Goochland County Public Schools is thrilled to have been chosen to receive an Engaging Creative Thinkers grant from Partners in the Arts (PIA), an affiliate of the University of Richmond. Goochland was one of only two divisions from the region selected for the full funding level ($5,000) and received the highest rating of all of the applications that fit PIA’s “Emerging” category.
The grant application and corresponding student learning project was developed by Ms. Happy Krickovic, Ms. Amanda Tolson, Ms. Michele Hope, and Mr. Glenn Hecker from Goochland Middle School in partnership with Ms. Patti Rosner, a Goochland resident and accomplished artist. The team’s grant proposal establishes a multi-year, learner-directed project for seventh- and eighth-grade students, one that strengthens civics, English and science skills through research, application, and the arts in the exploration of Thomas Jefferson’s early life in Goochland County.
In addition to the project funding awarded by Partners in the Arts, Goochland Middle School team members will have the opportunity to attend the Joan Oates Institute this summer at no cost to the school division ($650/participant). The 5-day institute prepares individuals and teams of PreK-12 teachers of all subject areas to develop lesson and unit plans for integrating the arts into their classrooms; the PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers awards support the implementation of these integrated instructional project.