Foundation Impact Grants Spring 2022

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Grant for math whiteboards

Cara Hornbeck, Special Education and Math Teacher at Ray-Pec High School, received a grant of $521 to purchase dry erase magnetic grid boards for algebra classes. From left to right: Foundation President Allison Bruflat, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Cara Hornbeck, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle. 

Foundation awards about $10,000 in grants

The Foundation Prize Patrol on March 1, 2022,  awarded $9,992 in grant awards.

The grant awards will be used for a variety of items including books, cooking supplies, recess equipment, and toys for fine motor skills.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board President Allison, Bruflat, and Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele made the surprise presentations, along with Foundation Board Members Cathy Wansing, Kristi Schumacher, and Jamie Bogner.

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Grant for take-home books

Second graders in Melinda LaSala's class at Raymore Elementary are excited to learn that a grant will allow each of them a take-home copy of the book "Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success." The class has been studying the book by famed coach John Wooden and has incorporated its lessons into their classroom.

Grant for books

Raymore Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Melinda LaSala received a grant of $304 to purchase additional copies of the book "Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success." She intends to provide a take-home copy of the book for every child in her classroom. Pictured from left: Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Melinda LaSala, and Raymore Elementary Principal Jennika Miller.

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Grant for fine motor toys

Trisha Morris, occupational therapist at Shull Early Learning Center, received a grant of $124 for toys to help with fine motor skills. From left to right: Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Shull Director Dr. Mary Shatford, Trisha Morris, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, and Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat.

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Grant to purchase books for book club


Bridle Ridge Elementary School Library Media Specialist Jennifer Bailey received a $145 grant to purchase books for the school’s Chat and Chew Book Club for 4th and 5th graders. Pictured, from left: Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Jen Bailey, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle.

Grant for Parents as Teachers

Parents As Teachers received a grant of $670 to purchase books for kindergarten transition and infant/toddler sleep safety. Dr Mary Shatford, Director of Shull Early Learning Center, accepted the grant. Pictured from left to right: Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Dr. Mary Shatford, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle. 

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Grant for early childhood STEM and writing materials

Shull Early Learning Center teachers Catie Spencer and Kelly Moser received a grant of $598 to purchase hands-on STEM and writing materials. Pictured from left to right: Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Catie Spencer, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Kelly Moser, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, and Shull Director Dr. Mary Shatford.

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Grant to purchase mobile white erase boards


Ray-Pec Academy English Teacher Jennifer Ramirez received a grant of $750 to purchase magnetic mobile white erase boards. From left to right: Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Jennifer Ramirez, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, and Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston. 

Grant to support Sources of Strength

Laura Columbatto, English Language Arts Teacher at Ray-Pec High School, received a grant of $715 to purchase resources for the Sources of Strength spring campaign. Pictured, from left: Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Laura Columbatto, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing.

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Grant for Sources of Strength campaign

The Sources of Strength organization at Ray-Pec High School received a grant of $715 from the Raymore Peculiar Public School Foundation to purchase resources for a spring campaign 

Front row, from left to right: Bree Totten, Avery Kiehl, Teacher Laura Columbatto, Chance Embry and Nolana Marr. Second row, from left to right: Lauren Manning, Libby MacLean, Tallie Scott, Delaney Gipple, Bailey Roe, Amelia Randall, Taylor Griffin and Teacher Haleigh Thompson. Third row, from left to right: Katrina Tilawen, Cami Sweet, Lana German, Savannah Porter, Hailey Feagins, Ava Solar, Sophia Weigel and Cheyanne Fields. Fourth row, from left to right: Becky Philips, Grace Bowen, Alex Feeback, Emma Shumway, Aidan Hill, Izzy Martin, Jessina Jathual, Mackynzie Jones, Jeri Walters and Savannah Jordan. Fifth row, from left to right: Teacher Rebecca Seward, Teacher Kelly Logan and Teacher Kelly Cease.

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Grant to purchase art supplies


Ray-Pec Academy Teachers Leesa Wiseman and Paul Lichtenauer received a grant of $750 for supplies for art modalities studies. From left to right: Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Leesa Wiseman, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, and Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing. Paul Lichtenauer is not pictured. 

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Grant to purchase Project Lead The Way books

Stonegate Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Deanna Dawson received a grant of $701 to purchase read-aloud books for the Project Lead the Way science unit. Pictured, from  left: Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Stonegate Elementary Principal Carolyn Deane, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Deanna Dawson, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle.

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Grant to purchase resources for Life Skills students

Ray-Pec High School Special Education Teachers Machelle Enright and Katie Huff, along with Occupational Therapist Stephanie Dustman, received a grant of $739 to purchase resources for students in the Life Skills program to explore and develop leisure activities. They are pictured with students from the Life Skills class. From Left: Paraprofessional Kim Mallison, Paige Johnson, Zach Meyer, Armon Davis, Teacher Machelle Enright, Jada Richardson, Sabrina Peek, Nathan Turner, Dustin Haning, Teacher Katie Huff, Dylan Titus. Not Pictured: Stephanie Dustman.

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Grant to fund students projects in the LEAP program

Ray-Pec Elementary LEAP Teacher Rebecca Huber received a grant of $500 to purchase resources for projects proposed by students in the gifted education program. The students submitted several projects and will work collaboratively to choose how to spend the grant to fund as many projects as possible. Huber is pictured with some of the students in her classroom at Stonegate Elementary School.

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Grant to purchase French readers for students

Teachers Melinda Young and Andrew Lower received a grant of $240 to purchase French readers for a novice library. Young teaches French at East Middle School and South Middle School. Lower teaches French at Ray-Pec High School. Pictured from left to right: Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Andrew Lower, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat.

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Grant to purchase cooking supplies

Digital Learning Teacher Tammy Novak received a grant of $750 to purchase supplies for use in cooking units at Ray-Pec Academy. Pictured from left: Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Tammy Novak, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Superintendent Dr. Mike, Slagle, and Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston.

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Grant to purchase kindergarten recess equipment

Kindergarten teachers at Timber Creek Elementary School received a grant of $730 to purchase recess equipment. Pictured from left: Teacher Bethanie Cummings, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Teacher Cindy Hatfield, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Teacher Emily Cesonis, Foundation Board Member Jamie Bogner, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, and Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing.

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Grant to remodel staff lounge

Ray-Pec East Middle School Teachers Janell Doudrick and Sierra Zeiss received a grant of $750 to refresh and remodel at the staff lounge at the school. Pictured from left: Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Janell Doudrick, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Sierra Zeiss, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and East Middle School Principal Katie Campbell.

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Grant to purchase materials for movement space

Raymore Elementary School Focus Facilitator Kristy Warren (pictured here) and Occupational Therapist Kat Johnston (not pictured) received a grant of $387 to purchase materials for a movement space to assist students who need additional supports. Pictured from left: Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Kristy Warren, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, and Raymore Elementary Principal Jennika Miller.

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Grant to purchase materials for learning centers and sensory play

Shull Early Learning Center Teachers Haley Page, Rachel Lee, and Jennifer Thomas received a grant of $618 to purchase materials for learning centers and sensory play for children in the Early Childhood Special Education program. Pictured from left: Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, Foundation Board Member Cathy Wansing, Haley Page, Foundation Board Member Kristi Schumacher, Rachel Lee, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Jennifer Thomas, Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle,  Foundation Board President Allison Bruflat, and Shull Director Dr. Mary Shatford.