Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

February 24, 2014

AEF funds reading and remediation programs


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — In response to student needs, the Avon Education Foundation recently provided more than $11,300 to fund various reading, literacy and remediation programs in Avon schools.

This school year AEF allocated $500 per elementary and $1,000 per intermediate school for the “Sustaining, Differentiating, and Improving Literacy Instruction” program that enables principals and teachers to purchase materials and provide instruction based on the unique needs of each school’s students.

Principal Kevin Gray said funds will be used at Cedar Elementary School to purchase “Reading WonderWorks” teachers’ manuals that will help staff provide intensive literacy instruction for identified students in 45-minute increments with the goal “for students to master the foundational skills needed at the first-grade level,” with options for “targeted skill support for grades two and three as well.”

At Intermediate School East, funding will be used to add more resources to the science and social studies curriculum for which sets of books for classrooms will be purchased.

At AIS West, an educational software program that appeals to multiple learning styles, identifies individual student needs, and differentiates instruction accordingly with customized lesson plans was purchased.

“Without funding from AEF, many student and classroom needs and programs at AIS West would never have been implemented due to budget cuts,” Principal Dustin LeMay said. “I am thinking about books for classroom libraries, software licenses for students, supplies for teaching science, engineering and problem solving using the Rube Goldberg method as well as the very important literacy program targeting students with significant language arts deficits.”

AEF also funded various remediation programs. In the intermediate schools, some funding was used to purchase individual student software licenses to help improve their reading, vocabulary and math skills. At East, that meant 60 more students per day could be helped. Computer tablets will also be purchased to enable teachers to better customize instruction for individual students and timers will be purchased to help students improve time management skills. Two classroom sets of integer rulers will also be purchased which East Principal Dr. Brian Scott said are hands-on resources that help students understand addition and subtraction of positive and negative integers.

At both middle schools, AEF’s funding for remediation takes a different form. The After School Assistance Program (ASAP) offers study tables, supervised by certified staff, for any student who needs extra academic support to improve study skills and maintain appropriate daily study habits to promote academic, organizational and test taking skills, as well as homework assistance.

Typically 20 to 30 students attend each week. Teachers and parents may refer students, or students may refer themselves.

AEF is unique as the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting academic programs in all 12 of Avon’s public schools, including some saved from elimination due to budget cuts. In addition to monetary donations, AEF accepts used musical instruments that are repurposed for use by beginning music students who may not be able to afford their own instruments. As a 501(c)3 charity, donations to AEF are tax-deductible.

For more information, visit the website at www.avoneducationfoundation.org.