The Merrillville School Board recently accepted a gift of $6,000 from the Merrillville Education Foundation to purchase hotspots for families who need internet connections.
During a normal school year, the foundation usually offers two rounds of grants to fund teacher projects based on innovative and creative approaches to learning in the classroom.
With the school corporation offering virtual learning during the first trimester, the foundation board chose instead to use its funds to help provide internet hookups for Merrillville families that have been challenged to provide basic internet for their children, a necessity when learning remotely.
“This year with the COVID-19 pandemic still upon us, we wondered if there was a different way the corporation could use our money to benefit the students besides the usual round of grants,” said Mary Hoffman, foundation executive director. “We also knew that teachers would be very busy with the challenges of e-learning and may not have time to write a grant this fall trimester.”
Hoffman said the donation should sponsor 25 hotspot set-ups.
“We greatly appreciate the funding from the education foundation,” said Steven Kerr, coordinator of network operations for Merrillville schools. “This will allow us to provide more students with internet access at home during virtual learning and in the future, as we expand the use of technology within the classroom.”
Kerr said the hotspots the school system uses are completely mobile and can provide the service to any of our families without any issues. He said they can also be reissued to different families as needed.
“The corporation has compliant filtering on those hotspots that will help keep our students safe,” Kerr said.
“With all these features in place, the MEF felt that our funds would be used wisely and are proud to, once again, work with the corporation for continued student success in school,” Hoffman said.
Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 436 grants to teachers totaling $378,082.66. These grants have impacted more than 119,476 student experiences in grades Pre-K through 12.
At an October meeting of the Merrillville Community School Corporation School Board, officers of the Merrillville Education Foundation presented a ceremonial check in the amount of $22,787.20 for awarded MEF grants during the 2016-17 school year. All funds were raised by MEF and went directly to a wide variety of programs impacting students at every school within the MCSC.
The presentation was made by MEF board members Mary Martin Hoffman, Marisa Smoljan, Bruce Woods, and Kathy Martin.
For a complete list of awarded grants, please visit our Awarded Grants page.
The grants for Round 28 were awarded in May of 2016. Fourteen grants totaling $7,656.71 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students in the areas of engineering, current events, social responsibility, health, science, reading, math and computer skills.
Since 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 231 grants to teachers totaling $223,918.04. These grants have impacted more than 73,136 students in grades K through 12.
To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 28 awarded grants…
The grants for Round 27 were awarded in November of 2015. Five grants totaling $1,830.20 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students in the areas of community service, health & science, social skills and special needs.
To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 27 awarded grants…
The grants for Round 25 were awarded in November of 2014. Ten grants totaling $7,341.87 were awarded to enhance learning experiences for Merrillville students in the areas of health, writing, math, reading, history and social skills.
To get more details about these programs, view the complete listing of the Round 25 awarded grants…
Front Row L-R: David Barrick, Bruce Woods, Melanie Atria. Back Row L-R: Ofelia Gregoline, James Donohue, Mark Lucas, Linda Jonaitis, Tom Bainbridge, Mark Sperling.
At the August 19, 2014, Merrillville Board of School Trustees meeting, the Merrillville Education Foundation presented a check to Merrillville Schools in the amount of $33,479.75. These funds were used for teacher grants and school programs.
Mr. Woods, Vice President of the Merrillville Education Foundation, stated that since its inception in 2002, the Merrillville Education Foundation has awarded 217 teacher grants totaling $216,261.33 to the Merrillville Schools.
Dr. Sperling, Superintendent of Merrillville Schools, expressed his appreciation, noting that he looks forward to continued their partnership to benefit the Merrillville students.
Learn more about how you can help the Merrillville Education Foundation…