Caroline County Public Schools receives recognition and grants from Dart Foundation

Students from Lockerman Middle School will be highlighted in the Dart Foundation's annual report. Emily Matthews, Dart Foundation manager, Leanne Richard and Traci Goulding, also of the Dart Foundation came to Lockerman Middle from Flint, Michigan  to find out more about the science lessons being taught that was funded through a $5,000 grant from the foundation.

Eighth-grade students in Tony Pennington and Melissa Bradley's science classes demonstrated force and motion using a magnetic cannon, and also making new stuff from old stuff through chemical reactions.

"This (the grants) has been great for us, " said Science Supervisor Deborah George. For the past several years, George has applied for Dart Foundation grants to provide items for various science classrooms in the county.

Every year the Dart Foundation uses photographs from the various places their grant money is used in the foundation's annual report.  The annual report will be published sometime in January or February.

In addition to the $5,000 for the science classrooms, Colonel Richardson High School music teacher and band director Thomas Cheezum applied for a Dart Foundation grant for new school band uniforms. Representatives from the Dart Foundation and the local Dart plant in Federalsburg presented a $5,000 check to Cheezum.

Caroline County also received an additional $5,000 for North Caroline High School's science program and $6,000 for the elementary science program.

The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart. The foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,  in the communities near where they have businesses. Dart has a location in Federalsburg.