March 22, 2019

Fall 2012 Grants announced

We are pleased to announce the awarding of over $8,900 to Audubon educators representing a variety of grade levels and subjects for Fall of 2012.


Stephanie Dibb, Art Teacher at Haviland Avenue School, will present the Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Art Exhibit. The grant will provide K-2 students with various traveling exhibits containing large prints of artwork. A Traveling exhibit exposes students to art who might otherwise not have the ability to visit a museum.

Chris Sylvester, Audubon High School Science Teacher, will purchase an aquaponic garden control center to be used for research in biology and chemistry as well as serve as inspiration for a new elective. Students will engage in aquaponics, raising of aquatic animals and cultivating plants in water in a symbiotic environment, as well as introducing students from Mansion Avenue School’s 4th thru 6th grade to gardening and aquaponics.

Debra Waite, Audubon High School will acquire ten “Ready or Not Tot” dolls as part of the Parenting and Child Development unit. Students must tend to the “dolls” throughout the day and night. These dolls are interactive and will provide feedback via software so teachers may accurately assess the students’ care of the dolls.

Jackie Castaldi, Audubon High School Nurse, will initiate a program to provide access for every student in Audubon High School enrolled in the driver’s education program to visit the Cooper University Hospital Traumatic Injury Prevention Program. This program provides poignant demonstrations of the ways in which substance abuse, violence and poor decision making could affect their lives and the lives of others.

Kristen Solanik and Elizabeth McCurdy, 5th Grade teachers at Mansion Avenue School, will receive special funding for materials and supplies for students to perform a special musical about the 13 colonies. This project reinforces the social studies unit of colonial life and events. Musical is also performed for others.

Rosemary Lang, Haviland Avenue School, will acquire iPads to students to aid in the language acquisition process. Learning through the use of iPads will provide tactile and tangible interaction for English Language Learning students. ELL students will be more engaged in learning because they will be touching the actual information, as opposed to a keyboard or other input method. This technology – and the associated applications – provides both students and teacher with a more open learning environment.

A special Technology Initiative Grant was given to Mike Stubbs of Audubon High School to “Bring 3D to Life”. Students in 3D Animation will now be able to integrate new and cutting edge technology into class projects. Using a newly acquired digital SLR camera, as well as programs like 3D Max, Photo Scene Editor, AutoCAD, and Revit, students will have real world applications and experiences for these programs throughout the school year.