Gazette News Report
XENIA — Cox Elementary School teacher Carla Scaggs was one of 91 Miami Valley teachers to receive a grant from McDonald’s.
The money from Make Activities Count will allow Skaggs and her kindergarten class to continue their in-depth study of insects.
“My class and I are beyond thrilled to have received this generous grant from McDonald’s,” Skaggs said via email. “Every spring my kindergarten class studies the life cycles of a variety of insects and because of this grant we will have the opportunity to increase the number of insects and animals that we will be able to observe.”
Throughout the unit students will learn about a variety of insects and animals including caterpillars, praying mantises, ladybugs, beetles, frogs, and chickens by watching the metamorphosis of these animals. The students will learn about each insect or animal, watch them grow or change through metamorphosis, and keep science journals to record notes about them. Upon conclusion of the unit, students will write and illustrate about each animal’s life cycle and be a part of their release.
Teachers across the Miami Valley were encouraged to participate in the application and selection process by submitting a proposal for their classroom idea. More than $40,000 was awarded to the teachers.
“Education plays a vital role in improving our community and creating a brighter future for our children,” said Al Herzog, president of McDonald’s Restaurants of the Miami Valley. “Through the MAC grants program, we’re able to directly give back to the students, teachers and communities in our neighborhoods to help engage students and teachers in a lifelong passion for learning.”
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.