The team was awarded a $7,400 grant from the prestigious Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education for the 2014-2015 academic year. Only 13 other HIPP Grants were awarded across New Jersey for the current year.
According to the NJEA website, the Hipp Grant is in place to help educators "bring creative ideas to life," and "promote excellence in education."
Titled Brick by Brick Laying the Foundations for Learning, the grant application outlined an innovative educational initiative that incorporates Lego into classroom learning.
Each Woodmont fourth-grade classroom will be outfitted with a Lego Learning Center. While the grant will help purchase Lego bricks, the majority of the funds will be used to provide support materials such as books about architecture, building, and design, which will encourage literacy and research. The team is also exploring the possibility of bringing a Lego master builder into the classroom.
- Read more at North Jersey.com