apply for mini-grants through a grant proposal distributed each year
by the district office. Applications are reviewed each fall by the
CEF Mini-Grant Committee. Those awarded mini grants are then able to
use those funds toward the cost of materials and items necessary to
complete each project.
Education Foundation Awards Mini Grants to Deserving Teachers
15, 2014 (CT) Brittany Tutt
Education Foundation presented its annual mini grant awards for the
2014-2015 school year yesterday (Tuesday) morning. More than $4,000 was
awarded to 10 projects throughout the Chillicothe R-2 district. These
grants help fund operations that might not have been a strong priority
otherwise. President of the Chillicothe Education Foundation, Ed
Douglas, said these grants encourage teachers to excel, and it allows
the foundation to reward those teachers for their great ideas. These
mini grants also benefit the students by expanding their learning.
said the Education Foundation typically gives out about $4,000 a year,
grants are usually $300 to $500. Out of the grant applications that are
submitted, about half get approved every year. These mini grants have
handed out annually for about 15 years, according to Douglas. The
these grants comes from Ed Milbanks's cocktail party fundraiser every
which happens around January or February. The event raises about
$20,000 a year, according to Douglas.
- Dan Venner - Field/Central - "Do You Like Good Music." -
- Amy Taylor - Central - "A new engaging classroom library" -
- Amanda Marsh - CHS - "Hornet Teacher Cafe." - $500
- Brandon Dennis, Vicky Duckworth and Michael Harrington - GRTS
- "Operation Techno Fruit" - $485
- Melissa Englert - Central - "Modular Robotics for STEM
Integrated Learning" $479.22
Beemer, Pamela Chapmen, Brandi Ellis, Kelly Griffith, Jenny Hill, Katie
Kerr and Heather McGraw- Field School - "Building the Foundation for a
Successful Future Through Non-Fiction Mentor Texts" $467.49
- Lisa Rule - CHS - "Purchase of Novels" $404.25
- Jenny Hughes - GRTS - "GRTS Business Safety Smart: Healthy
and Fit! for 10th-12th grade & kindergarten" - $303
- Kari Snyder, Andrea Marriott and Brooke Wolf - Dewey -
"Memories in the Making." - $300
- Annie Shipp - CHS -"I Can't Hear Myself Think" $240
and Central School teacher, Dan Venner, got the
biggest grant this year, which was $510.64 to use for his project, "Do
Like Good Music." Venner received a grant in previous years to purchase
ukuleles for his class. This year, the grant money went towards the
of ukulele textbooks, to better teach the children the art of the
were two $500 grants handed out. One went to 5th grade
teacher, Amy Taylor (above), for a new engaging classroom library. The
other $500 grant
went to high school life skills teacher, Amanda Marsh (below), for her
"Hornet Teacher Cafe." This "cafe" will allow her students
to make breakfast foods, smoothies, coffee and other morning goodies
high school teachers on Mondays and Thursdays. The teachers can place
and the students will fill the orders, as well as make a monthly bill
teachers in which the teachers are to pay at the end of each month.
this will teach her students math skills, job skills and cooking skills.
next largest grant was for $485. That grant went to GRTS
teachers Brandon Dennis, Vicky Duckworth and Michael Harrington for
project, "Operation Techno Fruit." The money for this grant went
towards purchasing miniature computers. Students can create different
on these computers, such as, humidity sensors and solar chargers. This
will teach students programming and electrical theory.
School teacher, Melissa Englert, received a $479.22
grant for her project "Modular Robotics for STEM Integrated
Learning." The grant money purchased robotic cube shapes, in which
students will learn programming for robotics, technology skills,
solving skills and critical thinking skills.
School second grade teachers Hilary Beemer, Pamela
Chapmen, Brandi Ellis, Kelly Griffith, Jenny Hill, Katie Kerr and
McGraw received a $467.49 grant for their project, "Building the
Foundation for a Successful Future Through Non-Fiction Mentor Texts."
grant money for this project went towards purchasing non-fiction books
their classrooms, so students can learn different reading skills and
during their reading time.
High School teacher, Lisa Rule, received a grant
for $404.25. Rule said, "My grant will be used to purchase several
sets of the dystopian novel, The Giver by Lois Lowry. Much of the
fiction written for young adults is dystopian in nature and this novel
enable us to begin the study of that topic. We will be incorporating
non-fiction pieces in this unit as well."
teacher, Jenny Hughes, received a grant for $303 for her
project, "GRTS Business Safety Smart: Healthy and Fit! for 10th through
12th grade and kindergarten. In this project, high schoolers will be
with the kindergarten class. The high schoolers will put on
the kindergartners. Next week they will teach the children about germs.
"It gives the high schoolers an opportunity to be role models for the
younger students," Hughes said.
grade teachers at Dewey: Kari Snyder, Andrea Marriott
and Brooke Wolf received a $300 grant for their project, "Memories in
Chillicothe High School math teacher, Annie Shipp,
received a $240 grant for her project, "I Can't Hear Myself Think."
"The grant money will be used to buy headphones for the math
ipad cart. Having headphones will allow
each student to be in a different place with any type of video that
them in achieving high standards. Khan
Academy is a wonderful tool to individualize success for students and
tutorial video," Shipp said.