Handwriting Without Tears
The Operation Round Up Board of Directors created a mini-grant program to help teachers with classroom projects or educational field trips. Operation Round Up approved another three-year cycle of teacher mini-grants.
There are 10 mini-grants of $500 each available during the 2021-2022 school year. Entries must be submitted by May 14, 2021. This grant is available to any K-12 science, art, music or CTE classroom teacher that teaches at a qualifying school. A list of qualifying schools is available on the application that can be found at SPEC.coop.
Nineteen teachers received grants for their reading or social studies classroom projects for the 2020-2021 school year.
For a mini-grant application and additional details, click here.
Kelly Folsom is a reading-language arts resource teacher at Lubbock-Cooper East Elementary and is a 2020-2021 Operation Round Up Mini-Grant recipient. She serves 17 students, ranging from 2nd-5th grade, with varying disabilities. Folsom purchased Handwriting Without Tears materials for her classroom.
In the pictures below, students are using ABC Touch Cards. The Touch Cards provide a tactile approach that allows students to “feel” the letters. In this activity, Folsom pulled out an object, and students had to name the object, state the beginning letter and sound, and then place it on the touch card of the corresponding letter. In another activity, students used the blackboards to practice writing “short” letters in between the designated lines. Students also used magnetic straight and curved pieces to build uppercase letters.
“These are just a few examples to show how the grant has positively affected my students’ learning with hands-on tools to enhance their writing,” Folsom said. “I can’t wait to see their progress in the coming months.” “Thank you so much for contributing to their education in a positive way,” Folsom said.