On Monday, March 6, American History instructor Elizabeth Kinney was awarded a $300 mini-grant from the Davidson County Education Foundation for her class’s World War I Children’s Book project. Students will publish and professionally print historical fiction books written for a 3rd-5th grade audience. Once books are printed, they will be read to elementary school students by the authors and placed in the children’s collection at the Lexington branch of the Davidson County library.
According to their website, DCEF Teacher Mini-Grants are designed to give teachers and students extra learning opportunities by providing extra materials or experiences related to the academic curriculum. Mini-Grant criteria require projects to be closely aligned with North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study. Mini-Grants are awarded to teachers who propose innovative and educational projects with realistic goals, direct benefit to students and a reasonable budget.
Mrs. Kinney’s students have been challenged to investigate multiple American perspectives of World War I and to tell entertaining yet educational stories that will capture the attention of young readers. Books will be on display at Valley Academy’s Spring Exhibition which will be held Thursday, April 27 from 5:30-7 PM on campus.