Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Education Foundation grants benefit schools

June 6, 2001

Five Tonganoxie teachers put funds from the school district's Education Foundation to good use during the past year.

"The foundation board is primarily looking for new, innovative programs to help fund," said Superintendent Richard Erickson.

The 1-year-old grant program is open to any faculty member who wishes to apply.

Erickson said the program got off to a strong start this year and he is hopeful it will be able to offer more grants in the future.

Grant money from the foundation is pooled from contributions from organizations and individuals. The amount of money available to distribute as grants varies, depending on the balances of the foundation. Of eight applications this year, five were funded.

"I am pleased with the Foundation's program and the way they are helping USD 464 develop some innovative programs," Erickson said.

These faculty received grants for the 2000-2001 school year:

Shannon Nickell, high school English teacher, $800, this year's largest grant. The money was used to purchase a digital camera for the Digital Chieftain, the high school's online newspaper.

Noda Hileman, Title I Math teacher, and Kay Prelesnik, fourth grade instructor, $375. Funds were used for the Math SUCCESS (Students Understanding Challenging Content Early for School Success).

The class is geared toward improving students' abilities in various math concepts, Prelesnik said.

"I felt attitudes were changed toward math in the class," Prelesnik said. "I am now hoping that test scores were improved via the state math assessment. We hope to offer this again."

The school district also helped fund the program.

Barbara Denton, junior high art teacher, $209.55, for the Warrior Wall graphics junior high program. Members painted a graphic on the cafeteria wall.

Sara Saunders, third grade teacher, $203.20, to pay for a storytelling program for black history month.

Biology instructor Pat Wakeman, $250, for environmental monitoring equipment.

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