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Academy School District 20 Education Foundation awards grants to teachers

Published: January 10, 2014, 12:13 pm, by Debbie Kelley

Bad weather didn’t spoil Academy District 20 Education Foundation’s efforts to raise money for grants for special projects.

The foundation canceled its annual golf tournament last fall due to inclement weather, but donors and sponsors came through anyway, to enable the organization to recently award grants to teachers for special projects. The amount totaled $13, 231.

The recipients are:

Mary Ellen Schaad, Douglass Valley Elementary, Beginning to Make the Old, New Again

$1,892 to purchase nonfiction resources in the subjects of math and science to create a library collection to encourage more students to read nonfiction books

 Rachel Miller, Douglass Valley Elementary, iPad initiative

$1,615 to purchase applications for teachers to integrate iPads into reading, writing and math lessons more efficiently, effectively and creatively.

Darlene Burkhart, Nancy Sauer, and Peggy Hays, Explorer Elementary, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Kits

$1,883 to buy four kits to provide students with an afterschool STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Club.

 Leah Hall, Foothills Elementary

$2,000 to purchase materials that will allow students access to nonfiction books that are tailored to a student’s independent or instructional reading level with the intent of moving that student toward higher levels of text complexity and introducing students to a variety of nonfiction text features.

 Jon Wuerth and Delene Hoffner, School in the Woods, Growing Naturalists

$1,592 to purchase materials to support the school’s gardening program, which provides students an opportunity to experience gardening and cooking through experience with plants and food preparation.

Jami Finn, Challenger Middle School

$249 to purchase apps to provide resources to meet the needs of students who are performing below grade level and require individual and systematic instruction.

 Derek Stach, Air Academy High School

$2,000 to buy probe ware to increase the use of technology in the science department, especially in the laboratories.

Terrie Watts, Discovery Canyon Campus High School, Amplification of DNA

$2,000 to purchase a T100 Thermal Cycler to provide students with opportunities to take limited amounts of DNA, amplify it and solve DNA problems.

For more information about the foundation, go to www.d20foundation.org