Northwest NEWS

November 9, 1998

Valley Special

Innovative learning programs awarded in Riverview District

   The Riverview Educational Foundation has announced grant awards to several teachers and groups within the Riverview School District.
  
   Awards were made to elementary programs such as Mavis Mitten and Ellen Hammon's program "Travels with Teddy" that will send teddy bears around the country.
  
   Kindergarten students and the 4th and 5th grade buddies will track the bears' progress on maps and gather and read postcards while learning geography.
  
   Nelda Brangwin's "We're Moving to Japan!" will help 3rd grade students learn about a different culture and how a family might plan a move to a new country.
  
   Middle school students in the Multi-Age program will benefit from REF funds by studying the "Chocolate Connection" in depth. Students will investigate the social, economic and scientific characteristics of chocolate, as well as practice math and writing skills.
  
   Special needs students are practicing important life skills by writing business plans and developing small businesses.
  
   These grant proposals were written by Mark Klune, Ruth Cruz and Donna Harvold and students.
  
   Ryan Lewis, Cedarcrest High School music teacher, will guide students in using music software to enhance learning, encourage student composers and develop a music department web page.
  
   The Riverview Educational Foundation funds innovative projects that enhance the learning program of the Riverview School District.
  
   Donations are encouraged through United Way designated giving. REF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
  
   Additional grant funds will become available in January, 1999. Teachers, students, parent and community groups are encouraged to apply.
  
   Applications will be available in mid-November. For details, please contact the Riverview Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 62, Carnation, 98014 or Sara Lambert, 425-788-4270.