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LGS Awarded Grants for Diversity, Inclusion Efforts

Greater Cincinnati Foundation has awarded two grants to Linden Grove School to support classroom activities related to diversity and inclusion.

The first grant will support efforts designed to help K-4 students learn about different cultures through stories, visiting programs, classroom activities, and school celebrations. Part of the funds will be used to purchase storybooks such as Saturday, Dreamers, The Name Jar, and The Proudest Blue. Additional funds will be used for visiting programs and performances, as well as supplies for classroom activities and school celebrations related to cultural traditions from around the world. The ultimate goal is to foster in students an open-mindedness when experiencing differences in culture, lifestyle, or thoughts.

The second grant will fund resources and visiting programs to help 4-8 grade students explore multiple, differing perspectives of important historical events: for example, studies of the arrival of Christopher Columbus, early European colonists, and the first Thanksgiving including the Native American perspective; and a study of the abolitionist movement and Underground Railroad from the varying perspectives of abolitionists and African-American slaves. Activities will deepen students’ understanding of history while encouraging social competencies important for living and working in a diverse community.

Applications for grant funds were made as part of Linden Grove School’s increasing commitment to encourage in our students and staff the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and attitudes to understand and appreciate our differences and our common humanity.

For more information contact Christina Waddle, Director of Development.

LGS Increases Commitment to Creating a Supportive, Inclusive Culture

Central to Linden Grove School’s mission is to provide personalized instruction and a supportive community, helping each child maximize his or her potential regardless of ability or background.

Linden Grove School also recognizes there is more the LGS community can do to encourage in our students and ourselves the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and attitudes to understand and appreciate our differences and our common humanity.

During the summer months, LGS initiated committees comprised of staff, family members, and volunteers to recommend efforts to ensure a supportive, inclusive culture. Committee areas of focus include, but are not limited to, multi-cultural activities curriculum materials, and diversity training for staff and volunteers.

For more information or to get involved, email Mrs. Tennyson, Head of School.

LGS Board Creates Strategy for Growth

To meet growing requests for its specialized education and supports, Linden Grove School (LGS) increased enrollment from 60 to nearly 90 students over the past five years, maximizing the school’s physical capacity.

In response, the LGS Board of Trustees recently approved a three-year Strategic Plan to evaluate and prioritize options for further growth while developing the resources and structural model to support expansion. Additionally, by documenting its growth process, Linden Grove School will serve as a model for education providers outside our region.

Three main areas of focus for the Strategic Plan were identified during a Board retreat in the fall of 2019. Related objectives and strategies were developed throughout the school year by sub-committees comprised of Board members, parents, staff, and community supporters. The final plan was approved by LGS’s Board of Trustees in July 2020

Read additional information regarding LGS’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

Afterschool Activities Encourage New Interests and Skills

Linden Grove School recognizes the value of extra-curricular activities in regard to exploring personal interests and developing new skills. Available options include swimming, Taekwondo, Lego™ Club, and the Dingoes scout group. NEW this year: Cooking at LGS and a Human-Animal-Intervention Program through the Cincinnati Zoo.

For more on life at Linden Grove School, view online editions of Life Newsletters.

Activity-Based Learning Increases Understanding and Interaction

Activity-based classroom experiences not only aid understanding and comprehension but also encourage students to be more inquisitive and develop their own problem-solving skills. Such experiences also help student engagement at school and encourage positive interactions with classmates.

Left: Jack Peak and Liam Light learn about open and closed circuits — as well as parallel versus series circuits — using wires, light bulbs, switches and more. Right: In their study of Ancient Egyptian agricultural practices, 6-8 team students create soil models of basin irrigation systems and LEGO™ models of shadufs — hand-operated devices for lifting and distributing water. Left to right: Owen Berta, Sophia Wooten, Alex Berninger.

Cincinnati Restaurant Company Creates Valuable Experiences for LGS Students

LGS Applied Skills students are gaining valuable work and life experiences thanks to RGT Management, Inc., one of the largest restaurant companies in the Cincinnati market.

Each month, students travel to RGT Management offices to assist with mailings and other tasks, developing valuable skills in a typical office environment. In appreciation for the students’ time and effort, RGT often provides the students with restaurant coupons, creating opportunities for students to dine out in the community.

RGT also facilitated funding of an oven hood to enable the use of an oven in the school’s Applied Skills kitchen – a kitchen used to help students learn cooking and related skills.

Just as important, RGT is a great ambassador for LGS among its employees and in the community. As a sponsor of LGS’s Crazy Golf event, RGT engaged employees in preparing and serving food for event attendees. At the event, RGT employees and their family members interacted with families and kids with autism and other special needs, providing face painting, playing the Crazy Golf course, joining in the carnival games and more.

Top left: 6-8 team staff and students take advantage of a photo opportunity with Colonel Sanders during a visit to RGT Management offices. Jackson Ramsey (top right,) Bennett Grady (bottom) and other students travel to RGT once a month to assist with office tasks, gaining valuable work experience.

Afterschool Activities Encourage New Interests and Skills

Linden Grove School recognizes the value of extra-curricular activities in regard to exploring personal interests and developing personal skills. In addition to Dingoes – a scout program developed by school staff – LGS facilitates a range of private and group activities at the school or in the community, including but not limited to music lessons, taekwondo, swimming, and Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO™ labs.

 

 

Music lessons, taekwondo, and Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO™ lab are some of the afterschool activities available at LGS throughout the year.

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