Foundation Impact Grants Spring 2018

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Foundation Prize Patrol awards $10,521 in grants

It was hard to say who was more excited – teachers or their students - to see the Foundation Prize Patrol arrive with giant checks to present grant awards.

“He’s rich!” exclaimed a third grader after Teacher George Tombaugh received a grant of $496 to purchase science materials. (Pictured above)

Members of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation visited 10 schools on Jan. 31, 2018, surprising teachers and their students as part of the foundation’s semi-annual “prize patrol,” distributing over-sized checks for 26 grants.

The Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities for the benefit of students, staff, and the community. The Foundation invited staff to apply for grants of up to $500 to be used this year. Last fall, the Foundation awarded just under $6,000 in grants. This semester, the amount is over $10,000.

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Alto xylophone

Kay Miller, music teacher at Timber Creek Elementary, received a grant of $400 to purchase an alto xylophone. From left: Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Miller, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

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Headphones for foreign language classes

The Foundation awarded grants to foreign language teachers at the middle schools and high school to purchase headphones for use with listening activities and assessments. Foreign language teachers from the high school are pictured above with a grant award of $332.

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Debbie Vendelin, Spanish teacher at East Middle School, center, received a grant of $166 to purchase headphones. From left: Shauna Stephenson, Allison Bruflat, Dana Jermain, Jodie Huston, Vendelin, Pam Steele, Kim York, and Dr. Kari Monsees.

Michele Loftin, Spanish teacher at South Middle School, received a grant of $166 to purchase headphones. From left: South Middle School Principal Randy Randolph, Kim York, Dr. Kari Monsees, Allison Bruflat, Dana Jermain, Loftin, Shauna Stephenson, Pam Steele, and Jodie Huston.

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Materials for STEM bins

Bridle Ridge Elementary School second grade teachers received a grant of $500 to purchase STEM bin materials. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. From left: Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Teacher Katie Kiger, Teacher Courtney Graham, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Teacher Kiley Brown, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

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Reading books

Bridle Ridge Kindergarten Teachers Kristan Gutierrez, third from left, and Kim Rice, third from right, received a grant of $466 to purchase high-interest grade level reading books. From left: Pam Steele, Dr. Kari Monsees, Kristan Gutierrez, Jodie Huston, Kim Rice, Shauna Stephenson, and Allison Bruflat.

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Coding supplies

Cari Bryant, Digital Learning Teacher at Timber Creek Elementary, received a grant of $497 to purchase items to be used with coding and building a circuit. She is pictured with Timber Creek Principal Lovie Driskill, at left.

3-D Printer and accessories

Eagle Glen Elementary teachers Amanda Kilgore and James Huffman (not pictured) received a grant of $495 to purchase a 3-D printer and accessories. From left: Shauna Stephenson, Jodie Huston, Pam Steele, Kilgore, Dr. Kari Monsees, Allison Bruflat, and Dana Jermain.

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Percussion instruments

South Middle School Music Teacher Lezlie Waltz received a $500 grant to purchase percussion instruments. She teaches students in grades 6-8. From left: South Middle School Principal Randy Randolph, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Waltz, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, Foundation Board Member Kim York, and Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain.

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Supplies for morning activities

Creekmoor Elementary Teacher Erica Dodson received a $225 grant to purchase items for morning choice activities. She teaches fourth grade. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Pam Steele, Dodson, Allison Bruflat, Jodie Huston, and Shauna Stephenson.

Binoculars

High School Science Teacher Mike Roberts received a $475 grant to purchase binoculars for the Field Biology class.

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3-D Doodle pens

Emily Pfaff, Art Teacher at Bridle Ridge Elementary, received a $500 grant to purchase 3-D doodle pens. The pens function like a 3-D printer and allow students to create three-dimensional objects. From left: Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Pfaff, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

Critical Thinking Lab

Tammy Novak, Digital Learning Teacher at Peculiar Elementary, received a grant of $500 to purchase items to re-design the school's Critical Thinking Lab. Students are providing input into the design.

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Yoga mats

Eagle Glen Elementary Special Education Teacher Katie Hamburg and Occupational Therapist Stephanie Dustman (not pictured) received a grant of $240 to purchase yoga mats for use with students.

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Materials for STEM bins

Raymore Elementary School fourth grade teachers received a grant of $498 to purchase STEM bin materials. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

From left: Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, Teacher Meredith LaSala, Teacher Kelsi Kershner, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Teacher Tara Garcia, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Teacher Angie LaSala.

Dash Robots

Eagle Glen Teachers Jennifer Vacca, third from left, and Amanda Kilgore (not pictured) received a grant of $490 to purchase Dash Robots for use with fourth graders.

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Photo studio

High School Art Teacher Stephanie Pugh received a grant of $500 to purchase supplies to set up a small photo studio. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Kim York, Pam Steele, Pugh, Allison Bruflat, Shauna Stephenson, and Jodie Huston.

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OSMO Genius kits

Tracy Elliott, Special Education Teacher at South Middle School, received a $240 grant to purchase OSMO Genius kits. The kits include game pieces to transform an iPad into a hands-on learning tool. From left: Principal Randy Randolph, Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain, Foundation Board Member Kim York, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Elliott, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees.

Materials for STEM bins

Stonegate Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Deanna Dawson received a grant of $500 to purchase STEM bin materials. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. From left: Foundation Board Member Dana Jermain, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson,Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Dawson, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, and Stonegate Principal Doug Becker.

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Supplies for plant growth experiments

Raymore Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher Joanna Clark, fourth from left, received a grant of $468 to purchase indoor soil-based and hydroponic growing stations for conducting plant growth experiments. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Shauna Stephenson, Jodie Huston, Clark, Allison Bruflat, Pam Steele, and Dana Jermain.

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Gentlemen of the Court

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Scott Jermain received a $500 grant to help offset costs of the Gentlemen of the Court event he conducts with the boys basketball players. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Allison Bruflat, Pam Steele, Jermain, Jodie Huston, Kim York, and Dana Jermain.

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Sensory and fine motor skill activities

Eagle Glen Elementary Special Education Teacher Stephanie Barnes received a $375 grant to purchase materials for implementation of sensory and fine motor skill activities. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Allison Bruflat, Pam Steele, Barnes, Jodie Huston, Shauna Stephenson, and Dana Jermain.

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Calm spots

First grade teachers at Raymore Elementary received a grant of $500 to remodel calm spots in their classrooms. From left: Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Teacher Lindsay Meyer, Teacher Erica Sorrick, Teacher Debbie Thompson, Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat, Foundation Vice President Shauna Stephenson, and Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele.

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Science activity tubs

Eagle Glen Third Grade Teacher George Tombaugh received a $496 grant to purchase science activity tubs. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Jodie Huston, Tombaugh, Pam Steele, Allison Bruflat, Shauna Stephenson, and Dana Jermain.

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Bloxels

Eagle Glen Teachers Jennifer Buckley, center, and Amanda Kilgore (not pictured) received a grant of $492 to purchase 10 sets of Bloxels, a video game development platform that allows users to create their own video games. From left: Dr. Kari Monsees, Allison Bruflat, Jodie Huston, Buckley, Shauna Stephenson, Pam Steele, and Dana Jermain.