REA Innovative Spaces Grants at Work!
REA is thrilled to support our teachers through a $1,000 Innovative Spaces Learning Grant to grow their classrooms into inventive rooms for learning.
Second Grade Crew
"I got this vision in my mind about a cozy meeting area, surrounded by low shelves filled with a neatly organized classroom library. In my vision, the shelves were topped by plants and there was this beautiful aquarium. There were window boxes with flowers too! Thanks to the REA money, I have been able to take a basically empty classroom and turn it into a warm, inviting learning environment! Every part of my original dream has come to fruition."
Ms. Diana's Library
"Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as as an archive of recorded knowledge. Today, with the digitization of content and the ubiquity of the internet, information is no longer confined to printed materials accessible only in a single, physical location. School libraries are being transformed into dynamic learning commons areas, anchoring the entire school around knowledge, expression and collaboration, and developing both virtual and physical spaces. Renaissance is undergoing this transformation. I used monies to create learning areas within the library, including a more cozy, conversational area for kids and teachers to read, converse and collaborate."
Ms. Mary Beth's
First Grade Crew
"I asked the children what they wanted for our room. They first wanted a 'comfy reading nook' with pillows and bean bags. This is now set up and they love it! They also asked for a better work area for our create center. We are getting a new kidney shaped table that is at their kneeling level for them to work on. As well, they wanted more building materials. We settled on Magna Tiles which they experimented with when we did service work at the preschool. I needed to get rid of the cumbersome teacher desk which took up too much space. I was able to purchase a new standing desk for my work space which is healthier for me to work at and helps to keep my piles organized!"
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