Date: December 19th, 2013

JTAG Fund Awards $3,000 for Talented and Gifted Programming

The JTAG Fund, the grant-making arm of the Janesville Talented and Gifted Association, has awarded grants totaling more than $3,100 to the School District of Janesville.

The awards were given for the following programs:

  • Build Your Own Camera for Advanced Photography students at Craig High School
  • National History Bee competition for 6th through 8th grade students at Franklin Middle School
  • Orchestra Clinic for 6th through 12th grade orchestra students with a professional string quartet
  • Marcy Cook Tiles Math and Mathstories, two programs that will challenge 3rd through 5th graders at Jackson Elementary to solve math problems using less-than-conventional methods
  • Guitar Stars for 4th and 5th grade students at Kennedy Elementary School.  The grant supports purchase of guitars.
  • Video project for the 3rd grade Challenge students at Madison Elementary School.  The grant supports purchase of a video camera to prepare videos that will be shared with Madison’s sister school in China.
  • Biz Town, Junior Achievement project for 5th graders at Madison Elementary School.  The grant supports participation in an interactive business simulation at the BizTown facility in Milwaukee.
  • Writing Initiative , a professional development program to assist Monroe Elementary teachers with the implementation of Common Core standards for English and Language Arts
  • Junior Great Books at Roosevelt Elementary School.  The grant will fill a gap in materials for kindergarten through 2nd grade students.
  • Junk Box Wars for 5th grade Challenge students at Roosevelt Elementary School.  The grant covers materials for an engineering project.
  • Robotics -EV3 for 4th grade Challenge students at Roosevelt Elementary School.  The grant supports purchase of a kit that helps students explore robotics programming, the scientific method and principles of sensors.
  • IXL Learning for students who need math enrichment at Washington Elementary School.  The grant covers the cost of a license to a website.

The JTAG Fund is an endowed fund established with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.  It promotes and supplements talented and gifted educational opportunities for students and personnel of the Janesville School District.  Since 1993, more than $36,500 has been awarded by the Fund for talented and gifted programming.   Co-presidents of the Fund are Christina Jensen and Leslie Wente.

Gifts to the JTAG Fund are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law and may be sent c/o The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 26 South Jackson St, Janesville, WI 53548.  For more information contact Jane Maldonis at jane@cfsw.org, or 758-0883.