Bill Cruscial’s proposal was awarded $500 to purchase Wirecast Pro Software in order to upgrade the basic program being used. Wirecast Pro is essentially a “TV studio” on the computer. With Wirecast Pro, students will be taught to do professional TV broadcasts of events at OSD. Such events include sporting events, dramas, and ASL poetry, to name a few. These broadcasts will allow parents and families who live miles away to see their students involved in OSD activities.
Bill Cruscial’s proposal received a $500 award to purchase a Tetrix Robot Starter Kit and parts to enable OSD students to participate in First Robotics Competitions. The goal is to introduce students to engineering careers and give them hands-on opportunities to: apply math concepts; design, build and modify robotics; work as teams; engage in computer programming.
Cherie Douglas’ proposal received a $400 award to purchase 20 pedometers to check out to students and staff. The purpose is to increase awareness of the need for physical activity and aid in a program of “friendly” competitions. The overall goal is to reduce the number of obese children at OSD. Currently, 27% of OSD students are rated as obese as compared to the 16.4% average nationally and the 20-25% statewide. Another 15% of OSD students are considered overweight and at risk for obesity.
Coleen Thayer’s proposal received a $500 award to enhance the current Parent Resource Group activities by expanding the lending library with some signed, visual storyreading videotapes and books. The videos and corresponding books will encourage bilingual literacy a home. Videos are professionally created by the Kansas School for the Deaf. Books will be purchased either used or new. Materials are rated as appropriate for various age levels. Evaluation will include a parent survey and use of the Kendall benchmarks. (Note: Unfortunately, this project was eliminated due to staffing cuts.)
Bill Cruscial’s proposal received a $100 award which will allow OSD Middle School mathematics students to participate in a Micro Lending project sponsored by KIVA. KIVA is a micro lending nonprofit organization that makes micro loans to people in the third world who are starting or improving their businesses. The money invested is repaid, then reinvested in different micro businesses. In addition studying the mathematics involved with lending, students will learn about cultures, languages and life in other countries.