Alcoa High School purchased a TV and Chromecast technology to display important announcements to visitors and students. They also implemented a daily advisory period for staff to meet with grade-specific groups to deepen teacher-student relationships and better support student socio-emotional development. Through digital media and the new TV and Chromecast, Alcoa hopes students will be equipped to better navigate through electronic communications.
The CDC classroom at Eagleton College & Career Academy serves students with intellectual disabilities. The essential skills students learn are independent living, self-confidence, and self-advocacy. With the Simply Smart grant, students received hands-on learning in cooking labs. They planned menus, made grocery lists, prepared and consumed meals, stored leftovers, cleaned, and more. Grant funds purchased 100 cooking lab groceries, cookware, storage bins, mixing bowls, cleaning supplies, and more.
Heritage High School's Multi-process Welding Project aims to increase student knowledge and ability to operate welding equipment. With the help of the Simply Smart Grant, Heritage High School purchased an entry-level multi-process machine, which provided nearly 100 students the opportunity to learn new welding skills.
Students at Pershing Academy of Learning are 100% online. Students rely on quality headphones to hear material presented by educators. Simply Smart grant funds purchased headphones for 20 students to use for online learning.
William Blount High School used grant funds to purchase new laptops for students dual-enrolled in the Interior Design Program. The new laptops will help ensure they have the most up-to-date software required for the program.
Many Samual Everett School students face hardships in life, resulting in many outside challenges. With the help of the Simply Smart Grant, the School was able to purchase up-to-date calculators available for over 50 students to use. This allows students to have the most current technology and provides better learning opportunities for crucial academic concepts.
Students at Miller Boyd Alternative School do not pay fees or have school supplies. Many times, educators pay for supplies out of pocket. Grant funds purchased school supplies for students to help them be successful in the classroom. Items included calculators, protractors, tape, paper, pencils, and wood for a picnic table so students can eat lunch outside.
Morristown East High School used grant funds to purchase compasses, mapping equipment, medical safety equipment, fitness equipment like jump ropes, pull-up equipment, and climbing equipment for a low ropes obstacle course. The project allows students to learn safety training, leadership, fitness skills, and team building. Approximately 200 students will benefit from the program each year.
With Simply Smart grant funds, Morristown West purchased 35 copies of the New York Times Upfront Magazine. Students were required to read an article every Friday and write a summary. Students learned about current events and were able to raise literacy scores for testing. Approximately 180 students benefited from the project.
Jefferson County High school used grant funds to create a SAFE SPACE for students. The space allows students to visit the counseling center and take advantage of new seating and supplies to help students cope with difficulties in their lives.
The Austin East library is a community space where students come together. With the help of the Simply Smart grant, Austin East purchased furniture to give students a more flexible learning environment. Items purchased included adjustable desks and chairs, rolling tables and laptop stands, rolling chairs, and more.
Bearden High School upgraded the classroom server to a faster system with Simply Smart grant funds. Students in the Cybersecurity program learned about upgrades and the importance of security.
The theatre club at Career Magnet Academy created a space in the cafeteria to be used as a performance area. With grant funds, they were able to purchase lighting, blinds, windows, and dividers. The new space can be used for performances, special speakers, and more.
Central High School used grant funds to provide female student-athletes the opportunity to strength train and condition in their own space. Funds were used to purchase barbells, plates, kettlebells, resistance bands, Plyo boxes, foam rollers, and more.
Farragut High School used Simply Smart grant funds for two projects. The first project allowed students to participate in the hands-on construction of circuits. Students learned about series, parallel, and combination circuits by obtaining measurements for different properties. Funds were used to purchase digital multimeters, hook-up wires, led bulbs, switches, cutters, power supplies, and solderless breadboards.
The remaining grant funds helped the agricultural science classes purchase supplies for the Flock and Friends project. This project consisted of remodeling the previous playground area into a large chicken coop with nesting boxes and storage boxes for feeding.
In Cosmetology, students learn basic hair services, formal styling, braiding, rollers, finger waves, and more. With the help of the Simply Smart Grant, Fulton High School purchased mannequins for students to practice learning cosmetology skills.
Gibbs High School Rehab Careers classes teach students many types of rehabilitation like physical therapy, speech, and occupational therapy. With grant funds, Gibbs purchased therapy tables, paraffin baths, exercise mats, exercise balls, heat and ice packs, resistance bands, splints, and more to help students learn about rehabilitation techniques. The remaining grant funds helped purchase supplies to celebrate students entering pod-secondary education.
The Simply Smart grant helped the Halls High School robotics team purchase three fast laptops for running code and engineering software. With the new laptops, students increased productivity in coding exercises and during competitions.
Hardin Valley Academy used grant funds to develop a common area for learning within the school library. The library is a school hub for students, and the new commons area helped create a collaborative learning and instruction area. HVA purchased modular tables and seating, allowing for multiple options for students to work. Additional tools and supplies such as a color poster printer, button maker, monitors, Chromebook adapters, mobile storage solutions, and dividers were purchased and available for students.
Many students at Karns High School opt not to take AP classes due to the inability to pay for the exam. With the help of the Simply Smart grant, Karns purchased AP exams for students who were unable to cover the cost.
L&N used grant funds to develop their very first tech challenge team. Students designed, built, programmed, and operated robots to compete in head-to-head challenges.
Paul L Kelley Academy started offering Art classes for students in 2020. The Art classes purchased clay tools, texture roller, modeling clay, styrene sheets for printing ink, a heat gun, metal rods, contour mesh, and many other art supplies with grant funds.
Powell High School used grant funds to purchase a virtual business retail simulation allowing students to concept business practices and market products. Students learned management concepts and how marketing plays a role in business. Other lessons learned included market research, product development, product placement, promos, management, customer service, financing, risk management, and more.
With the help of the Simply Smart grant, special education students were able to start a deli cart service for teachers. Grant funds were used to purchase cooking supplies, an air fryer, mixer, coffee, pans, and storage bins. Students created menus and learned how to shop and prepare food, take orders, collect money, and deliver food to teachers.
Tennessee School for the Deaf used grant funds to purchase material to create a life-size human foosball field. The addition of this new activity will allow students in PE classes to learn team-building skills.
West High school implemented a class garden for their Simply Smart grant project. Students had to research, design, build, and maintain an outdoor garden for the Nutrition Program. Students grew their own healthy foods and learned about meal planning, meal prepping, and budgeting.
With Simply Smart grant funds, Greenback School purchased CPR masks, resuscitators, mannequins, bag valves, and other supplies for CPR, first aid, and AED certifications. Nearly 80 students were able to receive their certificates.
Lenoir City High School used grant funds to purchase classroom materials and a pig heart for Health and Science students. Through this project, students learned about heart rate, blood pressure, heart physiology, and body circulations. Students dissected and identified parts of the heart. The remaining grant funds were used to purchase iPads to help to increase student engagement and deepen student understanding of course concepts.
With grant funds, Loudon High School purchased art supplies for the Visual Arts program. Students gained a deeper appreciation of the arts through painting, clay and glazing, textile creations, and drawing.
With the help of the Simply Smart grant, Harriman purchased soldering stations and supplies for their STEM program. Students learned how different components on a circuit board work.
Midway used grant funds to purchase a laser engraver and cutter for STEM classes. Students created turbine blades to be used in turbine prototypes and other 3D modeling and designs.
The Simply Smart grant helped Oliver Springs High School purchase eight economy microscopes and one digital oil immersion microscope. All biology and ecology students used microscopes and gained a better understanding of course concepts.
Roane County High School used grant funds to update science labs. The Science department purchased magnification light microscopes for students to use.
In Life Skills classes, students learn skills for basic needs like cooking and shopping. With grant funds, Rockwood High School purchased food, art supplies, classroom seating, and containers to help with teaching students life skills. Hands-on learning activities provided opportunities for students to learn cooking, shopping, and art skills. The students enjoyed the alternative seating, which allowed them to be more productive and focus on course concepts.
With the help of the Simply Smart grant, Gatlinburg Pittman High School purchased two digital lab measurement devices for the science department. Students collected values for different chemistry experiments.
Northview Academy students enjoying utilize outdoor spaces; however, it can be challenging when it comes to technology. The Simply Smart grant helped purchase a mobile technology unit with an iPad air, Apple® keyboard, Apple pencil, magic mouse, portable projector, and a portable screen so students could continue their learning outdoors.
Parkway Academy used grant funds to purchase art supplies for special needs students. Many students enjoy having a creative outlet because it boosts self-confidence and is therapeutic. Funds helped provide chalk and oil pastels, walnut oil, multimedia paper, paintbrushes, foil sheets, paint, and other various art supplies.
Pigeon Forge High School used grant funds to create a multimedia production studio equipped for podcasting, video production, live streaming, and more. The studio allowed students to interact with the school community and have a creative outlet for their voices to be heard.
The Simply Smart grant provided funds to cover the expense of the Praxis exam for paraprofessionals. Students in teaching as a profession are eligible to take the Praxis exam and achieve a license to work in Sevier County Schools as paraprofessional assistants after graduation.
The African American History program at Dobyns Bennett used Simply Smart grant funds to purchase materials and resources for the African American history curriculum. Students learned about the lives and legacies of African Americans from 1620 to the present.
Sullivan East High School students complete several work-based learning projects throughout the school year, such as self-care, food prep, food service, gardening, customer service, and more. These projects teach students life skills and how to function independently even though they may have special needs. Grant funds were used to purchase groceries, plants, supplies for gardening, construction and craft supplies, a small refrigerator, and other classroom supplies for learning.
Tennessee High School used grant funds for their Library Cafe and Makerspace project. The project gave students opportunities to use a Cricut to create items like t-shirts. Students also enjoyed the new library cafe equipped with a Keurig, coffee, and supplies.
Simply Smart grant funds helped West Ridge High School purchase supplies for its CDC program. Students learned to plan a meal, budget, and cook the meal. By learning the skills, students were able to be more independent.
The AP Capstone & Research program at Science Hill High School used grant funds to purchase a sterilizer, incubator, Petri dishes, and microscopes. Students conducted science-based research with these tools allowing them to gain a stronger understanding of AP course concepts.