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Education EDGE gifts given to schools and programs

Education EDGE gifts given to schools and programs

Education EDGE grants Education EDGE gifts were presented to school staff, fine arts and athletics during the December 12 Board of Education meeting. This year, the Education EDGE gave $83,808 in total gifts. 

Teachers from eight schools received mini-grants totaling $26,837 from the Education EDGE. The mini-grant recipients are:

  • Horace Mann – Engaging in STEM and Digital Literacy. The grant will be used for technology integration, by purchasing ebooks, digital resources and teaching students about QR codes.
  • Curtis – Sensory Successful Classrooms. The Education EDGE funds will purchase sensory and flexible seating to help keep students focused instead of fidgeting.
  • East – Project Calculate. The funds will help purchase calculators for her math classes to help students with their work.
  • Hamilton – Functional Communication and Language-Building Cooking. The grant will support Owen’s functional communications group, that will teach language and life skills through cooking.
  • Hamilton – Stability Balls and Hokki Stools. The grant will provide flexible seating options for students.
  • Truesdell – Write R3: Regularly, Rigorously, Relevantly. The Education EDGE funds will purchase Chromebooks for student writing and publishing assignments.
  • Sowers – Library Collection Development. The grant will purchase books for the library to encourage a love of reading.
  • Wells/Griffenstein – Running Club and School Snacks. The funds will purchase t-shirts, water bottles, snacks and incentive items for the students and staff involved in Running Club.

Six schools received Koch Classroom mini-grants, totaling $21,021.  Koch Mini-Grants are limited to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or business entrepreneurship.

  • Hadley – From Food Scraps to Sustainable Energy. The funds will purchase compost bins for the lunchroom, plants and equipment to ferment plants to make fuel to power small engines.
  • Hamilton – Snap Circuit Kits. The kits will teach students the basics of electronic circuits and principals of engineering and physics.
  • Marshall – The LiFE Project: Lessons in Forward-Thinking Environments. The grant will purchase basic technology to help ESOL and special education students to help bridge the learning gap between elementary and middle school.
  • Northwest – STEM Lab/Makerspace Fundamentals. The funds will purchase technology to encourage students to make their own technology for classroom use.
  • South – Public Safety PLE – House Fire. The funds will purchase items to combine the school’s fire science, forensic science and law programs into a lesson where fire science students put out a fire, the forensic science students figure out who set it and the law students prepare a case against the arsonists.
  • Southeast – Aquaponics – Engineering to Production. The grant will support CTE programs by raising vegetables and fish with aquaponics.

Fine Arts received $17,950 to support its programs, including beginning band instruments, pottery wheels, camera tripods and wireless microphones for theatre productions.

Athletics received $18,000 to support athletic programs. The Athletic Gift Fund will purchase athletic uniforms for cross country and track programs.

This is the 12th year for the Education EDGE. Since 2005, the Education EDGE has donated $1,220,517 in total gifts. The Education EDGE is the district's educational foundation, allowing private donors to support three key areas – classroom mini-grants, fine arts and athletics – not supported by traditional funding resources.

For more information about the Education EDGE and how to support it, click here.