The Network’s School and Youth Committee is proud to announce the recipients of its 2018–2019 micro-grants. The Committee is grateful for the 12 applications received from all five Winchester elementary schools and McCall Middle School, as well as Dr. Jennifer Elineema, assistant superintendent of schools, for her guidance with this competitive grant selection process. The micro-grant request for proposals (RFP) was disseminated in late August. These micro-grants are intended to advance the Network’s mission of promoting the recognition, understanding, and appreciation of diversity; advocating for each and every person’s civil rights; and confronting intolerance, with the net result of building an inclusive community.

Muraco School: Grade 5 Field Trip to Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, MA

This award will afford 5th graders at Muraco the opportunity to take part in an on-site educational program focusing on several new social studies topics, including slavery in the northern colonies, the economics of the slave trade, the lives of enslaved Africans in the Massachusetts colony, and the cumulative effects of slavery on culture. Students will take part in the programs “Belinda’s Footsteps: Sugar, Slavery and Survival” and “Parallel Lives: Life and Work on a Northern Plantation,” both of which will familiarize students with the multi-facets of slavery in colonial America and introduce them to the complex issues of race, identify, slavery and freedom.

Lynch School: Leveled Books for students who are English Language Learners

This award will allow the Lynch School to purchase books reflective of the cultural identities of their students in the English Language Learners program. This is important so that students can see themselves reflected in the books that they are reading during readers’ workshop. One book, A Different Pond by Bao Phi, tells the story of a Vietnamese father and son who fish for food, instead of for recreation like other kids.

Vinson-Owen School: 4th grade books for Social Studies & Science curriculum

This award will allow Vinson-Owen 4th grade teachers to purchase the book, Our Changing Nation, highlighting Native American perspectives and experiences. This will enhance the curriculum, which examines landforms and the regions of the United States through the eyes of the American Indians who have lived there.

Lincoln School: Books for Reading Specialists

This award will allow reading specialists from Lincoln to purchase books that focus on multiculturalism and diversity. One book, Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman, is instructive for gender issues and demonstrates acceptance toward kids who do not dress according to gender norms.

Please join us in congratulating all of this year’s micro-grant recipients. We feel very fortunate to have disseminated almost $3,000 as part of this year’s micro-grant funding cycle. If you are interested in learning more about our grant process or making a gift to expand next year’s grant funding, please contact the Network office.