Foundation Impact Grants Fall 2017

Image of Laura Columbatto learning of grant award

Foundation surprises teachers with grant awards

Printmaking supplies for Kellee Clark’s art students at Raymore Elementary School and STEM kits for students at Shull Early Learning Center are just two examples of what will be purchased by Ray-Pec classroom teachers with $5,940 in grant awards, courtesy of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation.

Members of the foundation and district administrators visited seven schools on Thursday, Oct. 19, surprising teachers and their students as part of the foundation’s semi-annual “prize patrol,” distributing 15 over-sized checks.

“This is so cool,” said Meryl Lange, Foundation Board Member. “I love to see the looks on the teachers’ faces.”

The Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities for the benefit of students, staff, and the community. Awarding Classroom Impact Grants is clearly a favorite activity of the Board.

Lab coats

Evelyn Peck, fifth grade teacher at Bridle Ridge Elementary School, received $416 to purchase lab coats for use when conducting science labs.

At right, Peck reacts to the news of the grant award.

Image of Evelyn Peck reacting to grant award
Image of students at Peculiar Elementary

Interaction with author

Julie Fisher, second grade teacher at Peculiar Elementary School, received a $499 grant to purchase books, songs, and Skype sessions with author Emily Arrow.

In picture above, Fisher's students sing and and dance to Emily Arrow's song "I Am Yoga."

Image of Julie Fisher with grant award
Image of Marriah Willis with grant award

REbel Curriculum

Marriah Willis, counselor at Ray-Pec High School, received a grant of $350 to purchase the REbel Curriculum, a student-led education and prevention program that addresses concepts such as the acceptance of diversity in body size and shape, the consequences of dieting, the development of eating issues, and the impact of culture and media on these issues.

Sensory calming area

Julie Vannatter, special education teacher at Ray-Pec High School, received a grant for $440 to purchase supplies to set up a sensory calming area in the classroom.

Image of Julie Vannatter with grant award

Standing desks

Laura Columbatto, English language arts teacher at Ray-Pec High School, received a $400 grant to purchase standing desks for her classroom.

Image of Laura Columbatto with grant award
Image of Lezlie Waltz and students after receiving grant award

Rhythm instruments

Lezlie Waltz, vocal music teacher at Ray-Pec South Middle School, received a grant of $250 to purchase rhythm instruments.

Strategic Game Club

Kathy Ruch, fifth grade teacher at Raymore Elementary School, received a grant of $325 to purchase items for an after-school Strategic Game Club for fourth and fifth graders.

Image of Kathy Ruch with grant award

Printmaking supplies

Kellee Clark, art teacher at Raymore Elementary School, received a grant of $230 to purchase printmaking supplies.

Image of Kellee Clark with grant award
Students of Emily Pfaff try to see award

Students of Art Teacher Emily Pfaff, above, are interested to see what award their teacher is receiving.

Image of Emily Pfaff with grant award

Sun Print kits

Emily Pfaff, art teacher at Bridle Ridge Elementary School, received a grant of $330 to purchase Sun Print kits for students to use in art class.

Image of SG 3rd grade teachers with grant award

Maker Bot Maze

Stonegate Elementary School third grade teachers Pepper Grimm, Melanie Coleman, and Tana Morrison received a grant of $480 to purchase KEVA Maker Bot Maze kit supplies.

Pictured, from left: Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Board Member Meryl Lange, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Melanie Coleman, Pepper Grimm, Tana Morrison, Foundation Secretary Pam Steele, and Board Member Dana Jermain.

Programmable robots

Ashlie Renfro, digital learning teacher at Stonegate Elementary School, received a grant of $470 to purchase programmable robots and a coding box set for use by all grade levels at the school.

She is pictured with Stonegate Principal Doug Becker.

Image of Ashlie Renfro with grant award
Image of Shull Early Learning Center teachers with grant award

STEM kits

Teachers at Shull Early Learning Center received a grant of $500 to purchase STEM kits for use by early childhood students. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The teachers who received the grant are Catie Spencer, Laura Goodwin, Stephanie Berendzen, Samantha Allen, Emily Vaughan, and Haley Butler.

Image of Natalie Thomas with grant award

Library books

Natalie Thomas, library media assistant at Ray-Pec South Middle School, received a grant of $250 to purchase books to complete gaps in series of books in the library.

Image of Brooke Urbina with grant award

Maker Space kits

Brooke Urbina, library media specialist at Ray-Pec South Middle School, received a grant of $500 to purchase Maker Space kits for coding and STEAM projects. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Image of Amy Hellums with grant award

Art Invitational

Amy Hellums, art teacher at Ray-Pec High School, received a grant of $500 to assist with supplies and awards for the annual art show sponsored by the school. Twelve schools plan to participate in the event. Pictured from left: Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain, Foundation Secretary Pam Steele, Hellums, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, and Board Member Meryl Lange.

Past grant project: 3-D printer

The Foundation provided grant funds to help purchase a 3-D printer at Stonegate Elementary School.  



Grant applications

The purpose of the Foundation Impact Grant is to supplement the classroom and provide ways to enhance teaching and learning. The Foundation is looking for new and innovative ideas to be implemented using grant monies. Grant requests should impact student achievement.

The Foundation plans to award Impact Grants to staff members during fall 2017. 

Applications should be submitted to the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation, ATTN: Jodie Huston at the Administrative Services Center, on or before Oct. 3, 2017. Requests may range between $50 and $500. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 3, 2017. Grant funds must be used for the 2017-2018 school year. Funds must be spent by Jan. 31, 2018.

Who is eligible to submit an application for consideration? Individual employees, groups, or teams of employees can submit a grant application.

If the request is technology-related, the Technology Department must approve the request (via email to Ryan Gooding) before it is submitted to the Foundation on October 3.

Grants will be considered by a Committee; presented to the Foundation Board; and awarded after that. The grant is to be used during the 2017-18 school year.

A summary report/evaluation of the awarded projects must be submitted to Jodie Huston by December 31, 2017.  All money shall be expended and used by January 31, 2018.  

Click here to apply.