We are very excited to announce that our quarterly Forward Thinking Grant has been awarded to the Third Grade Team at Northwest Elementary School! We have awarded them $1,500.00 to help fund a Google Expeditions Kit in order to utilize the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program will allow the students to virtually visit over 200 locations worldwide, as well as colleges, universities, and even experience a variety of careers. This kit consists of a device for the students to experience the Expeditions software simultaneously as a group. According to Paul Smith, a teacher at Northwest Elementary School, students will have opportunities to visit and explore places like The White House, The Great Wall of China, The Great Barrier Reef, Mars, and hundreds of other places. Students can also visit and learn about new careers as part of the program. They can learn what it’s like to be a veterinarian, engineer, or many other careers. Smith is excited to bring this opportunity to the third grade students. “These experiences allow our students to explore places outside of the Jackson area. Many of our students have never had the opportunity to visit places outside of our town, state, or country. Imagine students being able to visit the Grand Canyon in the morning and Buckingham Palace in the afternoon,” said Smith.
Students using Google Expeditions, via a cardboard viewer and a smartphone, at Bronx Latin High School in New York. Photo Credit to NY Times.
The school has already raised $1,146.00 from their fundraising efforts. The teachers and students of Northwest Elementary School will continue to work hard in raising money for this program. With the help from the Forward Thinking Grant, they are closer to reaching their goal of providing immersive experiences to their students. “Being able to travel together as a classroom group to experience, discuss, and explore our curriculum would be the most beneficial to our students,” said Smith.
The Forward Thinking Grant awards quarterly. The amount disbursed per request is flexible and will be dependent upon the individual request, the number of requests overall, and the funds available. More information and the application are available at our website, www.micommunitycu.com.
Michigan Community Credit Union employee Jessica Webb (left side of check) presents the check for $1,500.00 to the third grade teachers and students of Northwest Elementary School.