2016-2017 MCFEE GRANTS

2016-2017 MCFEE Teacher Grants In Classrooms Across the District!

$ 65,000 has been designated for innovative teacher grants to enrich and enhance the education of Manheim Central students this year.  MCFEE is grateful to have the community support to make the funding for these available.  Generous Individual and Business donations and participation in the annual Family Breakfast and MCFEE’s Kids Count Benefit Auction and Dinner make these possible.

District Wide Grants

Junior Achievement:
$13,497  EITC FUNDING and MCFEE funds
Junior Achievement- a volunteer-delivered k-12 program fostering financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness skills- brings many programs to the Manheim Central District.  Over 1,137 students were impacted in 2014-15. Each JA program runs at a budgeted cost of $725.  The grant from MCFEE will cover over 13 classrooms across the district.   PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

District Art Show
$ 500
This grant will help to continue a K to 12 district wide art exhibition that showcases the creativity of our students. It will be held at the Farm Show Exhibition Center and celebrate the visual arts.  Day 1 will be an opening reception and exhibition.  Day 2 will be elementary student gallery visits led by National Art Honor Society docents.  PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

Elementary Schools

Beginning Research with PebbleGo for all elementary schools
One year of access for a database of articles, videos and games that uses scaffolding strategies to strengthen emergent readers’ literacy and research skills.  PebbleGo includes leveled and fully narrated text, animated highlighting, glossary words, visual searching, educational videos and games and encompassing activities which teach students how to cite articles, create reports and share what they’ve learned.  The database is available over the Internet via computer or with an iPad app.  It supports students who are working at different academic levels.        PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

Douglas Florian- author visit        
Mr.  Florian is a poet and will share his writings and love of poetry with all of the elementary students of Manheim Central in March, 2017. His books, Insectlopedia, Dinothesaurus, and The Beast Feast promote students’ motivation to read non fiction text and connect science and literacy.   The cost is for presentations, as well as his travel and hotel. NEW AUTHOR, AUTHOR VISITS PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

16th Annual Wetland and Watershed Day
All fourth grade students in the district will be given the opportunity to learn about wetlands and watershed through hands on activities on the Manheim Farm Show grounds and along Chiques Creek.  Presenters for the day will include the MCHS Agriculture Science students, members of the high school Envirothon team and environmental industry representatives from PA DEP, Lancaster Conservation District, Lancaster Watershed Alliance, PA Boat and Fish Commission, and the PA Game Commission.  This grant provides this applied field experience’s materials, honorariums and student transportation.  PREVIOUSLY FUNDED, EITC

Doe Run Nature Club     
The purpose of the Nature Club is to enhance and enrich the outdoor and environmental knowledge of Doe run 4th graders in an after school club format.   They meet 1 to 2 times a month and students participate in a variety of activities centered on science, environmental and nature themes.   Some include field trips to identify wildlife and plants that inhabit different types of ecosystems with PA, owl pellet dissection, stream studies, and programs from local experts form the PA Game Commission Lancaster County Conservation District and Lancaster County Parks.   Some activities are centered on material covered in the Lancaster County Junior Envirothon and the Nature Club sends student to compete in May.   PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

Two assemblies for the elementary students will be provided- an interactive math game show that involves the students in the learning process.  These will be followed by the Arithmetickles Math Night in which all students and their families are invited back in the evening to work together to solve math puzzles and math-related games.   NEW GRANT

Underwater Expedition  Video Conference       
$ 750
The videoconference for all second grade students at H.C. Burgard is a live experience in which students learn more about animal habitats in the ocean through a live video presentation .  This program will allow student to have the advantage of an expert in this area of the science curriculum.  Students will interact with the presenter.  This enhances the science standards for this unit.    PREVIOUSLY FUNDED 

 All Pro Dad’s Program at Stiegel
Stiegel Elementary will sponsor All Pro Dad’s breakfast events which will include a 45 minute program of fatherhood and family topics.  MCFEE Fund will be utilized to cover some programming and materials cost.  PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab
A 32 ft. mobile science agriculture lab equipped with all supplies and a certified teacher will be parked at the Manheim Farm Show Area for all third grade students from the district in May, 2017.   They will perform hands on science experiments, each teaching a lesson in agriculture. Children work cooperatively to solve a problem as they form a hypothesis, collect data, and draw conclusions.      PREVIOUSLY FUNDED, EITC


Middle School

Discussion with MH Herlong, Author of the Great Wide Sea
The seventh grade reads MH Herlong’s novel, the Great Wide Sea, each year.   The author is coming from New Orleans to have a rigorous, in depth discussion of the novel’s components with all of the students.  This grant will bring her from New Orleans LA, pay travel, lodging food and speaking fee.    NEW GRANT

Makerspace at the MS
The makerspace in the MS Media Center will provide students from the Middle School a place to gather to create, invent and learn.   A green screen, robotics and kits to integratge formal and/or unstructured STEM/STEAM learning.   This grant provides the supplies and equipment to develop this space.   NEW GRANT


Middle School and High School

Manheim Momentum Percussion Ensemble
The grant this year continues and expands “Manheim Momentum”, an afterschool percussion ensemble that began through a MCFEE grant.   The ensemble is open to any student in grades 7 to 12 interested in learning or strengthening their total percussion skills, understanding and technique.  It has a heavy emphasis on peer to peer mentoring from older to younger students that strengthens individual and group musicianship, leadership, scholarship and healthy relationships.  Funding this year provided an additional marimba and vibraphone with accessories.    PREVIOUSLY FUNDED, EITC

High School

Manheim Central International Culture Day and a Night Around the World        $2728.22
Student groups from the high school select a country to represent and then follow strict guidelines overseen by a faculty sponsor to represent their country at the annual International Culture Day.   This is being expanded to an evening with elementary students invited to attend with their families.  Each country will be given a budget of $175 to spend on food and supplies for their country.  12 to 14 groups of students volunteer to research and present their countries.  PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

 Driven to Distraction
$2938 (2 semesters for all of 10th grade) $1,469 each
This program, provided by the Byrnes Health Education Center, provides knowledge of the legal, physical and psychological consequences associated with impaired and distracted driving and all get a chance to participate in a driving simulator experience. PREVIOUSLY FUNDED 

Cyber Surgeons Simulation with National Institute of Health
This videoconference is a simulation- to complete the mission, students become part of the fictional Cyber Surgeons remote trauma unit on a mercy ship. This simulated ship has high tech hospital and medical research capabilities, state of the art high end communication systems and dedicated satellites to relay information.  Students will diagnose various maladies and recommend treatments, all while interacting with a “chief medical officer” from the Challenger Learning Center. This will help the students learn how to think and act quickly and efficiently.    PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

Language Learning at their Fingertips:  Rosetta Stone
Web based Rosetta Stone allows students access to all of the thirty language offerings and all levelso  Students in the gifted program will use this, as well as opportunities for other interested HS students.  Students will have access to this program anywhere and anytime extending the learning day.  Licenses can be transferred to another student when the first is done.  This pays for 16 licenses and two additional headsets with microphones.  PREVIOUSLY FUNDED

Cutting Edge Technology
A Plasma Cam Cutting machine was purchased for the MCHS Agriculture Department and enhances the curriculum in the Ag Mechanics and Welding Courses.   It gives the students opportunities to use their creativity in drawing and cutting out metal designs for use in projects that show the students how metal is cut in current industry technology.   NEW GRANT