Teacher Mini-Grant Program
For more than a decade, the WASDEF's Teacher Mini-Grant Program has given district teachers the opportunity to enhance educational experiences and activities for students through innovative and creative projects or programs. Each year, between April and October, teachers are are able to submit an application to receive up to $1,500 for their classroom.
During the 2016-17 school year, the foundation awarded $9,803 to fund seven classroom projects and programs. Read the official news release announcing this year's awardees.
Since the program was established in 2005, the WASD Education Foundation has granted $89,444 to support 79 classroom projects and programs.
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Grants Help Support Program's Growth at Jackson Primary
Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) selected Jackson Primary School as a recipient of a $2,500 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant during the 2015-16 school year to expand and enhance its Tinker Town program that began last year.
Jackson is only one of 20 elementary and middle schools across the nation to receive the grant, which funds innovative programs aimed at fostering children's critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills.
Launched last year through a $1,500 Teacher Mini-Grant from the WASD Education Foundation, Tinker Town is an after-school program that provided a creative, hands-on opportunity for students. The program challenged students to think creatively and critically while exploring ideas through STEM.
The program saw an explosion of interest from the school's students and parents, and is providing an innovative lens that continues to redefine learning. Art teacher Sandy Corson, elementary librarian Sarah Bohnert, kindergarten teacher Rebecca Rockey and second-grade teacher Kerri Kotch are the program's leaders.
"Having 250 families express an interest in having their children participate is evidence of how this team's efforts are providing a fun and effective learning opportunity supported completely by volunteer efforts," said Principal Kirk Felix. "I am proud and privileged to be a part of this group."
In addition to the Crayola funds, the program team is once again using a $1,500 Teacher Mini-Grant through the foundation to help further develop other aspects of the program.