Craftworkers’ Guild awards grants to local teachers

Steve Lebel accepts a grant from The Craftworkers’ Guild.

Four teachers in the Bedford schools have been awarded grants from The Craftworkers’ Guild to support arts and crafts education in their classrooms.

Kathy Parker, an enrichment teacher at Riddle Brook School, has been awarded a $500 grant to create a Maker Space Station. This will be a mobile station that will be stocked with high and low tech tools to support learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) based projects.

Steve Lebel, a third grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School, received a $500 grant for his STEAM focused proposal to create a Young Engineers Club program for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Students will learn the engineering design process while participating in one of two projects. Club members in kindergarten through second grade will be creating a kinetic sculpture to display their school mascot while members in third and fourth grade will be building functioning chairs made of cardboard.

At McKelvie Middle School, Michael Flint’s art students will use a $500 grant to “explore the craft of screen printing and get a taste of how arts and crafts connect to the broader world.” Projects will include both posters and T-shirts for upcoming school events.

Katherine Lemear, a behavioral specialist at McKelvie, will use a $200 grant to buy art materials for creative expression sessions to assist students identified by their teachers as needing additional support.

The Craftworkers’ Guild awards grants annually to teachers in the Bedford school district as part of it’s commitment to serve the community. These grants seek to support and encourage the integration of arts into the curriculum. Funding for these grants is derived from the proceeds of the Craftworkers’ Guild seasonal craft shops held at the Oliver Kendall House behind the Bedford Public Library. More information about the Craftworkers’ Guild and it’s programs may be found at www.thecraftworkersguild.org.

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