The Tanger Outlets awarded three TangerKids grants to five schools in Terrell and Forney combined.

The TangerKids grant program supports and serves the future generation by providing funding for school located near Tanger centers. The Tanger Outlets are located at 301 Tanger Drive Suite 113 in Terrell.

Gilbert Willie Elementary teacher, Valerie Williams, was awarded with a “Set the State to Engage” grant. This project is intended to boost engagement, collaboration and learning in the classroom by transforming a traditional learning environment into an exciting classroom. To create a game-like environment, she will purchase two mini basketball hoops along with two foam balls to turn a regular worksheet assignment into a game. The class will be divided in teams and students will work together to solve the problems and the teams will then correctly answer questions and will try and make a basket. Another way to capture student’s attention is with a portable Bluetooth Speaker with 2 wireless Microphones to further engage students.

W.H. Burnett Elementary teacher, Robin Cannon, received a “Building the Reading Foundation” grant. Students will be introduced to letters and the sounds that they make to advance reading skills and train to use these materials in whole group and small teacher led groups. Students will then have the opportunity to learn and explore these tools in a small group center setting. They will be able to work together with the activities and materials. This builds social skills and leadership skills, all while learning the skills that help to build the foundation of reading.

Herman Furlough Middle School teacher Michael Daigrepont, received a FMS Rocket grant. The project is to partially fund the startup of the rocketry club at Herman Furlough Jr. Middle School. The rocketry club will build on student’s STEM skills in math, science, and engineering. Students will be building and honing their skills in amateur rocketry and competing with these skills in the Team America Rocketry Competition. The funds will help purchase launch equipment that will allow rockets to be launched from a safe distance. Funds will also be directed towards purchasing structure components or kits to build larger scale rockets that would launch to an apogee on no more than 1,000 ft. Project funds will also be allowed to purchasing rocket motors for students to practice launchers and to compare simulation data with tested data.

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