VANDALIA — Helke students will soon be treated to more than hamburgers and French fries thanks to McDonald’s.
Three Helke teachers, Amy Heis, Kristina Sucher and Mirinda Roberts, are recipients of 2015 McDonald’s MAC Grants which will provide new materials to be used in their kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
Heis and Sucher will be using their money to purchase math centers that allow for more independent work while focusing on the Common Core math standards for kindergarten and first grade.
“While small groups of students are working independently with the Lakeshore math centers, we are able to differentiate our math instruction to meet the diverse needs and levels of our students,” Heis said.
It’s math and reading that will be the focus in Roberts’ classroom with her28 new activities. She said her students will also be able to work independently or in small groups
“They will have a better understanding of phonics skills, vocabulary skills and math topics. For example, one of the learning games is practice with beginning sounds. The students will be able to use this game to practice choosing the correct beginning sound for various words,” Roberts said.
Sucher says these activities will go a long way in helping them meet the needs of all of their students.
“One struggle that we have is finding the time to create the necessary materials needed to meet the various learning levels. The money received from our MAC grant will enable us to purchase ready-made materials that will aide in meeting all learning needs for math,” Sucher said.
The teachers will receive their grants at a special presentation Monday, Nov. 9 at the Ray & Joan Kroc Center in Dayton.
Reach the Vandalia-Butler City Schools at 415-6400.