More elementary school grants mark the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

CVUSD elementary schools began the school year with C4CC grant money in multiple subject areas.

Wildwood Elementary 2nd grade teacher Michelle May is using grant money to purchase “Nooks” and nonfiction material to support common core standards in her Language Arts program. Here she is pictured with Principal Doug Hedin.


At Banyan Elementary, Kindergarten teacher Laurie Marzalek received a grant for clay and glazes to use in her students’ wonderful ceramics projects. Principal Laurie Davis (L) joined our classroom visit.

Kindergarteners love to show their clay projects!


Kris Lopez, 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Walnut Elementary, will use her grant towards field trips to support the science curriculum. This fall, students will see Chinese acrobats at the Civic Arts Plaza and in the spring they will go the IMAX Theatre in Exposition park to see “Flight of the Butterflies.”

Ms. Lopez wrote: “Our Title One school and teachers are focused on finding ways to bring curriculum into our student’s lives. In fact, it is not unusual to hear students say, ‘I’ve never been to the ocean, museum, or the city (Los Angeles).’ As teachers we have found that the Science curriculum … is the perfect place to enrich their experiences.”


Kim Lewis, Transitional Kindergarten teacher at Glenwood Elementary, will purchase much needed math manipulatives for her classroom. Here she receives her grant alongside Principal Paula Golem (L).

Ms. Lewis’s students will benefit from the new and exciting materials in their classroom.

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Banyan Elementary School

At Banyan, Kindergarten teacher Lori Marzalek received a grant for clay projects.

She wrote to us:

“As classroom and school budgets have decreased, clay supplies have run low. this grant allowed me to purchase new glazes and bring the art of clay back to my classroom. Without this grant my class would not have been able to create clay projects for Mother’s Day. Thank you!”

Below are her students’ hearts made for Mother’s Day.

“Thank you so much for making this such a great experience for my class!” – teacher Lori Marzalek

Also at Banyan, Julie Spurlock’s 3rd grade students created their “Penny Projects,” inspired by The Hundred Penny Box

Ms. Spurlock describes this unique project:

“The project consists of finding a penny for each year of the student’s life. Then they search for a photograph of a memorable event that occurred during the given year. A short paragraph is written to explain  the event.  Finally, they research important happenings that occurred during the  particular year, and choose a headline to download…each student creates a book called “My Penny Project”.  For each year a 12 x 12  page is used.  The students  place the penny, personal paragraph, picture, and headline on the page and decorate it.  Then a front and back cover is made.  The books are bound and displayed at Open House.  The books are a beautiful keepsake to share with their parents and future generations.”

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Banyan teachers win grants for creative projects!

At Banyan Elementary School, Kindergarten teacher Lori Marzalek will use grant money for clay creations made by students throughout the school year.

Ms. Marzalek receives her grant.

Here are some examples of kindergarten clay creations.  Heart frames will be Mother’s Day gifts.


Banyan 3rd grade teacher Julie Spurlock will use grant money for her unique “penny project,” inspired by a book, The Hundred Penny Box.

Each of Ms. Spurlock’s students will create a book titled, “My Penny Project,” containing a penny for each year of his or her life and a headline and interesting facts for each year.



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