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Westside Teachers Awarded Innovation In Education Grants

Two Westside Community Schools educators have been awarded thousands of dollars in grants as part of the Cox Charities: Innovation in Education program.

Cox Charities chose 5 metro area schools to receive funding for 2017. Two Westside teachers, Jenny Henningsen at Prairie Lane Elementary and Matt Bova at Westside Middle School, were selected.

Henningsen, Excellence in Youth Coordinator for Prairie Lane, Paddock Road, Rockbrook and Swanson Elementary schools, will use the money to purchase Bitsbox app development lessons for students in grades K-6. Young coders at Prairie Lane will use a simplified version of Java to create colorful working apps in minutes. As students progress, they learn how to modify the existing code to personalize the app, and eventually, learn to create apps from scratch. CLICK HERE to learn more!

“I was super excited to get this grant because Lynn Spady (Westside Excellence in Youth Director) has been purchasing Bitsbox using her own money for several years,” said Henningsen. “This is a program that the kids adore, and thanks to Cox we are able to share this with our kids.”

Matt Bova, Engineering and Technology teacher at Westside Middle School, also received a grant from Cox Charities. He will use the money to purchase the X-Carve CNC Router, technology allowing students to design parts on their computers and precisely cut them out of a wide range of materials.

“[This will allow us] to implement Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Technology into our Engineering and Technology curriculum at the middle school,” said Bova. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Our thanks to Cox Communications and Cox Charities for making these opportunities available for our teachers and Westside learners!


ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )
MIDDLE SCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:15 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:44 )
HIGHSCHOOL | Start 8:00 - Dismiss 3:10 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 2:50 )