A fifth grade science teacher at Chester Grade School, has been awarded a $583 grant to buy science equipment for "hands-on" experiments in all three 5th grade classrooms at CGS.
Teacher Tammy Liefer wrote the grant proposal because supplies were very lacking last year for "in class" experiments.
"I decided to pursue the grant because last year we had to borrow equipment to complete any science experiments we wanted to do," Liefer said.
With the grant, she bought different sized beakers, tweezers, aluminum pans, graduated cylinders, digital thermometers, and digital scales for all three classes.
"We will use the supplies to perform a variety of experiments in science," she added. "Last year we just did them as a class demonstration. This year, all students will conduct these experiments and they will be hands-on."
The grant was provided by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of professional women educators. The Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies Inc. gave her the check personally.
Karen Parks, the Lambda State Foundation secretary, thanked Liefer for her interest in the grant.
Liefer, meanwhile, is a member of the local Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The group's members form a professional women's educational society that helps to foster various educational endeavors.
Parks said the Foundation enjoyed the new ideas presented in Liefer's proposal.
"I don't believe that the board has ever funded science equipment before, and we look forward to receiving your evaluation," Park said. "It sounds as if you have a good plan of action. Your students will certainly learn a great deal from using this equipment."
Along with the check for $583 the Lambda State Foundation noted that Liefer had done an excellent job of delineating the budget for her project and that the board understood exactly how their funds would be utilized.
"Our intention is to provide educational tools for students," Parks said. "We especially like knowing that the equipment is durable and not disposable so it will be used for many years to come."
Liefer has already bought the equipment and held a brief meeting with several members of the local Beta Delta Chapter to demonstrate the many uses of the equipment.
According the Liefer her students are excited about the opportunity to be involved in the "hands-on" experiments and they are ready to become active participants in learning the principles of science that will be taught.
"Last year we were working out of science books that had not been replaced for quite some time, and when we did experiments, we teachers had to bring in the items necessary on our own," Liefer said.
"This year, thanks to the Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies, we will be able to involve all of the students in 'hands-on' experiments and students will receive a better educational experience."
The Lambda State Foundation for Educational Studies, Inc. is a constituent of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The local affiliated chapter, of which Liefer and numerous other local women educators are members, is the Beta Delta Chapter. They are very active in the Chester area.