Grant Projects


2015-2016 Grants

posted Mar 17, 2016, 1:34 PM by Alexandria Township Education Foundation   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 7:36 PM ]

Red Mill and Hunterdon Art Museum
This is a photo taken of the 5th grade trip to Clinton through a grant submitted by the Team 5 teachers and approved through the ATEF. The students had an amazing day at the Red Mill and Hunterdon Art Museum. They had so much fun learning about the local history of the mill and also exploring the grounds. At the Art Museum, the students were able to view an artist's showcase which featured encaustic art which originated in Ancient Egypt. The students were also able to carve their names and nationalities into clay arches that will be fired and hopefully added to the other 1,000+ arches that comprise the threads of the exhibit.

A Starry Night
A Starry Night event was planned for the 7th grade to show the Alexandria community what they learned from their Astronomy Unit in science.  Alexandria families from Pre-K to 8th grade were invited to the after school event.  The New Jersey Astronomers Association and the Amateur Astronomy Club were also invited to share their expertise of the constellations, bring extra telescopes, and show the students a wide variety of experiences outside of the classroom.  With such telescopes, students could see the craters of the Moon, solar flares of the Sun, the rings on Saturn, the spots on Jupiter, nebulas light years away, and thousands of other astronomical objects in the sky.

Fairview Shutterfly books for 7th Graders
Students applied their knowledge accrued at the Fairview trip by creating a cross circular Shutterfly book which includes research, facts and stories to make connections to concepts being learned in the classroom in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies.

Woodlands Education Program for 2nd Graders The goal of the Woodlands education program is to “foster an appreciation and understanding of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats.  Science based programs have been designed to promote coexistence among people, wildlife and the environment.”


Science:  Structure, Function & Information Processing for 1st Graders – Eyes of the Wild
educational assembly program on animals and how animal parents communicate with their offspring


School Beautification by AMS Students & Staff Plexiglas encasements to protect murals created by the AMS Art Students.  Benefits of the beautification project is to promote the visual art program


School Garden – recurring costs in support of continued maintenance of the garden at Lester D. Wilson

2014-2015 Grant Projects Awarded

posted Apr 27, 2015, 9:51 AM by Alexandria Township Education Foundation   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 10:27 AM ]

Author Visit - Felicia Chernesky
Felicia Sanzari Chernesky is a new picture book author, longtime editor, and lifelong student of poetry. Visit her online at
Keyboard Lab

Grant approved for 15 new keyboards.  The Keyboard Lab is used every day by all AMS students.  All 4th-5th grade students will be learning how to play the keyboards in music class.  6-8th grade music major and minor students will also be using the keyboards throughout the school year.  This project benefits every music student at AMS.


Portable Cushioned, Non-slip Dance Floor


The Alexandria Township Schools Dance Department requested the purchase of a portable, cushioned, non-slip, vinyl dance floor.  The floor will be used to protect our dancers from injury, making the LDW dance space safe for daily class and the AMS cafeteria space safe for performance. 



The Human Body-A Franklin Institute Assembly
Assembly for 2nd and 3rd Grades where they observed demonstrations of other ways the body functions such as the skeleton and muscular systems.
Cloud in a Bottle

Hands-on experiments about the water cycle.

Jolts & Volts
Students discover the shocking properties of electrical engineering.
Polymers & Math
Students do hands-on experiments, tests & gather data. 
Fun about water and color 
Sensory Experiences

Providing Preschool children with sensory play experiences is very important for helping them learn about their world.  This grant provided for sensory materials which help children talk about their experience and connect what they are learning to a better understanding of their environment and fosters development of fine and gross motor ability, pre-academic skills and problem solving.





Book Club


The 3-BE Book Club is a voluntary group that will meet once a week at lunch.  It is a teacher led group focused on developing a love for reading and discussing literature.  It will teach 3rd grade students how to read literature analytically and also to discuss varying viewpoints thoughtfully and respectfully.



Smartmusic for Smart bands
Smartmusic is an ideal practice tool for band students.  It is an interactive application in which students can select and perform music from a varied library of music and record their practice session and receive immediate feedback on their performance.



2013-2014 Grant Projects Awarded

posted Feb 18, 2013, 6:24 PM by Alexandria Township Education Foundation   [ updated Oct 9, 2014, 8:08 PM ]

Hunterdon County: Then & Now
2014 marks the 300th birthday of Hunterdon County.  In honor of our beautiful county's birthday, the students took a trip to the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ.  Students traveled back in time as they experienced a one-room school house, a log cabin, and life in the 1800s.  After experiencing life in the 1800s, the students had the opportunity to gain an artistic perspective of the Red Mill as they traveled across the river to the Hunterdon Art Museum.  Students sketched the Red Mill, toured the Art Museum, visited the Darren McManus exhibit which connects Art and Math/Science and participated in a hands on art workshop.                                   
Sound System for AMS Music Program
 Performance is key to a successful Performing Arts experience at AMS.  An optimum system is necessary for the students to clearly and audibly present their performance.  This grant provided a new sound system to be used by all the Instrumental, Choral and General Music classes.
Colonial Alexandria
The Future of Art

HUGGS School Garden at LDW:  The purpose of our school organic and native plant garden, is to provide an inviting, engaging, instructive, outdoor classroom for the educational pleasure of our students.  Specifically, the garden will provide a living laboratory for hands-on learning experiences across the curriculum, to teach children about healthy food choices and growing food, to provide meaningful outdoor activity and to foster a generation of individuals who cherish the earth and the gifts it provides us.
Fairview Digital Yearbook
Weather Tour by John Marshall, Meteorologist


This grant supplied the AMS Dance Team with performance costumes and jazz, tap and ballet footwear.   The AMS DanceTeam will perform choreographed dances at half time
   during home basketball games this year.
The STEM Museum Program turns a gymnasium or multi-purpose room into a state-of-the-art hands on children's museum focused on STEM education.  With activities for all ages, you'll find workstations to not only augment science and math curriculum, but expose your students to high-tech fields of study they never had access to.
The Franklin Institute traveling science show
called "Water, Water, Water' is for preschool children.  Learners will describe the basic needs of living things and investigate the properties of water. All students do hands-on activities with water to discover and experience the propeties of cohesion and adhesion.



SmartMusic is an ideal practice tool for band students.  It is an interactive application in which students can select and perform music from a varied library of music and record their practice session and receive immediate feedback on their performance.
Shakespeare Live! 

The educational touring wing of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Shakespeare LIVE! has performed for nearly 500,000 students in New Jersey, New York and beyond. Since its inception in 1997, its abridged productions have been hailed as innovative, visually stunning and accessible to students. Despite the abbreviated length of each play, LIVE! prides itself on keeping Shakespeare's language intact. The professionally-acted and directed productions are dynamic and appealing, exciting and engaging, witty and imaginative—giving students of all ages the opportunity to experience Shakespeare's works as the playwright intended—in performance.


The Reptile Discovery program provides an opportunity for audiences to meet, learn about and enjoy members of the reptile family from all over the world. Their natural history, geography and conservation are presented in a manner that students can enjoy and understand. The importance of reptiles in nature is emphasized and their impact on the lives of people is discussed. The effects of snakebite, snakebite prevention and first-aid are also presented.

Kindles for the AMS Boy Book Club

The AMS All-Boys Club will aid in fostering a new constructive associations between our developing males and the act of reading.  Our goal is to instill, propagate and nurture a lifelong love of reading, especially reading that extends and promotes self-directed learning.










Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

All LDW students will attend a program at RVCC to see a performance featuring stories by Eric Carle.
























The Arithmetickles Program is a math game show assembly for studentswith 100% Audience participation.  Hilarious theatre games with mystry, puzzles and problem solving where the students are the stars of the show

















2012-2013 Grant Projects Awarded

posted May 7, 2012, 8:02 PM by Alexandria Township Education Foundation   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 6:56 PM ]



LDW Digital Yearbook  This grant was used to produce a "Digital Yearbook" of memories for each student.  The DVD was distributed to each family at LDW which consisted of pictures and videos of all the different events and programs held at LDW.
Swift Visiting Farm  This grant provided an opportunity for the preschoolers, kindergarten and MD children to learn first hand about farm animals.  The Swift Visiting Farm brought sheep, rabbits, ducks and other animals.  The children were able to touch the animals, smell them, and hear their sounds, while learning about them.
 Lego Car Design Grant. 
The All About Learning Co. staff will visit our second and third graders to give a hands on exploration experience using Legos.  The students will use engineering techniques to create a battery operated race car.  They will learn how to make joint decisions, follow plans, and test their models.
High Fives & A Big Heart.
This grant will help fund the publishing and distribution of the book High Fives & a Big Heart. Written and illustrated by his fourth grade classmates, High Fives
and A Big Heart
, clearly demonstrates that Jeffrey’s classmates see him as a friend, not a kid with a disability. After it’s publication, High Fives and A Big Heart will be another incredible tool for teachers and parents to help facilitate greater acceptance of all individuals and their inclusion in our schools and communities.

Service Project - Active Citizen.
 This request is from the third grade team for the purchase of material to be used to make 15 fleece blankets.  Those blankets will be donated to an organization which supports the homeless.  What a great learning experience for the children!

Observing and Helping the Lives of our Feathered Friends.
 This grant request is from for purchasing materials that will be used by the Kindergarten to observe and learn about NJ birds. The program will be repeated next year as well.  
LDW School Wide Safari Expedition:
 This grant provides the ability for all the LDW students, staff and chaperone's to visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo.  

Consumables - Cooking/Art/Sensory.  This grant will fund supplies to be used by Pre-School students to help them in their learning.

2011 Grant Projects Awarded

posted Dec 27, 2011, 6:57 PM by Alexandria Township Education Foundation   [ updated May 7, 2012, 8:28 PM ]

Brain Pop, Jr. is a wonderful website resource that can be used to disseminate information that is curriculum based and up to date. It allows children to play games that practice their academic skills in a fun and engaging way, to enhance the curriculum standards, on both sfudent computers within the classroom and on the SmartBoard.

The Missing Piece:  Using puppets, this anti-bullying show deals with theoot causes of bullying and addresses children's fears relating to it.  This assembly will coincide during the "Week of Respect".

Handicap Awareness:  This request is for the purchase of various supplies that will be used to teach the children what it is like to have a handicap.

Grant Projects Awarded During the 2010-2011 School Year

posted Jul 30, 2011, 8:39 PM by Alexandria Township Education Foundation   [ updated Jan 2, 2012, 7:42 PM ]

The Alexandria Township Education Foundation awarded more than $19,000 in grants for the schools of Alexandria Township during the 2010-2011 school year.

The Poems and Pictures grant project exhibited our children's art and poetry at the Alexandria Historical Society Prevost House.  This brings our student's Art out into the Alexandria community for all to see. The exhibit also included an  Artist's reception & poetry reading for the artists, families, and community at large.

With the Strange World of Reptiles grant project,
Snakes-N-Scales presented an educational fun, "hands-on" experience on reptiles to the preschool children.  Each class had a half hour opportunity to learn about assorted reptiles, including an alligator.



The Danny & Kim Alderman Author, Artist & Musician Visit combines writing, music and art for the children of Lester D.Wilson Elementary school. Together with his wife Kim, they make up the writing team of Kin Eagle.  This grant project engaged all students to be enthusiastic about reading and literacy.  Al three aspects of the Alderman's presentation play a significant role in engaging children towards literacy.
Dar Hosta is an international award winning Artist, Writer, and Publisher of
Children's Picture books. This grant provides our children with an assembly 
that highlights the authoring process. How she gets her ideas and turns
them into a book. She is uniquely poised to share this process because she is author,
illustrator and publisher of her books. In addition to the assembly program, Dar worked
with each class to create a mural. Each class in grades K-3 collaborated
on a theme that is based upon their grade-level curriculum. Ms. Hosta, along with
Mrs. Accumanno worked with each class to take their idea from concept to reality.
The end result of the assembly program was 12 murals produced by the

The Hunterdon County Arboretum did an school field trip to enrich our plant unit by exploring the plants in our school environment.
With the Step 2 Greatness: Linking Pedometers to Math Class grant, students were able to use pedometers to accomplish engaging activities using math and their observation skills. Pedometer activities bring real world problem solving into the math class all while promoting health and physical activity.


The Good Vibrations grant was for a new vibraphone for the music
department in AMS.  It often plays a featured role, and in the concert band,
as a standard component oft he percussion section.  Learning to play the vibraphone is an exciting challenge for all music students. The instrument's classic looks, rich tradition and beautiful sound make it a great choice for
anyone interested in exploring jazz or classical music in a group or as a soloist. The mechanics of the instrument cause the resonating tubes to open and close at varying speeds, controlled by the player, which results in the creation of a tremolo effect. This is something distinctive to the vibraphone and is the reason for its name. Even though they are expensive to own, they are easy to understand and fun to practice playing, making the vibraphone a wonderful addition to the music program at AMS.


The Project China grant engaged the students in a cross-curricular 
project about the country of China, its history and the traditions of the
people. An actual dragon from China that is used in the celebration
of the New Year was included. The 5th and 6th grade students presented
Chinese dramatic play during core classes. Authentic costumes
were worn; all scenery, decorations, and posters were created following
Chinese designs, calligraphy, and colors.

The Lanape Indian Assembly grant was for an assembly dedicated to learning about
traditional Lenape Indian life.  This hands on program details traditional Lenape life
in the EasternWoodlands homeland by focusing on everyday village activities and the
roles of men, women and children within the family and community. Drawings and
photographs show how the Lenape dressed, built shelters, grew crops, fished,
hunted, cooked, made tools and weapons. All programs are curriculum-based and
contain a slide presentation,stories and many touchable objects and artifacts,
including authentic clothing, tools, musical instruments, artwork, masks and games.



Bananas is a 45-minute puppet presentation by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre.  The objectives are to encourage eating in a healthy manner, i.e. eating a variety of food, including fruits, grains and vegetables, and drinking more water for energy; encourage physical activity including running, playing skipping and jumping; have regular doctor visits for check ups and shots and have a fun educational experience with puppetry.
The Physical Education Department at AMS wanted to start a racquet sport unit. The addition of table tennis and pickle ball equipment
allowed racquet sport skills and strategies to be taught to the students
of AMS. Beside Physical Education, the table tennis equipment is part of the International Games enrichment class.


Margie Palatini Author Visit. The fourth grade did an author study with Margie
Palatini as their focus in order to enhance the curriculum as well as to
meet specific objectives set forth in the N.J.C.C.C.S.



The Consumable Activities grant was used to fund different foods 
used to help the preschoolers in their
The Honoring our Past grant was sponsored by the 7th and 8th grade social

studies teachers and supported
other teachers. This grant was aimed at
honoring and learning about those who have given their lives defending our
country.  An outdoor war memorial was constructed on the front lawn
of AMS with walkways between the war sections to allow visitors to walk and
This grant was for a portable, wireless sound system for Kindergarten. 

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