Current Grantees

AthFest Educates 2018 - 2019 Grantees

We are proud to announce the 2018 - 2019 AthFest Educates grantees. The AthFest Educates Board of Directors is thrilled to be supporting the amazing work these individuals do every day on behalf of the young people of Athens-Clarke County. To date, AthFest Educates has awarded over $370,000 in grants to support high-quality music and arts education.

Music and Arts Programs and Experiences Grants

Grantee: Blake Schneider from UGA Performing Arts Center (UGA PAC)

Award Amount: $5,000

Summary: 3,200 CCSD 2nd – 8th grade students will attend live performances at the
UGA PAC throughout the school year including: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Abridged, Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, A Simple Space (Australian acrobats),
Lady Black Mambazo (South African a cappella), and The Adventures of Alvin
Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer (high-tech puppet show). Each performance includes a
teacher study guide and student activities that align with GPS learning standards.

Grantee: Melanie Powers from Whitehead Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $4,984.26

Summary: 24 students in 4th and 5th grade will participate in an after-school band program
that runs from October –March and meets twice per week. The program is focused on
building excitement and experience in band programs. Almost all students will go to BHL
Middle school, so the program will be taught by the BHL band director, Irving Stegall.
Students will have the opportunity to play flute, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, or drums.

Grantee: Kitty Meyran from the YWCO of Athens

Award Amount: $3,280.00

Summary: In collaboration with Wooten Woopets, 45 third-grade girls will participate
in the week-long Puppetry Arts Project summer camp at the YWCO. The week begins
by attending a live performance at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Girls will then spend
the rest of the week working with Mary Wooten and her staff to create their own puppets
using a variety of materials and methods in inventive ways to make a finished work of art.
Girls will learn how to manipulate their puppets and how to create original short skits. The camp
will culminate with the girls presenting their puppets and skits to their families and fellow campers.

Grantee: Joshua Podvin and Shannon Walker from the Experience UGA Program

Award Amount: $3,101.00

Summary: 1,057 third-grade students will experience unique theater-based components
in UGA’s Fine Arts Theatre including: (1) lively interactive theatre games designed to teach
the elements of theatre architecture and design, (2) a presentation and video highlighting the varied
careers in theatre and fine arts, and (3) a puppetry arts performance. The program aims to
get students excited about pursuing an education and career in the fine arts.

Grantee: Jacqueline Shirley from the Athens YMCA

Award Amount: $875.94

Summary: 15 youth will participate in the afterschool Junior Drumming Program for 13 weeks.
The program uses drum pads, snare and bongo drums, and xylophones to teach youth
proper drumming technique, rhythm skills, and the skills needed to play in a group setting.

Grantee: Samantha Barnum and Sharon Purucker from Coile Middle School

Award Amount: $619.49

Summary: Create a Makerspace in the school’s library that enables all 6th – 8th grade students
to engage in open-ended, design-oriented, creative learning through origami, fiber arts, puppet making,
fashion designing and more. Students will work in small groups or individually to respond
to design challenges such as: convert an old textbook into a bee habitat, design a pair of shoes from
recycled materials, fold paper to create a miniature city, etc. All challenges
develop their creativity and complex problem-solving skills.

Grantee: Carlin Brownlee from Winterville Elementary School

Award Amount: $596.00

Summary: 65 fifth grade students will create a lasting legacy project for the school. Each
student will create a clay tile by hand and then paint their self-portrait on the tile. The tiles
will be mounted on wood and permanently displayed at Winterville Elementary. The project enables
the students to see themselves as public artists and understand the value of public art.

Grantee: Cara Emrath from Cleveland Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $500.00

Summary: Cleveland Road Elementary School will host a production of the Rose of Athens
theater group for 300 K - 5 students. The show, A Tour of Tiny Tales, is an hour-long show
that follows the storyline of five fairytales followed by a Q & A with the cast and crew.
Bringing the show to the school allows all students to experience a live, professional theatrical performance.

Music and Arts Non-Consumable Equipment Grants

Grantee: Sarah Glass from Fowler Drive Elementary School

Award Amount: $4,995.53

Summary: Purchase 12 iPads and Bloxel Builder Kits for 161 fourth and fifth grade students
to design and create their own playable video games complete with characters, terrains, enemies,
tokens, and power ups. Students will work in teams to design and create their games allowing them to
develop both teamwork and digital citizenship skills simultaneously. Students will also learn about the career
and education opportunities in digital design.

Grantee: Eunice Kang from Clarke Middle School

Award Amount: $4,970.00

Summary: Purchase ten 4/4 violins, three 15 ½” violas, and two 16” violas to support the growing
number of students participating in the orchestra program. Currently 130 students participate in orchestra.
Correctly sized instruments that students can use each day, without having to share with other students during
class, are essential for student learning.

Grantee: Sara Parrish from Fowler Drive Elementary School

Award Amount: $3,783.00

Summary: Purchase a multi-position platform so students can build their performance skills
and experience multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Currently the number of students
and school layout make it extremely difficult for students to perform together by grade. Group performances
build community, foster confidence, and increase tolerance for one another.

Grantee: Rebecca Floyd from Hilsman Middle School

Recipient of: The Nick and Erin Maulding Grant

Award Amount: $2,793.00

Summary: Purchase three ½-size violins, three ¾-size violins, three 14” violas,
and 1 cello to support the growing number of students participating in the orchestra program.
Currently 65 students participate in orchestra. Due to family financial challenges,
2/3 of the orchestra students must rely on school instruments to participate in orchestra
and these students need appropriately sized instruments in order to learn how to play correctly.
Currently students are doubling-up on instruments which cuts their playing and practice time in half.

Grantee: Zoe Daniel from Stroud Elementary School

Award Amount: $1,804.55

Summary: Purchase a clay wedging table, clay molds, and glazing jars to enable students to
wedge their own clay, create and glaze their own food-safe bowls and plates, and learn the
complete clay process which includes slicing slabs, recycling clay, and underglazing the final product.

Grantee: Chandra Power from Coile Middle School

Award Amount: $509.55

Summary: Purchase circular knitting needles and double pointed needles for the knitting club.
Students build numeracy skills as they work with various pattern requirements to knit hats and scarves
for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

Professional Development Grants


Grantee: Kristin Beasley from Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance
her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities
are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

Grantee: Kristen Lynch from Alps Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance
her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities
are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

Grantee: Laura Marlow from Timothy Road Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance
her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities
are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

Grantee: Margaret McDonald from Gaines Elementary School

Award Amount: $700

Summary: Attend a two-week summer course to advance
her Orff-Schulwerk method certification. The course curriculum and activities
are designed to develop the musicianship, creativity, and teaching strategies for the participants.

If you would like to learn more about how you can make a measurable

difference in the lives of young people in Athens-Clarke County, please contact

us at (706) 548-1973 or via e-mail at director@athfesteducates.org.

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