VBEF awards record $125,000 to 59 grant recipients

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) has awarded a record $125,000 in grants this school year to recognize its 25th anniversary. Teachers directing the awarded 59 grants as well as grant underwriters will be recognized at tonight’s Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration held at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Through its Adopt A+ Grants program, the VBEF has awarded more than $1.43 million in grants to the division’s schools to support innovative and projects and learning programs.


Congratulations to the following recipients of this year’s schoolwide grants and innovative learning grants! More information about the grants, including project descriptions, underwriters and amounts awarded, is available in the 2016-2017 grants project booklet posted on www.vbef.org.

Schoolwide Grants
The VBEF awards up to $5,000 for each schoolwide grant, which are designed to support activities and programs that benefit the entire school community.

  • Alanton Elementary School, If We Can Dream It, They Can STEAM It
  • Bayside Middle School, Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
  • Cox High School, Creative FIT!
  • Dey Elementary School, Mobile Makerspace
  • Kingston Elementary School, Students In, Innovators Out
  • Landstown High School, Connecting STEM to the Environment
  • New Castle Elementary School, Sprouting Sustainability
  • Plaza Middle School, BUILD Success: Building Urban Independent, Leadership and Desire for Success
  • Princess Anne Elementary School, Tink Tank
  • Princess Anne Middle School, Stepping into Action
  • Trantwood Elementary School, Our Youth Sustaining Tomorrow’s Ecological Resources (OYSTER)
  • Woodstock Elementary School, Caution! Children at Work – A Makerspace Experience

Innovative Learning Grants
Innovative learning grants provide teachers with up to $2,000 for materials, supplies and expenses related to activities, experiments and inventive learning opportunities for children.

  • Alanton Elementary School, Tech Cadets are Ready to Go with WeDo 2.0
  • Bayside High School, Overnight Leadership Workshop
  • Christopher Farms Elementary School, GO-Lab Makerspacemobile
  • College Park Elementary School, Coding with Sphero SPRK
  • Cooke Elementary School, Big Ideas with Little Bits
  • Cooke Elementary School, Life of a Private: An American Revolution Outreach Program
  • Cooke Elementary School, Escape Artist: Unlocking Learning
  • Corporate Landing Middle School, Beautiful Beneficial Bivalves!
  • Dey Elementary School, Sphero Rolls into the Room
  • Dey Elementary School, Lego Learners
  • Dey Elementary School, Fifth-Grade Gamers
  • Dey Elementary School, Second-Grade Robotics
  • Dey Elementary School, Gearing Up
  • Dey Elementary School, Green Screeners
  • First Colonial High School, Global Literacy. Oui! Oui
  • Kellam High School, Second Life Sustainable Outdoor Power Equipment Project
  • Landstown Elementary School, Pollinator’s Paradise: Can You Hear the Buzz?
  • New Castle Elementary School, Force and Motion Lego Education
  • New Castle Elementary School, Scientists Think, Explore, Make (STEM) Simple Machines
  • New Castle Elementary School, Teaching Through Shared Inquiry
  • Old Donation School, Project 3Doodler-A Pen for Your Thoughts?
  • Old Donation School, Writing on Fire: Developing a Personalized Learning Curriculum for Writing Instruction Using Kindle Fire Tablets
  • Old Donation School, Coding Our Way Through Civilizations
  • Old Donation School, LittleBits of Engineering
  • Pembroke Elementary School, From Seed to STEM
  • Pembroke Meadows Elementary School, Integrating Coding into the Primary Classroom
  • Plaza Middle School and Brookwood Elementary School, Little Free Library Literacy Warriors
  • Point O’ View Elementary School, Learning with Legos
  • Princess Anne Elementary School, Problem Solving Through Ziplining
  • Princess Anne Elementary School, Trash Pile Style
  • Red Mill Elementary School, Stock Market Game
  • Rosemont Forest Elementary School, Building Futures a littleBits at a Time
  • Rosemont Forest Elementary School, Big Sphero 6
  • Rosemont Forest Elementary School, Kid’s Baking Championship: Sweet Science Edition
  • Rosemont Forest Elementary School, Just a littleBits more…
  • Salem Middle School, Explore, Design and Create: Makerspaces in the Learning Commons
  • Shelton Park Elementary School, Transforming an Elementary Library into a Learning Commons
  • Tallwood High School, Empowering Students to Change Lives
  • Thoroughgood Elementary School, Girls’ Coding Crew
  • Three Oaks Elementary School, STEM in the Gym
  • Trantwood Elementary School, One Book, One School, One World
  • Trantwood Elementary School, Making a Difference using Makerspace
  • Virginia Beach Middle School, Storytelling Through Batik
  • Windsor Oaks Elementary School, Bee A Programmer in K-2
  • Windsor Oaks Elementary School, Goodgirls Write Code
  • Woodstock Elementary School, Dashing Through the School – Since Coding is Cool!
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