Currituck Education Foundation awards mini-grants

Published 4:07 pm Thursday, April 11, 2024

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Four projects supporting Currituck County Schools were awarded mini-grant funding during the  March 19, 2024  virtual meeting of the Currituck Education Foundation.

Chavaleh Nophsker, of Dr. WT Griggs Elementary School, was awarded $500 for “The Walking Classroom” to purchase “walking kits,” which are individual wearable devices, loaded with more than 150 podcasts pertinent to concepts taught in third through fifth grade. The Walking Classroom is a Science and Social Studies-aligned curriculum delivered through 15-20 minute podcasts. The topics range from the Revolutionary War to the circulatory system, and are narrated by a teacher (the Walking Classroom founder) and a group of her students.

Amanda Lowman, of Currituck County High School, was awarded $500 for “Foreign Language Communication on Familiar Platforms” to purchase supplies for a student communications lab and green screen room. Rather than having a final exam, students will have a comprehensive and collaborative final project that incorporates all four key skill sets from NCSCOS standards: interpretive reading, interpretive listening, presentational speaking and presentational writing.

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Kelsey McCluster, of Central Elementary School and Knotts Island Elementary School, was awarded $500 for “Family Connection Summer Series” for supplies for Family BINGO Day, an ice cream social and Family Open House Day.

Winter Turner and Katrina Costello, of Moyock Elementary School, were awarded $500 for “Engaging with Animal Adaptations” to purchase science lab supplies for animal adaptations and survival: Bird Beaks Lab, Blubber Lab, and Owl Pellets Lab. During the Bird Beaks Lab, students will be presented with a variety of materials that represent different soil types, insects and different beak types of birds. Groups will make predictions as to which beak will grasp its prey best and then test and record their findings. Cooperative groups will complete the Blubber Lab by creating a layer of blubber to protect their hands from iced water and discuss adaptations for surviving in a frigid environment. During the Owl Pellets Lab, students will research owls and how they have adapted to digest their prey. Students will make connections on how owls have adapted to “cough up” the undigested stomach contents in order to survive, while the nutrients and protein were absorbed during the process.

The Currituck Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization supports public education in Currituck County. For more information on how to be involved or to make a donation, visit