Peculiar Elementary School Art Teacher Jenny Bullock reacts when she is presented a grant for $721 to purchase LEGOs to incorporate into mosaic art projects.
The Foundation Prize Patrol traveled the District on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to present grant awards.
Many of the grant award will be used for items to provide hands-on experiences for students.
For example, Emily Pfaff and Audalyn Vessar, the art teachers at Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen elementary schools, were awarded grants to purchase supplies for 4th graders to make geo rocks (pictured at right). The project will bring together lessons from art and science.
Other grants include funds for K'Nex and Ozobot kits, virtual reality goggles for use in foreign language classes, supplies to grow plants, caterpillars, and chicks, and a sewing machine.
Members of the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation Board visited schools, surprising teachers and their students as part of the foundation's semi-annual "prize patrol," distributing over-sized checks for 22 classroom impact 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 $750 to be used this year.
Emily Pfaff (in pictured at left) and Audalyn Vessar (in picture at right), the art teachers at Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen elementary schools, were awarded grants to purchase supplies for 4th graders to make geo rocks. The project will bring together lessons from art and science.
Teacher Paul Lichtenauer received a $590 grant to purchase microphones and software that will enable students at Ray-Pec Academy to record, edit and distribute an audio podcast.
Bridle Ridge Elementary School kindergarten teachers Courtney Graham, Kristan Gutierrez, and Kim Rice received a $320 grant to purchase supplies to grow plants, caterpillar habitat kits and chick embryology kits.
Bridle Ridge 1st Grade Teacher Alex Tompkins received a $127 grant to purchase extra books for classroom reading.
Eagle Glen Reading Interventionist Suzanne Vest received a $680 grant to purchase leveled literature sets for the K-2 grade levels.
Jessie Cartwright, art teacher at Creekmoor Elementary School, received a $200 grant to purchase supplies for gel printing plates.
Peculiar Elementary School first grade teachers Colleen Bennett, Alisha Williams, and Monica Roller received a grant of $750 to purchase Bee Bots.
High School English Language Arts Teachers received grants. Heather Clark, in photo at left, received a $200 grant to purchase a document camera. Paula Dampier, at right, received a $600 grant to purchase classroom "escape" or breakout kits.
Left photo: Art Teacher Amy Hellums received a $750 grant to help pay expenses for the annual art show competition. Right photo: Peculiar Elementary Counselor Natasha Robinson accepts a $730 grant on behalf of Digital Learning Teacher Tammy Novak, who the unavailable. The grant will be used to purchase consumable supplies and tools for the Maker Space area.
Lydia Baker, who teaches Project Lead the Way classes at both middle schools, received a $750 grant to purchase K'Mext Amusement Park Experience and Ozobot kits.
Melinda Young, who teaches French classes at both middle schools, received a $465 grant to purchase virtual reality goggles to students to use as they "tour" French-speaking countries.
Raymore Elementary Library Media Specialist Kat Pogatshnik received a $500 grant to pay for a visit by a children's book author.
Kellee Clark, who teaches art at Raymore Elementary, received a $150 grant to purchase a sewing machine to use for fiber arts projects.
Kristy Warren and Rebecca Dobson, received a $685 grant to purchase three tricycles to be used as part of the Positive Playground program. Warren is the Focus Facilitator. Dobson teaches physical education.
Stonegate Elementary Speech Teacher Jennifer Welder received a grant of $160 to purchase extra books for the Speech/Language Therapy Room Library and supplies for monthly activities.
Stonegate Elementary Teachers Jenifer Monahan, Bradye Miller, Anne Schupp, and Ashlie Renfro (not pictured), received a $700 grant to purchase Makey Makey STEAM kits.
Stonegate Elementary School kindergarten teachers Megan Shellhorn, Micah Bronars, and Deanna Dawson received a grant of $144 to purchase styluses to use with student iPads.
Stonegate Elementary School second grade teachers Wendy Huffman, Sarah Petengill, and Roger Jacobs received a $600 grant to purchase supplies for creative and collaborative activities for students to start the day.
The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation invites teachers and staff to request grants of $50 to $750 to supplement the classroom and provide ways to enhance teaching and learning. Grant requests should impact student achievement. The deadline to apply has passed.
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.
Grants will be considered by a Committee; presented to the Foundation Board; and awarded after that. Grant funds are to be used during the 2019-2020 school year. All money shall be expended and used by Jan.31, 2020. A summary report/evaluation of the awarded projects must be submitted to Jodie Huston by March 2 or sooner.
The Foundation's mission is to enhance educational opportunities for the benefit of students, staff, and the community.