GNADENHUTTEN The Indian Valley Foundation, only two years in existence, has been able to add four new building grants in the amount of $1,500 each to the Indian Valley High School, Middle School, Midvale Elementary and Port Washington Elementary buildings.

The grants were created earlier this year by the IV Foundation Board beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. District principals were encouraged to submit an idea(s) to benefit their building students.

According to Foundation Board President Martha Roudebush, the building principals were offered the opportunity to submit building grants for a project or projects that would benefit students in all grades at each building.

The Foundation Board saw this as an opportunity to provide additional funding to each building to supplement the regular curriculum and enhance learning opportunities for all students district wide, she explained. This also was a way to provide funding in addition to the classroom grants that are being awarded on a regular basis to district teachers to supplement curriculum and learning experiences. These grants from the foundation also offer students new and exciting ways of learning.

Indian Valley High School Principal Troy Page plans to establish a Read to Succeed program that will offer students more up-to-date library books in a wide range of interest and reading levels, thus giving all students the opportunity to read and grow.

Brent Carter, Indian Valley Middle School principal, will develop a project entitled Buckle Down to Zoom Up a new web-based program to help identify students needs in Language Arts. The program has the potential to benefit 99 percent of the student population in grades 6, 7 and 8. It is also an integral part of the Ohio Common Core Standards.

The Midvale Elementary grant submitted by Principal Ira Wentworth is titled Culture Comes to Midvale. The Midvale building earned a ranking of Excellent from the State of Ohio for academics performance. During the 2011-2012, the school will strive for equal status and also will broaden the horizons of each child by showing them the world of culture.

Students will travel to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas to take advantage of two matinee performances. Kindergarten through second grades will watch Sylvester and the Pebble. Third, fourth and fifth grades will watch the original play of Freedom Bound. Additionally, grant monies will be bring a professional touring company to visit the school. The Columbus Childrens Theatre will present a Childs Writing Project, a play in which childrens stories are shared with the audience. During that evening Aladdin will be presented to the public using Midvale Elementary as their theater.

Port Washington Elementary Principal Jim Kennedys building grant will be used to replace a large number of educational VHS videos with DVDs that were destroyed by a lightning strike at the buildings As a result of the lightening strike, a large number of the buildings VHS/DVD players used for educational supplements to teacher curriculum were lost. Only DVD players replaced what was damaged, leaving the VHS videos unable to be played.

The IV Foundation also awarded eight new Classroom Grants as follows:

Tiffany Shaw, Port Washington Elementary iSuccess, an on-going educational tool to be used in various ways in the classroom.

Wanda Krocker, Port Washington Elementary You Read to Me, Ill Read to You!, a program to help struggling first grade readers. Volunteer students from the fourth and fifth grades who have scored high on achievement tests, will work with books designed for first graders to read the right hand page and the helper to read the left page. This is designed to be a part of the Indian Valley District Continuous Improvement Plan.

Melissa Thomas and Stacy Bitikofer, Middle Elementary Scrapping My Story, a project designed to develop writing skills. Students will document their lives and personalities in a scrapbook that will last a lifetime. As they work, students will hone their writing skills by pre-writing, composing, evaluating, revising, editing and publishing.

Aaron Haney, Port Washington and Midvale elementaries Indian Valley Olympics, an annual event started in 2010. Students begin the day by entering the stadium holding flags they made in art class. All students then participate in 12 events throughout the day. The school that wins the most events for the day is presented with a trophy that stays with their school until the next Olympics. The Indian Valley Olympics is a fun filled day that gets students outside and promotes enjoyable physical activity.

Aaron Haney, Port Washington and Midvale Elementaries Get Moving in the Mornings, is aimed to increase the daily physical activity of the students and stimulate their mind academically by offering an activity to get them moving in the morning. It will provide an additional 20-25 minutes of physical activity five days each week.

Debbie Lee, Midvale Elementary Hands-On Learning, provides purchased materials used daily to meet the revised common core standards for Kindergarten math, reading, and language skills.

Joan Krocker, Midvale Elementary Duct Tape Math and More, provides purchased materials to enhance math skills through more hands on applications. Students will learn responsibility, organization, measurement, money, estimation, addition, subtraction and working cooperatively. The skills will be practiced through fun and educational activities.

Linda Spring, Midvale Elementary Drama Club Sound, will provide additional lapel microphones to be used in the Drama Club public performances.

The Indian Valley Foundation, established in November of 2009, is operated by a group of volunteers who willingly give of their time, talent and treasure. Officers for the 2012 year are: Martha Glauser Roudebush, president; Jim Ford, vice-president; Sara Updegraff and Diana Gibbens, co-secretaries; and Minnie Garabrandt, treasurer. Board members are: Roger Bond, Lee Brown, Shelly Cozart, Patsy Cunningham, Superintendent Robert Fogler, Pam Fouts, Tom Frank, Louise Harris, Chris Hopkins, Brad Kaiser, Debbie Lee, Jack McKeown, David McPeek, Keeley Marstrell, Sigrid Miller, Brenda Stafford, Jeff Stearns, Gale Stull, Roy Williams, and Stephenie Wilson.

The IV Foundation continues to seek addresses for all of the Indian Valley North, Indian Valley South and Indian Valley graduating classes. Class addresses may be emailed to: dave.mcpeek@ivschools.org.

Tax deductible contributions to the foundation may be sent to: Indian Valley Foundation, P.O. Box 171, Gnadenhutten, OH 44629.