OJREF works to enhance the Owen J. Roberts School District’s potential to become a world-class school district by helping to bring innovative programs to the classroom that will afford students the skills and tools necessary to compete in the ever-changing, fast-paced global environment.
OJREF works to enhance the Owen J. Roberts School District’s potential to become a world class school district by helping to bring innovative programs to the classroom that will afford students the skills and tools necessary to compete in the ever-changing, fast paced global environment.
The Foundation, in collaboration with our community, will support the Owen J. Roberts School District to champion superior performance, distinctive impact, and lasting endurance to inspire each student for success today and greatness tomorrow.
Funding for programs, materials, and scholarships has been provided by the donors of the Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation. Some of the programs are listed below.
The lap desks were excellent and exceeded my expectations. They were perfect for students who wanted to move around the room and did not want to be stuck sitting in a traditional desk/seating arrangement. I greatly appreciate the grant as it allowed me to start adding flexible seating into my secondary classroom.Amber Reifneider (OJR Middle School Teacher)Received a mini-grant for the purchase of 10 portable laptop desks
The Wobble chairs that I received from the grant have allowed my students the opportunity to incorporate movement into our everyday learning. When my students wobble while reading and writing instruction they display more focus. I have found that their attention span has increased greatly as well. My students know that the chairs offer them opportunities to make their brains “stronger” and when they are using them during instructional time they are completely committed to learning! I have had tremendous success using the chairs in my classroom, and I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity in my classroom.Jennifer Snow (West Vincent Elementary Kindergarten Teacher)Received a mini-grant for the purchase of wobble chairs
The books and materials purchased with the grant funding allowed me to develop many exciting games, lessons, strategies, and activities. My students and I had a truly incredible year. Amazing things happened in this classroom, and I am so proud of the community we built together.Michelle Johnson (West Vincent Teacher) Received a mini-grant to purchase supplies for learning activities that support social-emotional learning, student development, and community building
ELA classes utilize the courtyard for writing prompts and 7th grade science classes use the courtyard in the Spring in correlation with Ecology units. The Envirothon club uses the courtyard to prepare for their Envirothon competition.Shane Neiffer (MS Teacher) Received a mini-grant to restore the David Jarvie Memorial Courtyard
I observed students collaborating, discussing, and pushing each other’s thinking as they analyzed the books they were reading and comparing and contrasting them to the books other groups were reading. We also saw a huge increase in our reading CDT scores – evidence that our author study was a success.Kelly Beaver (North Coventry Elementary Teacher) Received a mini-grant to purchase Jack Gantos books to be used for an author study for 6th grade
The ukulele unit was so successful that it has become an official part of our 5th grade curriculum. Music teachers in all five buildings will now have a classroom set of ukuleles.Jen Rowley (French Creek Elementary Music Teacher) Received a mini-grant to purchase ukuleles