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Education Foundation Awards Grants for 2019-20 School Year

A record 21 Education Foundation grants totaling more than $35,000 will benefit 12,700 North Kansas City Schools students next school year. Winners were surprised during the annual Great Grant Giveaway April 15.

The Education Foundation’s program is named in memory of Dr. Dan Kahler, a retired district principal whose gift established the grant fund. Since 1997, the Education Foundation has provided 276 grants worth $385,000. Staff members submit applications that demonstrate creative and effective ways to meet student needs while increasing their achievement and motivation to learn.

In addition to the grants listed, the Education Foundation presented $500 to Johnathon LaMont, the facilities manager at Winnetonka High School, for scoring the highest in the district’s Culture of Excellence recognition program for classified staff. Kindergarten Teacher Laura Taylor of Chapel Hill Elementary School also received $500 for placing first among certified staff. They may use their grant money to benefit their students or schools as they wish.


Teaching Grants

Awakening Student Curiosity & Making the Body REAL for All Students: $500
NeQuelle DeFord, Oak Park High School

The Children's Picture Book Project: Students Publishing for Students: $995
Mark Anderson, Antioch Middle School

The Quiet Drummer Music Project: $900 (Continuing Grant)
Jeremy Faust, Gateway Sixth Grade Center

The Tower Garden Project: $917
Danette Roth, Eastgate Sixth Grade Center


Site Grants

Can You Hear Me Now?: $1,500
Elizabeth Thompson, Erica Agbaji, Machelle Minter & Roxanne Robke, Gashland Elementary School

Coding Playground to Go: $1,500
Jennifer Williams, Joy Hoke & Nikki Boekhout for Davidson, Chouteau, Maplewood, Ravenwood & Rising Hill Elementary Schools

Cultivating a Maker Culture: $1,500
Julie Badders, Courtney Bishop, Sam Rembolt, Natalie Ortiz, Nina Pulatie, Marci Droptiny, Brenda King & Shy Dreps, Clardy Elementary School (Building Leadership Team)

Designing the Future: Providing a Space to Develop Future-Ready Learners: $1,500
Stephanie Davis, Beth Andersen, Jennie Parra, Stephanie Hogue, Katelin Surgeon, Megan Peine & Antoinette Day, Chapel Hill Elementary School (Innovation and Technology Committee)

Engaging in Science! STEM FUN! $1,500 (Continuing Grant)
Susie Helwig, Staley High School

Going LiveSchool in 3…2…1!: $3,000 (Continuing Grant)
Reagan Allegri & Melisa Robinson, Maple Park Middle School

Kiko Makes the Best Better with 4-H: $2,000
Vanessa New & Tina Biggs, School Age Child Care

Proud to Be Me! Celebrating & Embracing Our Uniqueness: $2,000
Carol Cobb, Nashua Elementary School

Seating for Success: $1,891
Beth Andersen, Laura Taylor, Amie Tjelle & Jill Watt, Chapel Hill Elementary School

Spinning in the Library: $1,550
Angela Van Batavia, Oak Park High School

Strum 'N' Drum: $2,888
Ashley Porter, Crestview Elementary School

The Sensory Path to Better Behavior: $1,500
Mark Alfrey, Nashua Elementary School

Traveling Through Tonka Nation with World Drumming!: $2,800
Mallory McCoy, Topping Elementary School

"We've Got the Beat": Exploring Cultural Identities & Social Normalities Through the Rhythm of the Drums: $2,988
April Wilson, West Englewood Elementary School

Wheel Throwing: Equity & Inclusion Through Studio Culture: $2,845
Keith Ballard, Northview Elementary School    


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