The 2020 Grant Cycle is officially open! Each year, we raise money at our Annual Golf Tournament and 100% of the money raised at this event funds the teacher resource grants at the beginning of each school year. All teachers in the district are invited to write two grants for up to $500 each. The most common grants are classroom materials, new programming that a teacher wants to test drive, various experiences both inside and outside the school building, and STEM Education. Each year, this grant cycle has an effect on 15,000 students on average.
Through a grant of $1000 awarded last fall through the Foundation, Ms. Aviles was able to purchase a complete, chapter-owned set of 19 jackets in an assortment of sizes to loan out to students who aren’t able to purchase one on their own. With these jackets, student involvement and participation in several key FFA events were made possible! Ms. Aviles says, “The number of students that this grant directly affects will continue to grow for many years to come!”
Madelynne Butler, 5th grade teacher at Central Elementary was awarded with a grant of $495 from the Foundation this fall for a classroom set of mathematic manipulatives and station materials. Her students have “math stations” and in each station there is a box that contains different objects for students to count, play and work on math tasks together as a group!
Mr. Corbett received a grant affecting 200 students at Central Junior High last year for their Recycling Club! Mr. Corbett through previous Foundation grants has purchased a Wellzoom Extruder and spool winder and attempted to produce their own PLS filament for use with the computer department’s new 3D printer! This past year, through the Foundation grant, the recycling club was able to purchase heavy duty carts and several boxes of biodegradable/compostable trash bags proving that they are truly environmentally conscious!
At Bryant Elementary Ms. Greenwell knows the importance of physics at an early age. With the Foundation grant money of $387, she was able to purchase several teaching games and toys to help teach different science concepts. All of the materials purchased were used during anytime students used STEAM bins as well as classroom instruction time.
Ms. Hale at Sooner elementary received a grant from the Foundation totalling $445 affecting over 300 students. Ms. Hale purchased math materials to implement math strategies in the classroom. With these purchased materials, students could practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, while also gaining a greater understanding of place value and computational strategies.
Getting a head start in technology all while learning is exactly what students are seeing at Fairview Elementary. Through Foundation grants awarded last fall, Ms. Kayla Henagar helped get Fairview ahead of the game by using Bee-bot robots! Ms. Henagar received a grant for $500 affecting 100 students. With this money she purchased Marlbumble bee robots that teach about sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!
Ms. Lee from Heritage Trails elementary was granted $750 from the Foundation affecting over 44 students. Ms. Lee chose to use her fall grant to help students experience life in Oklahoma in the 1800s by going to the Harn Homestead. Harn Homestead is a 40 acre property and museum that celebrates the territorial history of Oklahoma. It offers a hands-on educational experience where students can share in the abundance of a territorial farm, a one room schoolhouse, and a Victorian farmhouse.
Fairview Elementary is having a blast in the past learning about History! 5th grade Social Studies teacher, Kristin Marlar applied for and received a Foundation Grant for the amount of $289 affecting 80 students. With this grant, Kristin was able to purchase an American Revolution magazine, the Kids Discover Online System and the weekly Scholastic Magazine subscription. These pictures are just some of the learning material that Ms. Marlar received!
Ms. Tara Randol at Broadmoore Elementary was awarded $749 through the Foundation. Ms. Randol, with Foundation grant funds was able to take 91 first graders to the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre to see Junie B: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. This field trip experience allowed students to see the book they were reading in action!
Highland West Junior High 8th grade pre-AP students visited the OKC National Memorial Museum on January 22 through a grant from the Foundation totaling $600 to help with expenses. Ms. Rapp was able to purchase tickets for her 173 pre-AP students through this grant!
Through a Foundation grant of $992, Mr. Smith was able to start an archery program at Moore West Junior High. His grant affected over 300 students at Moore West and went on to compete in the State Championship!
Megan Williams, Fairview elementary school teacher, was awarded $497 through our Foundation grant program affecting over 100 students. Ms. Williams created a whole science center with the items purchased from the grant. She purchased a science cart and microscope with grant funds. Ms Williams was able to conduct experiments using the cart as well as investigated with the microscope.
At Santa Fe Elementary, Ms. Jackie Witcher was awarded $1000 through the Foundation Grant program. With this grant money, Ms. Witcher was able to bring local NBA mascot Rumble to provide students an experience they would never forget. These high energy presenters engaged and motivated students through the demonstration of the writing process and STEM based activities. They showed students the importance of academics in the world outside of school.
Through the Foundation Grant program, Ms. Pat Younts from Kelley Elementary was awarded a $500 grant to purchase books to enrich their new Digital Citizenship curriculum required by the state of Oklahoma. The books purchased were about cyber bullying and peer pressure. These books were well-written information about these issues and how to deal with them.