WPS staff surprised with Education EDGE mini grants
WPS staff surprised with Education EDGE mini grants
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Education EDGE grant program, a second round of grant awards was held.
Thirty teachers and school-based staff members across the district were surprised with the announcement that they received Education EDGE Classroom Mini-Grants to support their classroom projects. District administrators surprised them in their buildings to celebrate their grant.
More than $104,000 in grants was awarded.
The following staff received Education EDGE grants:
- Benton Elementary Pre-K teacher Alexandria Garcia received a $1,400 grant to create a listening center to help promote reading.
- Benton Elementary kindergarten teacher Christianna Doeden received a $5,000 grant to purchase alphabet letter sensory bins which will provide creative and sensory options to help students learn to read.
- Bostic Elementary gifted teacher Chris Moore and fifth-grade teacher Leslie Davis received a $4,900 grant to purchase supplies and equipment for the school’s robotics team.
- Cessna Elementary art teacher Joanna Thomas received a $3,300 grant to create a program for students to learn to create clay sculptures.
- Cloud Elementary second-grade teacher Meghan Gonzalez received a $600 grant to purchase books for a classroom library.
- Dodge Literacy Magnet music teacher Heather Fusilier received a $4,700 grant use MIDI music keyboards to help with student literacy.
- East High School math teacher Mark Tolbert received a $5,000 grant to introduce students to statistics and increase the number of students taking the statistics AP exam.
- Heights High School art teacher Dylan Seeney received a $1,200 grant to improve the organization of the ceramic/clay projects in his Ceramics I classroom.
- Heights High School English teacher Gabriel Costilla received a $2,000 grant to create a way for students to create live and recorded game casts of esports events.
- Heights High School business teacher Sydney Harper received a $5,000 grant to help create a student-run coffee shop run by the school’s DECA students.
- Horace Mann K8 Dual Language Magnet School interrelated teacher Audrey Wolters received a $5,000 grant to increase student accessibility in STEM opportunities.
- L’Ouverture Career Exploration and Technology Magnet Elementary School music teacher Kathy Johnson received a $2,400 grant to purchase practice drum pads for the school’s bucket drum lab.
- Marshall Middle School interrelated teacher Precious Smith received a $3,700 grant to create ethnic hair care kits for students in need at all WPS middle schools.
- McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary School music teacher Lindsay Blurton received a $5,000 grant to purchase Orff xylophone and metallophone instruments.
- Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Laurell Aschbrenner received a $4,100 grant to purchase codable indoor drones to help students learn computer skills.
- North High School JROTC instructor Todd Phillips received a $3,600 grant to create an obstacle course for JROTC cadets.
- Northeast Magnet school psychologist Sandra Padmanabhan received a $2,600 grant to create social-emotional rooms and a school connection program for students.
- Northwest High School science teacher Guy Sturdevant received a $4,700 grant to create the Ad Astra Collaboration Project which would enable students to design, construct and use Newtonian-style telescopes.
- OK Elementary School librarian Amanda Wilson received a $3,800 grant to purchase new books for the school library.
- Price-Harris Communications Magnet Elementary School second-grade teacher Coni Meloccaro received a $3,800 grant for the school’s Published Author Creative Writing Project which allows student writing projects to become published books.
- Pleasant Valley Elementary School first-grade teacher Ying Jiang received a $5,000 grant to teach computer coding to first grade students.
- Robinson Middle School Spanish teacher Elizabeth Polson received a $1,200 grant to create an incentive program for students enrolled in Spanish classes.
- Robinson Middle School drama teacher Jessica Thomas received a $3,500 grant to allow students to attend a local performance of a Broadway show.
- South High School counselor LaSharn Bell received a $2,700 grant to purchase supplies for the school’s Ladies for Academics and Social Excellence program.
- South High School science teacher Timothy Eberl received a $2,500 grant to purchase equipment and supplies for STEM students.
- South High School orchestra teacher Verlinda Stone received a $4,900 grant to purchase higher quality strings for orchestra students.
- South High School counselor Tammy Kniffin received a $3,300 grant to create a community garden at the school.
- Southeast High School student teacher Morgan Jamis received a $5,000 grant to purchase new cameras for the photography courses offered at the school.
- Stanley Elementary School interrelated teacher Blake Beard received a $5,000 grant to create an electronics lab to teach students about electrical engineering and computer science.
Celebrating it’s 20th year, 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 2003, the district has invested more than $1.77 million in these key areas. For more information about the Education EDGE, or to donate, visit. www.usd259.org/edge