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Education EDGE and Koch classroom grants awarded to schools

Education EDGE and Koch classroom grants awarded to schools

Enders Magnet Elementary reading teacher Kellie Miller received a $3,000 Education EDGE grant Fifteen teachers and school-based staff members across the district were surprised with the announcement that they received Education EDGE and Koch classroom grants to support their classroom projects. District administrators, members of the Education EDGE steering team and representatives from Koch surprised them in their classrooms to celebrate their grant.

More than $29,000 in grants were awarded.

The recipients are:

  • Stucky Middle School counselor Belinda Tummons received an $1,800 Education EDGE grant to create a twice-weekly yoga and mindfulness program called GLOW – Girls Learning Our Worth.
  • Gammon Elementary first-grade teacher Stephani Brooks received a $1,200 Education EDGE grant to purchase a Lightspeed Redcat classroom amplification system to help increase student engagement for students with auditory processing issues.
  • Brooks Center for STEM and Arts Magnet Middle School technology teacher Mark Smith received a $3,000 Education EDGE grant which will be used to purchase new equipment for the school’s robotics engineering classroom, STEM lab and digital media classes.
  • Enders Community Service and Leadership Magnet Elementary reading teacher Kellie Miller received a $3,000 Education EDGE grant which will purchase Chromebooks to help enhance curriculum with technology.
  • Marshall Middle School counselor Angela Haug and social worker Dena Lee received a $2,000 Education EDGE grant to create a therapeutic drum circle at the school.
  • Seltzer Elementary structured learning teacher Jessica Aaby received a $3,000 Education EDGE grant to purchase iPads for students with mixed abilities.
  • Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School music teachers Frances Oare, Stephanie Zoeller and Jenna McGovern received a $3,000 Education EDGE grant to purchase iPads to allow students to self-assess their performances and compose original musical works.
  • Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School technology teacher Steve Smith received a $1,500 Koch classroom grant which will be used to help the school purchase equipment to grow its VEX robotics program.
  • Bryant Opportunity Academy science teacher Lara Dodson received a $3,000 Koch classroom grant which will be used to purchase a 3D printer to serve kindergarten through fifth grade students.
  • Stucky Middle School computer teacher Aaron Kealey received a $3,000 Koch classroom grant which will be used to purchase equipment to help the school grow its robotics program.
  • Gordon Parks Academy technology teacher Cory McCracken received a $3,000 Koch classroom grant to purchase technology items to teach programming to students using robotics.
  • Dunlap Transition Campus at Chisholm interrelated teacher Kevin Loss received a $1,480 Koch grant to introduce 3D printing to the school’s curriculum.

Click here to see a photo album of Edcuation EDGE and Koch classroom grant winners.

The recipients will be recognized at the Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting.

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. Since the foundation began in 2005, the district has invested more than $1.275 million in these key areas. For more information about the Education EDGE, or to donate, visit. www.usd259.org/edge.

Koch classroom grants support school-based licensed staff in their efforts to provide innovative, quality educational opportunities to students. The grants are limited to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) or business entrepreneurship classroom projects that are aligned with the district’s Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) initiative.