Schools in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties received $20,016 in grant funding through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s 2021 Education Award Grants Program to help them get through the second half of this challenging school year. With schools fluctuating between in-person, virtual and hybrid schedules, students and teachers have been faced with a host of unique hurdles. Many teachers have gotten creative, transforming their curriculum into virtual programming. Others have adopted a variety of methods to make in-person learning safer. All their efforts come with a cost, and CFES hopes to help ease the burden.
“The creativity and willingness to adapt we have seen really highlights the passion our local educators have for their students,” states Erica Joseph, Community Foundation President. “We are proud to support these learning opportunities for Lower Shore students.”
Education Awards are typically made annually through a competitive process to public and private grade schools on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Grants are made to those schools that have developed innovative programs to enhance education and improve the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of their students and communities. For 2021, a mid-year grant round was added. The following mix of virtual and in-person programs received Education Awards grants:
Berlin Intermediate School will purchase paint supply kits to send home to students for virtual arts programs.
Faith Baptist School will outfit a new Summer STEM classroom to comply with CDC guidelines.
Salisbury Christian School will create a sensory walkway for students in school to help with behavioral problems.
Salisbury School will purchase age-appropriate games and tools for the school counselors and purchase addit