The Northwestern Lehigh Educational Foundation (NWLEF) began the “Teacher Mini-Grant Program” for permanent teachers in the Northwestern Lehigh School District in 2007. Each year the Foundation allocates a certain amount of funds to be awarded to individual or groups of teachers who apply for grants that will enhance the teaching in their classroom. Our goal is to provide teachers an avenue to implement projects in their classroom that are outside of the normal operating budget. Since inception, the program has grown via fundraising and committed funds from the Northwestern Lehigh Alumni Association.
" I am thrilled to add aeroponics to my Biology 2/College Biology dual-enrollment course. It will fit in perfectly in the botany unit. This semester we will be using the Tower Garden. Invented by the same scientist that created the hydroponic gardens at Disney World's Epcot center, this set-up will allow my students to grow a variety of lettuces and herbs in a short amount of time. With this technology in my classroom, the students will learn how aeroponics uses less natural resources and produce plants three times faster with 30% more growth.I am so grateful for the foundation's gracious grant which funded this project!" - Mr. Steve Weiss, Science Teacher
"I would love to thank the Foundation for the generous purchases I have received. My grant this year was to pilot the online series of StudySync. I cannot say enough about this program and how much is has to offer in regards to helping my students achieve success in reading. The best part is the students enjoy the program and are engaged!" - Mrs. Heather Fugazatto, English Teacher
"Our wiggle seats have given the first graders more opportunities to be kids while learning! Whether we are using the wiggle seat to reward good behavior or giving a child with ADHD an chance to wiggle out some of the pent up movement he/she has, you can always find a smile on a child sitting in a wiggle seat! From the whole first grade team, we thank you for the opportunity to let our first graders be kids!" - Mrs. Trish Holmes, First Grade Teacher
The NWLEF believes that the success of the Teacher Mini-Grant Program is core to our success as an organization — we want to impact students on a daily basis and the best way to do that is through our teachers.