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January 16, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Foundation Board of Directors recently approved grant applications from three area school organizations: Medlock Bridge Elementary Foundation, River Trail Middle School PTA and Taylor Road Middle School PTA.

** The Medlock Bridge Elementary Foundation has a primary mission to secure donations for capital improvements at the school. Working closely with the school and the PTA, the school’s foundation requested grant funds to assist in upgrading the production studio equipment in the media center.

The award-winning media center will continue to provide teachers the ability to assist students in creating multimedia presentations and to provide an avenue to expose students to new technologies.

** River Trail Middle School PTA has a vision and goal to work collaboratively with the school to improve student achievement and create an atmosphere where families are encouraged to be involved with their child’s learning.

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This PTA, while having many fundraising events, requested additional support to provide technology across more grade levels and classrooms to increase the level of engagement in learning.

Its iPad project was the answer. Teachers can use content-specific apps to create problem-based learning opportunities to develop and stimulate the analytical skills needed in the world today.

** Taylor Road Middle School PTA understood the need of the school and teachers to differentiate instruction in the class and provide for increased technology use by the students.

Through a workshop conducted with the faculty, their project has a two-prong initiative: to increase student use of technology in the classroom and to implement and use differentiated instruction. The grant approval will help fund the purchase of cameras, projectors and software programs to carry out this initiative.

“The Johns Creek Foundation grant program continues to extend the opportunities to expand student learning and achievement. As a supporter and through a common vision of excellence in education, the Johns Creek Foundation Board is honored to be a part of the grant winners’ exemplary efforts to promote all levels of educational opportunities. Congratulations to our recipient winners,” said Randee Nagler, retired Fulton County area superintendent and former board member of the Johns Creek Foundation.

The Johns Creek Foundation goal is to promote excellence in the quality of life for the citizens and business of Johns Creek by encouraging and directing financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational and cultural growth, and strengthen its unique community identity and spirit.

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