Over the Years L.I.F.T. Teacher Grants Have Had Far Reaching Effects
L.I.F.T. Teacher Grants have had far reaching effects in the classroom from elementary through high school. The Robert and Susan Kozlowski L.I.F.T. Foundation offered teacher grants to the teachers of the Metropolitan School District Schools from 2008- 2012. The only criteria was that the programs had to be student centered, interactive programs. Over the course of this time the grants were as diverse as the students served. One grant supplied guitars and equipment so a teacher could teach guitar using math to elementary school students. Another grant bought materials and sewing machines for a program that grew from thirteen students to over one hundred-thirty students since the grant was received. These students pass it forward sewing quilts for children at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Another grant offered a teacher, who works with high school students with cognitive development challenges, to help her students learn social and academic skills while recreating the life around the dinner table. Many of our grants supported the purchase of books for entire schools and for classrooms. We estimate with the L.I.F.T. Grants more than two thousand books have been purchased for Pike Schools. Other grants supported math enrichment, financing clubs and materials so students can reach their full academic potential while motivated and making math fun. One grant was renewed for multiple years to support a middle school program where groups of students worked together in their science classes to build cardboard boats that actually were rowed in competition across an Olympic size swimming pool, using cross curriculum study of aerodynamics and displacement to build their boats, checkbook skills as they kept track of sponsorship funding, Spanish skills to create bilingual commercials, artistic skills to create team logos, and English skills to create personal biographies and team sponsorship letters. Grants helped teachers of physical education, art, and music to purchase special supplies so their students were able to experience multi-ethnic diversity in the subject matter. With the funding from a L.I.F.T. Teacher Grant a media specialist could offer her students computer programs that exposed the entire school community to a multitude of books and media which she would not have been able to purchase individually in hardcopy. We are proud to have awarded over one hundred grants up to $1,500.00 each to the exceptional teachers of Pike Township these past five years.