The results from the Community Knights Gift Grant funding to Denbigh High School Math Department have been impactful, offering educational aids to students who otherwise would not have the tools to complete the mathematical coursework. Community Knights strive to ensure GIFT grant awardees are innovating and growing their programs. Their primary goal in fundraising efforts and grant awards are based on community collaboration.The GIFT program has a few simple, yet strict, requirements: All grants must directly benefit the citizens of the Virginia Peninsula of Hampton Roads; all awardees must be 501(c)(3) non-profits, public school organizations, or non-profits that the Community Knights’ Board deems a benefit to the Community, which demonstrate the ideals of Community Knights and show fiscal responsibility with the use of the grant.
The chapter of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society at Denbigh High School has participated in Community Knights’ GIFT program for the past two years. In that time, they have received over $4,000 in grants. These grants have been used for a variety of causes, including scholarships, an annual charity donation, and most recently, a contribution of 15 Ti-84 Graphing Calculators to the math department at Denbigh High School. These calculators will provide important assistance to the math classes at Denbigh. Thanks to this contribution, students will:
- Have access to these Ti-84 calculators both for in-class activities, and for out-of-class assignments such as homework
- Be enabled to perform important math functions that can only be completed with a graphing calculator
- Visualize mathematical functions and properties with the graphing component of the calculators to help them understand their lessons
- Master the Standards of Learning by learning how to utilize the graphing calculators to improve their scores
- Be better prepared to use identical or similar mathematical tools later in college or a career
Mu Alpha Theta sponsor, Sarah Sprouse stated, “Community Knights has given us the means and the opportunity to increase our students desire to learn mathematics.”
Community Knights next round of grants will be issued this fall and they look forward to again supporting public school organizations and non-profits that are a benefit to our community.