Classroom Impact Grants Spring 2015

Spring 2015 grants
The Raymore-Public School Foundation prize patrol on Feb. 13 awarded just under $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 BruflatBecky Klein, Pam Steele and Kim York.

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.


Equipment to create videos
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Funds for video equipment
The Foundation awarded $340 to Tara Zaner to purchase Camtasia studio software, a webcam and microphone to create videos. Tara is the Digital Learning Teacher at Creekmoor Elementary School.

Surprise!
Congratulations!
Grant presentation
Students at Peculiar Elementary School are happy to learn of the grant award for Physical Education Teacher Chris Roller.


Technology for physical education class
Congratulations!
Funds for iPad Air
The Foundation awarded $450 to Chris Roller for the purchase of an iPad Air and case for use in his physical education classes at Peculiar Elementary School.

iPad for Physical Education
iPad for Physical Education Class
Reading QR codes
Peculiar Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Chris Roller used grant funds to purchase an iPad for the school gymnasium. Students use the iPad to read QR codes regarding a skill or drill, take pictures and video for feedback, view video instruction of a learning target, and to watch YouTube presentations of certain skills. For the video instruction, Roller sometimes videos a student who has mastered the skill. This allows the student to take a leadership role, and be a "movie star" at the same time. When the iPad is not used for instruction, Roller uses it for data collection and as a station timer for the after-school Patriot Fit Club.

Supplies for social skills groups
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Funds for counseling groups
The Foundation awarded $360 to Eagle Glen Counselor Brenda Mackender. She plans to purchase supplies to be used to model and practice social skills and building relationships.

Stability balls
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Funds for stability balls
The Foundation awarded $120 to Ann Wellner to purchase stability balls. Ann teaches first grade at Creekmoor Elementary School.

Online reading program
Online reading program
Using RAZ Kids website
An online, interactive web site called RAZ Kids allows students at Raymore Elementary School to have access to leveled reading books anywhere. Reading intervention students used the web site at home and school. A grant from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation provided funds for the school to purchase licenses for the RAZ Kids site. Teacher Valerie Collom said, “This has been a tremendous opportunity for many students who were previously struggling to find the motivation to read outside of school. Students look forward to logging in, reading, earning stars and reporting their progress to their teachers.” The Foundation awards Classroom Impact Grants in the fall and the spring.

Surprise!
Surprise!
Check presentation
Foundation President Phil Parke presents a grant award to Valerie Collom at Raymore Elementary School.

Subscriptions to online program for reading
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Funds for reading program access
The Foundation awarded $200 to Valerie Collom at Raymore Elementary School. She plans to purchase two subscriptions to RAZ Kids, an online program for students to access reading opportunities away from school. This will provide 72 licenses.

Science lessons
Microscopic organisms
Taking a closer look
Grant funds from the Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation provided enhanced learning experiences for third graders at Creekmoor Elementary School. One grant funded the purchase of a web cam in fall 2014, and another grant funded the purchase of science curriculum materials in spring 2015. A “Frog Cam” was set up to live stream a frog’s habitat, and the stream was embedded on Aimee Wilson’s classroom website. After navigating to the website, students had a short form to complete to compare the frog’s development. During the science unit about Ecosystems/Life Cycles, students studied pond water through a microscope. They were able to observe organisms at a microscopic level and to compare them with organisms that can be seen with the naked eye.

Supplies for ecosystems unit
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Funds for science materials
The Foundation awarded $196 to third grade teachers at Creekmoor Elementary School to purchase science curriculum material to support the ecosystems unit in the spring.

Materials for 7th grade science
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Funds for science materials
The Foundation awarded $453 to Teacher Ashleigh Kaberline at Ray-Pec East Middle School. The funds will be used by 7th grade science teachers for a classroom science burner, white boards, dry erase markers, and 30 subscriptions to "Science World."

Apple TV and earbuds
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Funds for Apple TV
The Foundation awarded $229 to Deborah Hale to purchase an Apple TV and earbuds for use at the north high school building.

Surprise!
Surprise!
Grant presentation
Foundation President Phil Parke, at right, surprises Stonegate Elementary School Art Teacher Wil Codilla with a grant award.

3-D printer for art class
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Funds for 3-D printer
The Foundation awarded $400 to Wil Codilla to use toward the purchase of a 3-D printer. Wil teaches art at Stonegate Elementary School.

Technology for English I classes
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Funds for Apple TVs
The Foundation awarded a $500 grant to the English I teachers at the north high school toward the purchase of four Apple TVs.

Lighting and optics
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Funds for optics lessons
The Foundation awarded $500 to Lydia Baker, a 7th grade science teacher at Ray-Pec East Middle School. She plans to purchase supplies for hands-on lighting and optics lessons.

Technology for Shull Elementary
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Funds for iPad mini and Apple TV
The Foundation awarded a $458 grant to Keri Pinney for the purchase of an iPad mini and Apple TV. She is the Digital Learning Teacher at Shull Elementary School.

Supplies for social skills groups
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Funds for social skills groups
The Foundation awarded $360 to Bridle Ridge Counselor Piper Showen. She plans to purchase supplies to be used to model and practice social skills and building relationships.

Xylophone for music class
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Funds for xylophone
Students in Kay Miller's music class at Timber Creek Elementary School were excited about her $431 grant award. Kay plans to purchase a xylophone.