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Greenwood Forest Elementary Awarded $2,430 for ‘Five Minute Challenge’ Grant

Greenwood Forest Elementary Awarded $2,430 for ‘Five Minute Challenge’ Grant

Greenwood Forest Elementary received a generous $2,430 grant to strengthen their students’ problem-solving and social skills in a fun and interactive quick challenge format. This grant was generously sponsored by RBC Capital Markets.

During a surprise visit by the Klein ISD Education Foundation Celebration Express, the school was awarded the grant by foundation directors, community members, and Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown. School staff were overjoyed as dozens of foundation supporters climbed out of their school bus and delivered large checks to grant recipients. 

Capitalizing on time spent waiting in lines for the restrooms is the inspiration behind the “Five Minute Challenge.” The project involves purchasing two large televisions and placing them in the hallways near the restrooms. Math and Science word problems that can be solved in no more than five minutes will be displayed on the televisions while students are waiting for classmates during restroom breaks. Each television will project grade level-appropriate content that will engage the students and help close achievement gaps by giving them an extra opportunity to problem-solve during what is typically an idle time. 

This project will provide a unique way to encourage students to use social skills as they interact with their peers to solve the problems. This project is estimated to impact 750 students.

“We are overjoyed to award this grant to Greenwood Forest Elementary which will help students strengthen their social skills while brushing up on their problem solving at the same time,” Klein Education Foundation Director Christy Spisak said.

This spring, the Celebration Express delivered grants totaling $52,536 to bring education to life for our learners. From a collaborative student-run art gallery to a virtual bilingual library, our Spring 2022 grant recipients are innovative, engaging, and inspirational. 

Thank you so much to all our grant sponsors who made all this possible. Your giving contribution will help further the educational experience of every Klein ISD student. 

The Klein ISD Education Foundation accepts grant applications twice a year to encourage, facilitate, and recognize creative projects that lead to academic achievement for our Klein ISD students. 

For a full recap of the day, please read our overview article here.


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