Many of you are aware that the Putnam City Schools Foundation funds teacher projects and training through a program we call YES! Grants. We named it that because more often than not, we get to say yes. It has been such a pleasure seeing the creative ideas, the impactful training, and the much-needed resources our teachers ask for each year in use.
Our most recent newsletter has a list of many of our YES! Grants from this school year, and today my board was able to see one of those grants in action. Coronado Heights Elementary School counselor Ms. Frizzell requested a special curriculum to help students learn how to name and understand their feelings. The kit comes with dolls and books to represent many different feelings a child might have, and gives them the language they need to share how they feel with those around them.
Ms. Frizzell visits the regular classrooms weekly and shares each new emotion with the children. Today she had them grouped on the front carpet reading them the book that went with Bella Rose, the sensitive doll. The children were able to answer questions about the story, and used the new language they had acquired to express how she was feeling.
So many of our supporters don’t get to see the day-to-day good that results from their gifts to the Foundation. It is hard for us to find ways to really let people see how much of an impact these small grants make on the daily life in a school. We are doing our best to describe the good we see and to post pictures and stories so you all will know the difference being made. If you have ideas about how we can do that more effectively, I welcome the suggestions.