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Save the Date!


   The Grove Education Foundation for Excellence (GEFFE) board members invite friends, community members and supporters to pull out their passports, pack their bags and save the date  for the “Passport to Education” Gala. The 17th annual Gala is a Parisian-themed affair that will  take place at 6:00 p.m., April 25, 2015 at the Grove Civic Center.   he international evening will feature the thrilling Grand Surprise, a live and silent auction bursting with enviable items and a delectable dinner by Timbered-In Catering. The prestigious “Shining Star Award” will be announced at the Gala recognizing a teacher, or group of teachers, that had an exceptional grant funded in the 2014 grant cycle. The nominees are Angie Bacon and  Sylvie Kane, Jeanne Ann Smith and Tim Williams. The Shining Star winner will receive $500 and the runners-up will receive $100.  

   Corporate tables can be purchased by calling Benee Masri at 918-645-9896. Individual tickets will be sold at local banks at least three weeks before the Gala.Check us out here and on our Facebook page for regular postings as the event draws near.

2015 Shining Star Award Nominees Announced!


GEFFE has announced this year's three Shining Star finalists.  The Shining Star Award is given for the grant application in the last year that best exemplifies innovation and excellence in education.  The finalists are:

Tim Williams was awarded a $2,515 grant for “Sun Powered Growth.” This project is an expansion of a project already established at the GEFFE Greenhouse located on the campus of the Upper Elementary/Middle School. The expansion allows students to study and learn about solar energy as well as provide real-world application in sustainable energy and food production. Additionally, this provides opportunities for students of all ages to use the expanded facility for science fair research and ongoing projects. The final result of this project will be a completely energy independent section of the GEFFE Greenhouse providing food and showing that renewable energy coupled with sustainable food sources work.

Jeanne Ann Smith was awarded a $5,000 grant for “Mmm…STEM Education with littleBits & 3D Printing.” With the littleBits electronics and a 3D printer, students and teachers are given hands-on experience with electronics that require no soldering and they will be able to use and experience the new world of 3D printing. They will also learn CAD software so that they can fully utilize the 3D printer.

Angie Bacon and Sylvie Kane were awarded a $4,320 grant for “The DaVinci (QR) Code: Using QR Codes and Mini iPads to Enhance Problem Solving.” QR (Quick Response) codes are being used at the Lower Elementary and Middle School to engage students with the use of technology. QR codes are posted throughout the schools requiring seventh graders and second graders to work together to solve a variety of math problems aligned with Common Core standards.

The winner will be announced at the GEFFE Gala.   Congratulations to all three teachers!

 

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