Capron Elementary receives grant from IP

Published 4:58 pm Friday, January 31, 2020

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capron elementary grant for furniture

Two Capron students read in new chairs, while others sit on the rug to work. Submitted | Kathy Thompson

Capron Elementary School recently received a grant from International Paper, which allowed the school to purchase new classroom furniture.

The grant application, titled “Classroom Comfort Improves Quality of Education,” was written by Reading Specialist Kathy Thompson. The money was then used to buy a variety of furniture for Sheila Roach’s third and fourth grade reading classroom.

According to Thompson, the flexible seating classroom will give students the choice of learning space increasing their engagement, overall attentiveness and a more positive environment. The grant will also allow Capron to create a classroom intentionally designed to support different modes of learning, to help children stay on task.

“This flexible seating classroom will alter the fundamental dynamics of teaching and learning, giving students more control and responsibility as well as undermining the typical face-forward orientation of the traditional, static classroom designs,” Thompson said. “Our school greatly appreciates the generosity of International Paper for providing the funds for us to create another flexible seating classroom at Capron Elementary. We are excited about the opportunity to allow students to choose spaces they need to succeed, making them better learners while building skills like collaboration, communication and creativity.”