Whitney Elementary Project Proposals for Funding
Whitney is a Community School that serves a low socio-economic area in Boise
Proposal #1 Friday Focus - all school impact
Friday Focus is a yearly enrichment opportunity we offer all students from kindergarten through 6th grade. This enrichment program occurs on the last three Fridays of the school year. Teachers, staff, parents and community members develop an enrichment activity for specific grade levels. These enrichment activities range from learning how to knit, fly drones, play pickleball, make bread or even create a puppet show. Friday Focus allows students to advocate for what they want to learn and engage in activities that they otherwise might not be able to access. As a Community School, we strive to create a responsive culture for learning and this activity helps us fulfill this goal. We would like to propose supporting this yearly enrichment program which totals approximately $1200 per year.
Proposal #2 Sensory Paths on the Playground
As we continue to strive to meet our learners' needs, we believe adding an outdoor sensory path to the playground would impact students both outside the classroom and in. This will allow students to spend a few minutes walking, hopping, jumping, and bouncing, offering an opportunity to reset emotional challenges in a fun activity. These colorful, creative, playful blacktop designs are a series of guided movements for students to follow, shown by markings on the ground. Students follow the paths and complete the movements while building stronger sensory connections, developing gross motor skills, and learning to self-regulate their behaviors while working off excess energy. This addition to the playground will help us develop a supportive, more engaging student environment. The price for stencils and outdoor paint will cost approximately $2000. Below are some examples of a playground and stencils. We would like to add multiple sensory path areas of different engagement levels.
Proposal #3 Replenish Teacher Art Supplies - all school impact
Art instruction is a vital part of student learning as it develops motor skills, promotes creativity, and offers an outlet to express emotions. To support our art supplies, we will need approximately $500.
The art supplies that teachers use daily have diminished and we are in need of items such as:
new student and teacher paintbrushes
5x7 canvases for classroom projects
Projects are for the 2023/24 school year.
Club members will be engaged in providing the materials and checking in with teachers about the effectiveness of project supplies and funding.