LIVERMORE FALLS — Seven teachers at the high school have been awarded $5,106 in grants for various education projects from the Oak Grove Coburn Foundation.

RSU 36 Superintendent Sue Pratt announced the grants during Thursday’s board meeting.

Livermore Falls High School special education teacher Diane Maurais helped write several of the grants, Principal Jim Holland said.

Maurais who was not at the meeting said Monday that she was excited that the school received so many.

Three of the grants she helped write were for special education staff, including herself, will be used to buy at least six Kindles, electronic reading machines, and accessories to help students read. Each teacher would get two, possibly three, for student use.

“It’s all about literacy and reading strategies and making reading accessible to all students,” Maurais said.

Receiving grants were special education teachers, Megan Packard, $600 for “Learning for All;” Jenna Cote, $560 for “Team Literacy;” and Maurais, $560 for reading differentiation.

Also receiving grants were Barbara Jewett, $511 for “Training/community service trips; Darrell Roundy, $960 for “Sheet music for band;” Michelle Brann, $915 for “History Through Memoir;” Amanda Pelkey, $1,000 for “Healthy Living.”

In other education matters Thursday, Livermore Falls Middle School Principal Robert Kahler told the board that there is a kiosk being set up with information for students near the front office.

Folders with weekly math problems for students to try to solve during study hall are already in place.

It’s a work in progress, he said.

Some parents complained to the school board in November that students had too many study halls and needed something more to do with their time.

Kahler and staff had already started to put some programs together and he updated the board on the progress.

Teachers are teaching health to students during some of those times. There will be a showcase of students’ work on various health topics from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the middle school.

There are also enrichment programs going on, he said.

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