego We-Do kits for all elementary buildings. Lego We-Do kits align with science and math standards across all grade levels.
In our third grant cycle, JLSF awarded a $5,000 grant to bring the ROX Program to our school district. ROX supports social and emotional health, communication, girl drama/bullying, body image, and more for girls in 5th, 7th, and 9th grades.
In our second grant cycle, JLSF awarded $4,475 in grants for STEM bins, STEAM bins, and fine motor manipulatives for Lake Cable and Amherst. The activities the students can do with these supplies allow them to build confidence in their problem solving skills.
JLSF awarded a $2,420 grant to Mrs. Cline to be trained in Social Thinking. Social Thinking is a methodology by which you can intervene with students who are having a hard time socially interacting with others (such as reading a room through body language or emotions).
JLSF awarded a $5,030 grant to JMMS for an electric car kit for students to build and race. When the students wanted to continue to improve their car at JHS, we awarded a $2,750 grant for JMMS to purchase a second kit. "JMMS greatly appreciates the support of the Jackson Local Schools Foundation. We would not be able to provide innovative programming such as the Electric Car Project without such support. It makes jumping in that cold water seem not quite so bad!" - Mr. Carter
JLSF awarded a $440 grant for Ms. Lenhart to attend a national reading recovery conference. "I will be forever thankful to the Jackson Local Schools Foundation for this grant! The knowledge that was gained at this conference continues to impact student learning. Thank you, again, for this amazing opportunity!" - Ms. Lenhart
JLSF award over $1,000 to start a ZOME Geometry Club for 20 students in 6th-8th grade to experience expanded curriculum and higher order thinking.
The Foundation awarded a $458 grant for a tabletop harp for each elementary building's Maker Space, giving access to a musical instrument for a creative outlet.
JLSF gave a $540 grant for "News 2 You" subscriptions, which features weekly news and recipes that address reading and math curriculum. The grant also covered cooking supplies for one year.
JLSF awarded a $3,000 grant awarded to JHS's culinary program to take a field trip to the Culinary Institute of America and Tavern on the Green in New York.
JLSF awarded a $600 grant for this project-based learning JAGS capstone project to install water bottle filling stations in the high school.
During the 5th grant cycle, JLSF awarded $1,098 for heart rate sensors for the adapted PE classes. This is something that can incorporate with IEP goals.
In our fifth grant cycle, JLSF awarded $5,300 to start a JHS Robotics Club. This group is able to enhance their STEM education, as well as compete with area schools and perform community outreach activities. In our 10th grant cycle, we awarded an additional $5,000 to support expanding this program to lower grades and to establish a camp.
The Foundation awarded $2,500 for Spheros robots to JMMS. These will expand the Maker Space with STEAM opportunities, coding, and robotics
In the 5th grant cycle, JLSF awarded $1,650 for a top youth speaker to work with JHS students and parents.
During the 6th grant cycle, the Foundation awarded $1,254 for a JMMS field trip to see The Christmas Carol.
JLSF awarded $1,210 for a full day with young adult author Jordan Sonnenblick.
For this $1,662 grant, the JHS Film Club will be able to purchase more supplies to continue to support the schools and community.
This $2,914 grant allows differentiated learning in the kindergarten classrooms with the use of sensory tables.
JLSF awarded $1,000 to Lake Cable's kindergarten teachers for oral storytelling centers in each classroom.
A $1,500 grant for ACT Certified Educator Training awarded to Mrs. Myers for JHS students
JLSF awarded a $1,027.04 grant for Sphero RVR and Cubelets to Ms. Dretke and Mr. Hartley for JMMS students.
JLSF awarded a grant for $1,044.21 for Printing with the Dremel DigiLab, awarded to Ms. Dretke and Mr. Hartley for JMMS students. This was so popular that a second grant for $2,023 was awarded for another printer.
A grant for $2,266.38 for a fun black top face lift was awarded to Ms. Scaffide for elementary school students.
A $1,196 grant for a yoga mindfulness pilot was awarded to Ms. Scaffide for Lake Cable Elementary's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.
JLSF awarded $5,000 for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Development awarded to Mrs. Myers for the entire district
The elementary art program, originally established by the JLSF, had to be cut because COVID-19 guidelines restricting students from sharing materials. This grant attempts to purchase individual materials for students so the program could resume.
Grant will provide a speaker, wireless microphone, and a charging station. Studies show increased student engagement, participation and lesson retention.
JAGS students will attend a seminar series structured around global studies. Kent State Global Studies Degree students will work with the JAGS Capstone students on their capstone topics. A few noteworthy capstone topics chosen by Jackson students are: Human Trafficking, Food/Water Insecurity, and Service to Children in Need.
JLSF gave a $5,000 donation to the schools for additional Chromebooks needed to support e-learning during COVID-19.
JLSF provided boxed lunches for all teachers and staff during an in-service day, totaling approximately $3,000.
This grant was for elementary school students to plant and nurture pine cone seeds and then transplant the trees home.
JLSF provided new touch screen technology, including pens, for students to work through math problems in class.
Students in the multiple disabilities classroom will use this grant to make and sell beaded lanyards in order to learn to run a self-sustaining business.
Students in the BEAR TRACKS PBIS program will design, plant, and care for plants grown at Strausser with this grant.
JLSF gave $5,000 to the district's Adopt-a-Family program to fill the gap in fundraising caused by COVID.
This grant was for $3,750 to develop a dynamic one-room school house experience. This will be a joint effort between JSA and the elementary schools.
JLSF awarded a $3,476 grant for social thinking bins and centers to support social thinking skills in a post-COVID environment.
This grant awarded $200 to Amherst Elementary's reading recovery program for new books.