Originally created 04/12/06

Grant will provide gifted pupils with building kits



Helen Campbell's pupils soon will be building their math lessons.

Ms. Campbell, a gifted-program teacher at Paul Knox Middle School, received a $1,000 Excellence-In-Teaching grant for her and three colleagues' proposal to educate pupils about geometry through hands-on activities such as constructing model bridges.

"Just reading about something does not give them the chance to (use) trial and error and solve problems," said Ms. Campbell, who said the grant will be used to purchase bridge-, tower- and kite-building kits.

Donna Moore Wesby, the program coordinator for the Excellence-In-Teaching mini grants, said the program is funded by Washington Savannah River Company.

"The funds benefit children in the classroom directly," Ms. Wesby said. "Teachers (won't) go without a particular project they believe will help them teach science, math or technology that tie to education standards."

Ms. Wesby said this year, a 12-member committee reviewed 308 project proposals from educators in the area and selected 87 projects to receive grants of $500, $750 or $1,000.

Fifty-one of the 87 winning projects were from Aiken County teachers, Ms. Wesby said.

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