Foundation Impact Grants Fall 2015

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation prize patrol on Oct. 15, 2015, awarded $5,000 in Foundation Impact Grants to 12 grant recipients in nine schools.

Led by Foundation President Phil Parke, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele, 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: Rich Bartow, Allison Bruflat, 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.


Programmable robot

The Foundation awarded $500 to second grade teachers at Peculiar Elementary School to purchase Ozobots, a programmable robot to assist students with coding while working on STEM/STEAM applications. Board members are pictured here with Teacher Sheri Capper.


Alternative seating

The Foundation awarded $00 to Kindergarten Teacher Kim Rice at Shull Elementary School to purchase alternative and flexible seating for kindergarten students. This includes wobble chairs, step stools, stability cushions, and a chair wedge.


Makerspace supplies

The Foundation awarded $500 to Library Media Specialist Cindy Cohee and Fourth Grade Teacher Kelly Testerman at Timber Creek Elementary School for the purchase of supplies to enhance the Makerspace area in the library.


Numeracy curriculum

The Foundation awarded $500 to Teacher Katie Hamburg at Stonegate Elementary School. She plans to purchase Early Numeracy curriculum for use by special education students.



Music for RP Select Choir

The Foundation awarded $500 for the purchase of music for the 5th and 6th grade RP Select Choir. The choir includes students at Bridle Ridge and Eagle Glen intermediate schools. Music Teachers 
Stephen Rew, Eagle Glen, (top picture) and Kelsey Kurdle, Bridle Ridge, (bottom picture) work with the choir.


Reading books

The Foundation awarded $500 to Reading Interventionist Risa Bullard at Eagle Glen Intermediate School. She plans to purchase books for an interest-driven book choice library.


Stability balls

The Foundation awarded $250 to first grade teachers at Raymore Elementary School for the purchase of stability balls.


LEGO Robotics

Foundation President Phil Parke presents $470 to Teachers Erica Dodson, left, and Aimee Wilson at Creekmoor Elementary School for the purchase of a LEGO WeDo Robotics Kit for an after-school robotics club. Also pictured is Creekmoor Principal Dr. Jerrod Fellhauer.


Recording studio

The Foundation awarded $500 to Digital Learning Teacher Cari Bryant at Timber Creek Elementary School for the purchase of items for a recording studio at the school.


Exercise balls

The Foundation awarded $250 to second grade teachers at Raymore Elementary School to purchase of exercise balls.


Wind turbine science experiments

The Foundation awarded $225 to eighth grade science teachers at Ray-Pec East Middle School to purchase items to help students learn scientific inquiry with wind turbines. The students will design and conduct experiments to determine the benefits and drawbacks of wind energy. Board members are pictured with Teachers Michael Frey and Carol Holsman.


Special Education family event

The Foundation awarded $405 to the Special Education Department to assist with costs for the Family Winter Event. Board members are pictured with Jenny Tryan.