Classroom Impact Grants Fall 2014

Fall 2014 grants
The Raymore-Public School Foundation prize patrol on Oct. 16 awarded $5,000 in Classroom Impact Grants. There were 14 grant recipients in 10 schools.

Led by Foundation President Phil Parke, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, the group surprised teachers with presentations of oversized checks. Also participating in the prize patrol were these Foundation board members: Allison Bruflat, Raymore Mayor Pete Kerckhoff, Becky Klein, and Pam Steele.

The Foundation invited Ray-Pec staff members to apply for grants of up to $500 to be used this school year. A committee selected the recipients.


Coffee shop supplies
Mini grant
Funds for coffee shop
The Foundation awarded $300 to Teacher Tina Fultz at Ray-Pec High School for her dual credit accounting class. The class operates The Daily Grind coffee shop, and the grant will help purchase equipment and supplies.

Learning about light
Learning about light
Showing refraction
A fourth grader at Raymore Elementary School uses a flashlight to show refraction of light. The flashlight was purchased through a grant from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. Teachers received the grant to purchase, mirrors, flashlights and lenses to allow students to do hands-on experiments to show students how light travels. In the picture, there is a craft stick in water that is showing the refraction of light. Students were also able to use convex and concave lenses to compare and contrast.

Science experiment materials
Mini grant
Funds for science experiments
The Foundation awarded $500 to the fourth grade teachers at Raymore Elementary School for the purchase of materials for science experiments. The four teachers, from left: Angie LaSala, Christel Heier, Shawna Lopez, and Kelsie Kershner.

Science lab supplies
Mini grant
Funds for science lab supplies
The Foundation awarded $437 to Andria Simon, 7th grade science teacher at Ray-Pec East Middle School, for the purchase of science lab supplies.

Chromebooks
Mini grant
Funds for Chromebooks
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation awarded a grant of $494 to Teacher Julie Vannatter at Ray-Pec High School. She plans to use the funds to purchase two Chromebooks for students to use to practice a variety of skills.

Book sets
Mini grant
Funds for book sets
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation awarded $500 to fourth grade teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School to purchase book sets for literature circles.

Science lab projects
Mini grant
Funds for science lab projects
The Foundation awarded $400 to fifth grade science teachers at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School to purchase consumable items for science lab projects and experiments. Teachers, pictured from left: Cathy Spidle, Cathy Pittman, Jennifer Buckley, and Greg Watson.

Select choir
Mini grant
Funds to purchase music
The Foundation awarded $445 to intermediate school music teachers to purchase music for a select choir for 5th and 6th grade. In the first picture, the group is pictured with Samantha Dobson, Vocal Music Teacher at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School, third from left.

Select choir
Mini grant
Funds to purchase music
The Foundation awarded $445 to intermediate school music teachers to purchase music for a select choir for 5th and 6th grade. In the first picture, the group is pictured with Stephen Rew, Vocal Music Teacher at Eagle Glen Intermediate School, third from right.

Journalism interactivity
Mini grant
Funds for iPad mini and iPod
The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation awarded $500 to John VanPelt, yearbook and newspaper advisor at Ray-Pec East Middle School. The money will be used to purchase an iPad mini and an iPod to create interactivity to the yearbook and newspaper.

Web camera
Mini grant
Funds for web camera
The Foundation awarded $70 to Colleen Bennett, first grade teacher at Peculiar Elementary School, to purchase a web camera. She plans to use the camera to allow students to participate in hangouts and communicate with people in other locations.

Recording studio
Mini grant
Funds for recording studio
The Foundation awarded $500 to Tammy Novak, digital learning teacher at Peculiar Elementary School, to purchase equipment to create a small recording studio at the school.

Web camera
Mini grant
Funds for web camera
The Foundation awarded $74 to Aimee Wilson, third grade teacher at Creekmoor Elementary School, to purchase a web camera to allow students to participate in Google hangouts.

Document cameras
Mini grant
Funds for document cameras
The Foundation awarded $200 to the second grade teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School to purchase document cameras to enhance teaching in the areas of modeling and showing examples. The teachers, from left, are: Shelley Wallace, Terri Miles, Becky Howard, Cassie Magers, and Amanda Felix.

Non-fiction books
Mini grant
Funds for non-fiction books
The Foundation awarded $380 to the first grade teachers at Timber Creek Elementary School to purchase leveled non-fiction books for the baggy book program. The teachers, pictured, from left: Sarah Newkirk, Lisa Coldiron, Jessica Farrell, and Lynn Noirfalise.

Focus Room enhancements
Mini grant
For Focus Room enhancements
The Foundation awarded $200 to Stacie Green, Focus Facilitator at Shull Elementary School, to purchase items for make the Focus Room more calming. Shull Principal Missy Mattingly is shown here accepting the grant award in Green’s absence.

Prize Patrol awards nearly $5,000 in grants
The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation prize patrol on Feb. 21 awarded nearly $5,000 in Classroom Impact Grants. There were 13 grant recipients at nine schools.

Led by Foundation President Phil Parke, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees, the group surprised teachers with presentations of oversized checks. Also participating in the prize patrol were these Foundation board members: Allison Bruflat, Brad Kiehl, Becky Klein, Meryl Lange, Penny Ramsey, Pam Steele, and Kim York.

The Foundation invited Ray-Pec staff members to apply for grants of up to $500 to be used this semester. A committee selected the recipients.

You can support the Classroom Impact Grants through a financial donation to the Foundation. Ray-Pec employees may also participate by payroll deduction. For more information, contact Executive Director Jodie Huston at  or 816-892-1368.


Fun with math
Math manipulatives
Math manipulatives
Kindergarten students at Timber Creek use new math manipulative items purchased through a classroom impact grant. The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation awarded $500 to Timber Creek Kindergarten Teachers Jennifer Halvorson, Stephanie Dusselier, Cindy Cohee, and Tricia Elmore to purchase math software and manipulative items.

K'NEX education kits
Using K'NEX kits
Engineering lessons
Seventh grade science students at Ray-Pec East Middle School are learning about engineering using K’NEX materials purchased with funds from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation. The Foundation awarded $455.30 to Science Teacher Valerie Craft for the K’NEX education kits to be used by all seventh grade students.

Learning about nature
Bird feeders
Outdoor nature center
Students in Catie Howlett’s Life Skills class at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School pose by two of the bird feeders they installed outside the school. Mrs. Howlett received a grant of $322.30 from the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation to purchase supplies for an outdoor nature center. She bought bird feeders and stakes for the feeders.

New headphones
Wireless headphones
Loving the new headphones!
Misty Beichley’s kindergarten classroom at Stonegate Elementaryreceived a grant of $150 from the Foundation to purchase wireless headphones. Two kindergarten students show how excited the students are about the new headphones. The Foundation awarded the money as part of its Classroom Impact Grant program.

Wireless headphones
Grant award
Funds for wireless headphones
The Foundation awarded $150 to Misty Beichley, kindergarten teacher at Stonegate Elementary School, to purchase wireless headphones.

Outdoor nature center
Catie Howlett
Funds for outdoor nature center
The Foundation awarded $322.30 to Catie Howlett, special education teacher at Bridle Ridge Intermediate School, $322.30 to purchase supplies for an outdoor nature center.

Supplies for electrical circuit unit
Classroom grant
Funds for electrical circuit supplies
The Foundation awarded $161.79 to Amy BeckErica DodsonCrystal Hawley and Stephanie Morrison, fourth grade teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School, to purchase supplies and eye protection to use when students investigate electrical circuits.

Leveled reading books
Classroom grant
Funds for leveled books
The Foundation awarded $400 to Katie Goodin, kindergarten teacher at Creekmoor Elementary School, to purchase leveled books for students to use in guided reading.

Books for early childhood library
Classroom grant
Funds for books
The Foundation awarded $500 to Laura Goodwin, early childhood teacher at Raymore Elementary School, to purchase additional books for the early childhood library. (This grant is projected to impact 120 students in the Early Childhood program.

Civil War-era literature
Classroom grant
Funds for Civil War-era literature
The Foundation awarded $500 to Kathy ShullRon BarnesRebecca Williams and Laura Streeby, eighth grade social studies teachers at Ray-Pec East Middle School, to purchase Civil War-era literature.

Non-fiction books
Classroom grant
Funds for non-fiction books
The Foundation awarded $244.65 to Jennifer Milligansecond grade teacher at Timber Creek Elementary School, to purchase non-fiction books for students to read at home.

Digital voice recorders
Classroom grant
Funds for digital voice recorders
The Foundation awarded $494.48 to Diane Ejjaidali and Linda Atkinson, foreign language teachers at Ray-Pec East Middle School, to purchase digital voice recorders to help students with pronunciation.

Apple TV and projector
Classroom grant
Funds for TV and projector
The Foundation awarded $500 to Macey WatermannNeil BarnesKatie Dowden, and John Heinemann, to help purchase an Apple TV and projector for freshman health classes at the north high school building.

Alphabet sounds teaching tubs
Classroom grant
Funds for alphabet sounds tubs
The Foundation awarded $209 to Deb Frazell, special education teacher at Shull Elementary, to purchase alphabet sounds teaching tubs to help improve student literacy skills.

Chromebooks
Classroom grant
Funds for Chromebooks
The Foundation awarded $500 to Megan Jones, fourth grade teacher at Peculiar Elementary School, to purchase Chromebooks for her classroom.


K'NEX education kits
Classroom grant
Funds for K'NEX education kits
The Foundation awarded $455.30 to Valerie Craft, seventh grade science teacher, to purchase K’NEX education kits for use by all seventh grade science students.

Math software and manipulatives
Classroom grant
Funds for math software and manipulatives
The Foundation awarded $500 to Jennifer HalvorsonStephanie DusselierCindy Cohee, and Tricia Elmore, kindergarten teachers at Timber Creek Elementary School, to purchase math software and manipulatives.