MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- The Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation has awarded 17 classroom enrichment grants to local schools for 2008-09.
The awards, which are up to $500, are designed to pay the cost of special programs, initiatives and activities that the Central School District can't otherwise fund.
Ash Creek Elementary School was given $493 for a program that developments reading and musical skills through song and instruments; $500 for books for home-to-school literacy programs; $500 for materials to aid in first-grader literacy; and another $500 for literacy materials for kindergartners.
Henry Hill Elementary School received $485 for a floor-hockey project and $500 for game technology to enhance instruction.
Independence Elementary School was given $500 for a writer's workshop that will help students author their own publications.
Talmadge Middle School received $500 to involve students in the Kiva program, which aids small businesses in developing countries; $500 for leadership students to conduct violence prevention presentations in elementary schools; $500 to support the student newspaper; and $495 for an after-school film club.
Central High School was given $440 for equipment for art instruction; $400 for equipment for math concept instruction; $500 for weight training equipment; and $488 for materials to enhance student writing skills.
About $42,000 has been awarded through the foundation's enrichment program since 2001.