DANVILLE — Donations and grants will allow a Project Lead the Way program to be piloted in four Danville elementary schools this coming school year.
Bob Richard, executive director of the Danville Public School Foundation, said the generosity of several community partners made it possible for the foundation to assist Danville School District 118 in funding a pilot initiative, called Launch Project Lead the Way, in four elementary schools.
Iroquois Federal Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the school foundation to help with the project. Other partners include an anonymous donation, a $5,000 award from the DART Foundation and a $2,500 grant from Old National Bank Foundation.
Project Lead the Way is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality professional development for teachers and outstanding partnerships, Project Lead the Way helps students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
District 118 already has established Project Lead the Way initiatives at Danville High School and North Ridge and South View middle schools. During the next school year, the district will pilot Project Lead the Way in four elementary schools: in fifth grade at Cannon Elementary School, fourth grade at Garfield Elementary School, fifth grade at Meade Park Elementary School and first and second grades at Southwest Elementary School.
A staff member has been selected at each of the four schools to help pilot the program. Besides donations and grants, the Title I grant will cover supplies, materials, training and additional needs to implement the program that will enhance students’ skills in math, reading and science. The district also purchased iPads for each classroom involved in the program.
The project-based aspects of Project Lead the Way’s curriculum give students a chance to apply what they know, identify a problem, find unique solutions and lead their own learning, rather than be passive recipients of information in a question-and-answer, right-or-wrong learning environment. When students understand how their education is relevant to their lives and future careers, they get excited and that is why Project Lead the Way students are successful.