• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/15/2013
  • Club Name: Kingsport
  • Project Name: Individualized Education for Today's Individual
  • Project Total Expenditures: $6,100.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $1,500.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: This project falls into the focus area of basic education and literacy and will support the purpose of Cora Cox Academy, which is to provide a comprehensive education to all students enrolled at the school. The first step of this project is to purchase at least ten laptops in order to begin the implementation of blended learning strategies into the classrooms for the subjects of English, science, and social studies. Each laptop will cost approximately $610 and Cora Cox Academy is respectfully requesting $3000 in funding from the Rotary Foundation Future Vision Grant, while the remaining cost of $3100 will be funded from the school’s annual budget. Blended learning refers to a method of teaching where students from multiple grades will come together in one classroom for a particular subject (English, science, or social studies) and have access to individual computer-based learning, one-on-one instruction, and focused small group instruction. Blended learning strategies have been shown to be extremely effective with all students, especially students who struggle with motivation and achievement (Graham, 2004; Graham, Allen, & Ure, 2005). This project will also utilize these laptops to support the success of graduating students by giving them additional access to online resources in order to complete career interest inventories, register for the ACT, apply for jobs and to colleges, and develop a cover letter and resume. The new laptops will also increase the opportunity for students to stay after school in order to complete additional lessons and earn additional credits. In addition, Cora Cox Academy will use the STAR assessment program in order to evaluate the achievement level of all students during the 2013-2014 school year. Because this is an online assessment program, the new laptops will increase the availability of computers for students to complete these assessments. Completing such assessments is beneficial to the students because these results inform the administrators and faculty about the unique needs of each specific student, which in turn assists the administrators and faculty in creating an appropriate education plan for each student. An additional ongoing facet of this project is to incorporate Rotary members as sources of positive influence and mentorship, which is discussed below.
    Graham, C. R. (2004). Blended learning systems: Definition, current trends, and future directions. In C. J. Bonk & C. R. Graham (Eds.) Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspective, Local Designs. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer Publishing.
    Graham, C. R., Allen, S., and Ure, D. (2005). Benefits and challenges of blended learning environments. In M. Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (pp. 253-259). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

  • This is the Club’s: Secondary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 8/5/2013
  • Expected End Date: 5/15/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: As discussed above, the primary beneficiary of this project is the students at Cora Cox Academy. Approximately 90% of our student body qualifies for free or reduced priced school meals, the majority of our students attend Cora Cox Academy due to previous behavior issues at school, and others have a need for a nontraditional educational setting (smaller class sizes and alternative strategies). Most of our students have experienced repeated academic failures in the traditional educational setting. We cannot simply continue to provide them with more of the same. Our students need and deserve an opportunity to experience academic success through education that is differentiated to meet them where they are while supporting and challenging them to reach their unrealized potential. Implementation of blended learning strategies and additional assessment methods will also benefit the administrators and faculty by giving them additional information, which will in turn, benefit the students. These benefits are short-term while each student is enrolled at Cora Cox Academy, but are also long-term as these benefits will be seen throughout the community when these well-educated and well-prepared students enter the workforce and larger society. Additionally, this project will benefit Cora Cox Academy in the future by improving the success of the school, which will increase the likelihood of increased future funding and support. This effect will be self-perpetuating, as additional funding and support will provide even more opportunities to improve the learning environment and instructional methods. This project will also benefit the Rotary Club of Kingsport by providing Rotary members the opportunity to become a visible, positive presence within the school and encourage students to get involved with the Rotary Club and the community.

  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): While Rotary members will not be able to participate directly in student instruction, this project does incorporate a number of opportunities for Rotary members to become involved with the students of Cora Cox Academy. The first opportunity will be to establish partnerships with students at the beginning of the school year when the purchased laptops will be formally presented by Rotary members to the school. Immediately after this presentation, Rotary members will be invited into the classrooms to share with students the mission and vision of Rotary International and how the students can get involved. Throughout the year, Rotary members will be encouraged to visit the school and assist students with utilizing the laptops for various computer-based tasks, such as career interest inventories, ACT registration, job and college applications, and creating cover letters and resumes. During these school visits, Rotary members will have the opportunity to form positive mentoring relationships with students. Several times throughout the year, Rotary members will also be invited to speak to the college and career readiness classes to provide additional information and support in regard to making long-term plans for after high school. Additionally, the Rotary Club of Kingsport will be invited to continue this positive relationship with Cora Cox Academy with the existing bi-weekly community service program by connecting students with additional community service opportunities.

  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Rotary members would formally present the laptops to the school. Local media representatives would be invited to the presentation “ceremony”. This Rotary sponsored project would also be publicized on our school website ( http://kingsport.cca.schoolfusion.us/ ), in our school newsletter, and in a press release.

  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Cora Cox Academy
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Rotary Grant Letter of Participation - Cora Cox Academy.doc
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadAll received grant funds would be used to purchase laptop computers for student instructional use.
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadProject Cost-$6100.00
    Reuested Collobrative Grant- $3000.00 (Kingsport Rotary & matching District funding)
    School Budget -$3100.00
  • Primary Contact Name: Jane Crawford
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position:  Grants Chairman
  • Primary Contact Email: ableprinter@yahoo.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-378-2185
  • Financial Contact Name: Justin Lester
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer of Kingsport Rotary
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    4105 Fort Henry Dr
    Suite 305
    Kingsport, TN 37663 View on Map
  • Financial Contact Email: hoosh1030@yahoo.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-747-8507 423-239-7535
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterAuthorization of Support.pdf