Ascension Parish community photo gallery for May 1, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by Jennifer deFrances -- Displaying the materials purchased with an Ascension Fund grant are Spanish Lake Primary School students, first row from left, Kierstyn Legg, Kensley Webb, Isabella Amos, Sydnie Broussard, Madeline Smith, Mia Billiot, Mylka Navarette and Sianna Paddie; and second row, Andrew Black, Christian Suire, Grant Guillory, Mason Marie, Craig Gonzales, Jude Porta, Landon Leonard and Jonas Duhe. Not pictured are classmates Briyana Taylor, Roderick Hart and Cannon Cooley.

Spanish Lake Primary School second-grade teacher Kimberly Houdashelt’s Write Right! grant project helped her students practice language skills, expand vocabulary and improve spelling and writing.

In addition, the Ascension Fund grant project helped to build self-confidence.

The purpose of the grant was to help students expand their vocabulary and become better readers and writers, Houdashelt said.

The grant money was used to buy 22 student dictionaries and thesauruses from Scholastic Corp.

“This was a way that every student can have their own set to work with on daily basis in their journal writing, with their language skills and for their writing assessments,” Houdashelt said. “Having these specific tools readily available has helped improve the quality of the students’ writing, their reading comprehension and their vocabulary. I have no doubt that they are ready for their adventure in learning for third grade next year.”

Funds for this grant were provided by InfiniEDGE through the Ascension Fund.

The Ascension Fund is a nonprofit organization established in 1991 by the Rotary Club of Gonzales.

Teacher grants of $500 or $1,000 and school impact grants of $2,500 are awarded annually on a competitive basis.