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Howell teachers receive classroom grants from First Financial Foundation

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HOWELL – Two teachers in the Howell K-8 School District have received grants from the First Financial Foundation.

Ramtown School third grade reading teacher Danielle Farley received an Erma Dorrer classroom grant for the 2018-19 school year, according to a press release.

Farley submitted a grant application to purchase a one-year license for the Raz-Kids reading program for her students. The program provides hundreds of eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty.

Students access their level through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading, according to the press release.

Students then take a corresponding eQuiz to determine their future instructional needs. Once a student has read 10 or more eBooks and passed the corresponding quizzes, they advance to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.

And, Land O’ Pines School teacher Desire’e LoVoi also received an Erma Dorrer classroom grant for the 2018-19 school year, according to the press release.

LoVoi submitted a grant application via YouTube video to purchase equipment for a new
Book/STEAM Room for pre-kindergarten through second grade pupils at the school.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. The creative video showcased some of LoVoi’s students and how they would benefit from the updated book room, according to the press release.

First Financial is a federal credit union. Its foundation offered Monmouth County and Ocean County educators six classroom grants to use at their schools for the 2018-19 school year.

“Education has and always will be a pivotal piece of our organization, and we are delighted to be able to help our local educators enhance their classroom experience,” First Financial President and CEO Issa Stephan said.

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