Grants in Action

Thank You for World Literature and Poetry

Your generous donations are fueling creativity and learning at Vashon High School by providing over one hundred “new poetry and world literature titles… specifically selected as windows to the world; representing viewpoints and cultures of poets and authors from around the world.,” according to school librarian, Susan Stronach, the recipient of a 2016-2017 PIE grant which made this happen.

Island schools have a well- earned reputation for producing students who are eager and able to express themselves through writing. Stronach and the high school English department thank you for your support to enrich and update the library’s collection. Ms. Stronach reports, “Students are devouring the new fiction and poetry books, which are flying off the shelves. It looks like the students wanted contemporary writing with different points of view.”

April was Poetry Month when English classes focused on poetry.  Anders Blomgren’s Creative Writing Class were privileged to host Washington State’s poet laureate, Tod Marshall, who spoke at the Vashon High School library. Because of you, students are able to read the new poetry and world literature in addition to hearing about it in the classroom. Thank you for your donations.  You enrich our students’ lives.

 

“Invertebrates in Schools” is a grant awarded to Gay Roselle for her 6th graders to study the health of Shinglemill Creek, on Vashon Island. By working with expert scientists and learning about the macroinvertebrates as Biological Indicators of the health of Shinglemill Creek, the students act as real scientists by being part of an ongoing local ecological study. Thank you to the great video by Peter Serko!

Invertebrates in Schools McMurray Middle School from Peter Serko on Vimeo.

 

Vashon Artists in Schools is a partnership between Vashon Allied Arts and Vashon Island School District that stimulates, supports and enhances K-12 Arts Education through Artist-Teacher collaborations. Vashon Artists in Schools has received grant funding from multiple organizations, including Vashon Partners in Education (PIE) for many years.

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The 2012 grant “Playground Map” was used to repaint the U.S. map at Chautauqua Elementary School, bringing geography to life.

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2012 Vashon Artists in Schools—Chautauqua multi-age students and teachers partnered with artist Ela Lamblin in a residency connecting principles of physical science with art and design.

2012 Vashon Artists in Schools—Nature Journals: McMurray Middle School residency with artist Sandra Noel and teacher Gay Roselle, in which students practiced drawing from nature

2012 Vashon Artists in Schools—Nature Journals: McMurray Middle School residency with artist Sandra Noel and teacher Gay Roselle, in which students practiced drawing from nature

2012 Vashon Artists in Schools—A residency at Vashon High School visual art classes with photographer Ray Pfortner, partnering with teacher Terry Swift

2012 Vashon Artists in Schools—A residency at Vashon High School visual art classes with photographer Ray Pfortner, partnering with teacher Terry Swift