Lakewood Elementary. (Photo by Rasy Ran)

Lakewood Elementary. (Photo by Rasy Ran)

The Woodrow Wilson Community Foundation has awarded grants to five local schools as part of its Feeder Impact Fund honoring Gary Griffith.

This year, $7,500 was distributed among six schools, all within the Woodrow feeder pattern: Mount Auburn Elementary, Woodrow, Mockingbird Elementary, Lakewood Elementary and Lipscomb Elementary.

Mount Auburn received $2,500 for a multi-sensory room to limit student behavior referrals and help them expand their attention. The elementary school also received $748 to be able to offer students a safe, indoor climbing area.

Woodrow was awarded $1,500 for an art entrepreneurship project that will teach students to create a product, stick to a budget and make a profit, all while strengthening community ties.

Mockingbird received two grants. A $1,500 award will go toward deaf education, specifically launching the “Deaf Can!” initiative, which includes creating and distributing sign language materials across campus. And $763 will help purchase materials needed to create math review centers, accessible small groups and literature.

Two schools each received $250. Lakewood plans to use the money to buy a collection of decodable books that match students’ reading levels. And Lipscomb will use it to create an incentive system and prizes to help students master multiplication.

The foundation also provides scholarships to seniors, helps fund the International Baccalaureate program and in the past has honored volunteers. As a nonprofit organization, it supports “excellent education in the public schools in the Woodrow feeder pattern in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.”

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