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Crowd-Funding Efforts Lead to Innovative Classroom Enhancements

Crowd-Funding Efforts Lead to Innovative Classroom Enhancements

Mariemont City School District supporters have long appreciated a collaborative relationship between residents, local businesses and the schools and teachers themselves. The spirit of this connection was illustrated by the recent success of the Mariemont School Foundation’s Make It Happen program.

Make It Happen is a crowd-funding initiative that supports specific teacher requests for the kinds of classroom items that often fall outside the scope of the district budget. This year, these requests directly reflected the school district’s initiative to focus on enhancing experiential learning in and outside of the classroom.

Projects were funded for elementary, junior high and high school classrooms. At the elementary level, students will now have the opportunity to discover and develop their creative learning skills with electric pottery wheels requested by art teachers. “We are so grateful for all of the effort and time that you put into making this ceramics experience happen for our students,” said art teacher Shelley Komrska. “And we are so thankful for everyone who designated their gift toward the wheel. This will be a wonderful addition to our program and the Warriors BEyond enrichment classes we are offering.”

STEM skill-building for fourth through sixth graders will now be supported with new activity kits focused on simple machines, construction, lasers and robotics. At Mariemont Junior High School, students will practice time management skills with new digital wall timers and create children’s books to share with kindergarten students. High school students in art and STEM classes will create designs with new Art Pen Tablets, allowing them greater control and precision than a computer mouse. Students at the high school will also have the chance to build a drone using new materials purchased through Make It Happen.

The idea behind the Make It Happen program is that even small donations, when contributed by many donors, can aggregate to create significant impact.

This year’s Make it Happen campaign raised $9,500 through the generous donations of parents and business sponsors Time Timer, The Quarter Bistro, Miller Insurance and Madison Wealth Management who matched donations. The Mariemont Arts Association contributed to the Art Pen Tablets, and the Mariemont Elementary, Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont High School PTOs made generous donations toward the campaigns as well.

Make It Happen committee chair Mark Campbell said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of so many in the district. “On behalf of the Mariemont School Foundation, I would like to say thank you and congratulations to the classroom teachers, building administrators, PTOs, parents and local businesses. Together, they certainly Made it Happen.”

About the Mariemont School Foundation
The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont City School District.

Over the four years of the Make It Happen program, the Mariemont School Foundation has raised over $24,000 to support teacher requests. Your support in contributing toward efforts like Make it Happen and other initiatives that support the Warriors BEyond experiential learning programs in the Mariemont City School District are greatly appreciated.

For more information, or to support the Mariemont School Foundation, contact Julie Nerl or visit the Foundation website.