Programs Earn Toshiba America Foundation Grants

CVESD Proud Recipient of Toshiba America Foundation Grants
Posted on 01/25/2019
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The Board of Education formally received Toshiba America Foundation grant checks for Mae L. Feaster Charter School and the Coastal Education Program led by District Resource Teacher Karen Quirós at its January 23 meeting.


The Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) was established in 1990 with support from Toshiba Corporation and the Toshiba America Group Companies. TAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping classroom teachers make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning exciting, impactful, and collaborative for U.S. students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. TAF provides grants to support STEM efforts in public and nonprofit private schools throughout the United States.


At the end of last year, two applications for TAF funding, one from Mae L. Feaster Charter and one from District Resource Teacher Karen Quirós, were selected to receive grant funds of $1,000 each. Quirós is the Science Resource Teacher leading the Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast Discovery Center.


“Hands-on, innovative learning opportunities play an important role in student success throughout the Chula Vista Elementary School District. That proven approach to education is highlighted by our Coastal Education Program at the Living Coast Discovery Center and onsite weather station at Feaster Charter,” said CVESD Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D. “We thank Toshiba America Foundation for its generous support of these programs and for the difference these grant funds will make in the scientific exploration of thousands of students each year.”


Feaster Charter will use the grant monies for construction of an onsite weather station in the school’s newly renovated garden area known as “Feaster Farm.” The construction will include development of a chicken coop and tilapia farm, which will be used for academic purposes as well as to assist with lessons on healthy eating and nutrition.


Mrs. Quirós will use grant funds for purchasing a Ken-a-Vision Flex Camera and 20 binoculars. These devices will be of great assistance when Mrs. Quirós teaches Coastal Education Program lessons, which are based at The Living Coast Discovery Center. Since opening in 1987, Living Coast and the District have partnered to provide standards-based, hands-on science classes to students in Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 8. Approximately 6,000 local students participate in this District educational program every year.


Toshiba Business Solutions Vice President and General Manager Charlie Sinnen spoke briefly about STEM efforts by Feaster Charter and Mrs. Quirós and presented them with TAF grant checks at the January Board meeting.

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