2016-17 Grants Awarded

Drums, books, iPads, microscopes and a robot petting zoo are among the items that the 2016-17 Spokane Public Schools Foundation grants will purchase for classroom projects and programs. The Foundation will present a check for $25,407.81, the total awarded to 35 grant applicants, to the SPS Board of Directors at the regular board meeting Wednesday. Since its beginning nine years ago, the Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in grants.

“It is so exciting and rewarding to visit the classrooms to see the creative use of the funds and how we are making a difference for the kids and teachers,” said SPSF President Gerald Winkler.

The Foundation provided grants ranging from $200 to $1,000 to school district staff for a variety of programs, equipment purchases, and creative projects that enhance student learning. Grants are awarded based on a number of criteria, including need, number of students affected, free and reduced lunch rates, and overall uniqueness.

The 2016 grant recipients are:

• Adams Elementary second grade: Literature Circles – higher level chapter book sets to challenge students
• Audubon Elementary first grade: GAME PLAN for Audubon – new curriculum for the developmental music program
• Audubon Elementary fourth grade: Field trip for STEM activities
• Balboa Elementary first grade: STEAM Day (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math)
• Bemiss Elementary first grade: Mathematics curriculum enrichment & intervention materials
• Bemiss third grade: Digital reading for ELL and intervention support (subscriptions to Raz-Kids)
• Bemiss Elementary sixth grade: Bemiss Family Book Study
• Franklin Elementary K-6th grade: Franklin Volunteer Reading Tutor Program
• Garry Middle School eighth grade: Empowering student leaders to change the MS culture (camps/training)
• Glover Middle School seventh grade: Learning outside of the box – special education, designed instruction
• Grant Elementary: Resource room tools – noise-reduction headphones, Kindle child tablets with educational games & balance ball seats
• Grant Elementary: Student growth & learning enhancement (stable ball chairs)
• Grant Elementary K-6th grade: African drums & African fabric for drummers and dancers
• HEART program seventh grade: 12 Weeks of Wellness
• Lidgerwood Elementary third grade: Enrichment of learning experiences for ELL students – iPad minis
• Lincoln Heights Elementary: Building a foundation for school success (Boardmaker Plus! software)
• Logan Elementary fifth grade: ALEKS adaptive math program – web-based math software for two classrooms
• Logan Elementary fifth grade: Drumline marching snare drums
• Longfellow Elementary first-third grade: Animal habitats and adaptations (hands-on materials)
• Longfellow Elementary second-sixth grade: Microscopes
• Madison Elementary first grade: Dreaming About Math! Dreambox licenses for 12 months
• On Track Academy 10th grade: Robot petting zoo
• On Track Academy 11th grade: Industry-standard stained glass studio (glass saw, light table & high-quality sheets of glass)
• On Track Academy 11th grade: Alternative student leadership council
• Rogers High School ninth grade: STEM/Maker space – CTE/STEM courses
• Roosevelt Elementary third grade: Wiggle our way to learning (balance ball chairs)
• Salk Middle School seventh grade: Blinking hearts at Salk – blink heart rate monitors
• Stevens Elementary sixth grade: General fund for Stevens K.P.W.E. makers club
• SVL ninth grade: Summer scholarships for high school credit courses
• TEC/Bryant seventh grade: Cross-curricular ozobots & coding
• The Community School 11th grade: TCS Robotics club
• Willard Elementary first grade: First graders in need of iPads for technology integration
• Willard Elementary first grade: Construction of a listening library – purchase 89 audiobooks
• Woodridge Elementary sixth grade: Elementary rocketry unit