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PHMEF awards $17,458 in Fall 2018 Grants

The P-H-M Education Foundation is pleased to announce its Fall Grant Cycle recipients. A total of $17,458 will be disbursed to P-H-M staff. A complete list is below.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996, more than $1 million have been distributed in innovative teaching grants supporting P-H-M teachers, staff, and students. The Grants Committee is comprised of Foundation board members, community representatives, and a P-H-M administrator who evaluate each grant application.  From the success of the P-H-M Education Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala in May 2016, an additional $10,000 is available for grants.

EZ Form grant requests for $250 or less:

Every Child Can Be a Genius
Meadow’s Edge Elementary – Stacy Miller

Awarded: $248.50 – Osmo Genuis Kits & Coding Jam Games for math and reading skills

Lend Me Your Ears. Is That In Tune?
Discovery Middle  – April Oppenheim

Awarded: $250 – Nineteen snark tuners for orchestra classes

Real World Newton’s Third Law Activity
Penn High – Bruce Bergeron

Awarded: $190 – Two 3B weighing scales for Chemistry/Physics students

Self Regulated Silence
Mary Frank Elementary – Lindsay Helman

Awarded: $67.41 – Noice cancelling headphones for students who need to work in silence.

Fine Motor Activity Kit
Moran, Disney, Elm, Meadow’s Edge Elem– Wendi Buckley

Awarded: $247.77 – Items for help strengthen fine motor/coordination skills

Mustangs Give Back
Mary Frank Elementary – Lindsay Helman and Jill Coffman

Awarded: $250 – Materials for after-school leadership club with a mission of educating students about giving back.

Classroom Maestro in the Piano Lab
Discovery Middle – Tammy Bilotta

Awarded: $250 – Software that allows students to see keyboard notes as the teacher plays.

Social Emotional Learning Books for Children
Horizon Elementary – Joann Hartline

Awarded: $237.39 – Books pertaining to the social well-being of children.

Health Office – Student Clothing
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Cynthia Huemmer

Awarded $75 – Clothing and bins for students who need change of clothes during the school.

SLP Toolkit Subscription
Northpoint/Mary Frank Elementaries – Shannon Harrington and Abbey Kaiser

Awarded $180 – Software provides monitoring tools for students who need speech and language support

I Pity The Stools
Schmucker Middle – David Sears

Awarded $250 – Materials for students to design and build stools for the science lab.

Flocabulary Learning the Fun Way
Walt Disney Elementary – Amber Davis
Awarded $120 – Classroom subscription for Flocabulary that contain lessons and quizzes.

Traditional Form grant awarded 

 Fostering Motivated Lifelong Readers
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Carlye Ponsler

Received $611.70
Various literary materials that help students develop a love and understanding of reading. Materials will reinforce skills that are being taught and are vital to the third-grade literary standards. They will help students as overall readers, as well as with the individual skills necessary to understand different types of texts.

 Horizon Kids Can Code
Horizon Elementary – Ann Lira

Received $2,637.49
Eight iPads and covers for the use of PLTW instruction at the fourth-grade level. Currently has to share with the kindergarten and second grade classes. PLTW units of study use Apps which require a touch screen tablet.

Drumming 101
Walt Disney Elementary – Rikki Thompson

Received $893.36
Drumming is an excellent way to teach students how to follow cues of the conductor; how to read and follow sheet music; and is an excellent instrument to utilize for composition. Drums are a great instrument to have they do not require time to tune nor are the pieces likely to break.

Rest For the Weary
Walt Disney – Melissa Heim and Wendi Buckley

Received $1,600
Therapeutic horseback riding has existed for many years. The natural movement of the horse moves the riders body similar to the human gait. Often students wiggle and become distracted in class because their bodies can’t adequately sustain the requirement to sit. The REST is a patented seat that simulates a walking horse’s gait.

Project Lead The Way App Creators
Grissom Middle – Chris Rosselit

Received $2,287.52
Sixteen Android tablets for students to use for mobile app creation. The purchase of these tablets will allow Grissom to offer a course in computer science through the existing PLTW program. The course will allow students to gain exposure to the fundamentals of computer programming and build their computational thinking skills.

Here’s Your Sign
Elm Road Elementary – Lisa Soto Kile

Received $603
Fifty Student of the Month yard signs for parents to take home in conjunction with the school’s current program that promotes students’ accomplishments throughout the year.

Aim High, Achieve, and Celebrate Equitably
Penn High  – John Gensic

Received $356.76
Covering the cost of 18 of the 51 Early College students traveling to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago at an year-end trip. The trip will allow students to connect to biological concepts.

End-Of-Year Reading Celebrations
Walt Disney Elementary – Vivian Haney and Sally Zdziebko

Received $675
Students who have met seven out of eight monthly reading goals will be invited to participate in the End-Of-Year celebration. Students will receive gift bags as part of the incentive program.

Mind Your Mindset
P-H-M Elementary Schools – Heather Bell

Received $524.23
Youth Bureau Service’s program – Mind Your Mindset – focuses on building a positive growth mindset of social and emotional learning in preventing bullying, school violence, conflict and suspensions in all 11 P-H-M elementary schools.

Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Earth
Penn High – John Gensic,

Received $2,408
Students will use 12 FLIR One thermo cameras to participate in the lab activities and home energy audits using thermal cameras and kill-o-watt meters. These activities will help students grow in awareness of the hidden loses of energy throughout the spaces they occupy.

DMS Breakout Boxes
Discovery Middle — James Howard

Received $1,600
Similar to escape rooms, a breakout box allows a group of students to work together as they solve a succession of hands-on, interlocking puzzles. The usage of breakout boxes can require students to think beyond a single classroom and content learning.

Mindful Kindergarteners
Prairie Vista Elementary – Sara Hammond

Received $1,000
Mindfulness practices to be introduces as a means to achieve attentiveness in class, independent work, self control, adjustment to various situations, follow directions. Research findings on the benefits of mindfulness practices suggest powerful opportunities for application in the classroom. Mindful U program teaches children yoga and mindfulness tools using playful, interactive activities.

Spring 2018 Grants

1)  Social Studies Podcast
Discovery Middle – James Howard

Awarded: $219.96 – Funding for Blue Yeti microphones

2)  Core Balance Discs
Elm Road Elementary – Sara Pillow Bowen

Awarded: $167.88 – Alternative seating of balance discs

3)  Breakout EDU in the Library
Horizon Elementary – Adrian Selmon

Awarded: $150 – Breakout kits for 12-month access and 10+ subject packs

4)    Presenter Tool Addition
Northpoint Elementary – Nichol Mondy

Awarded: $44 – Wireless remote for slideshow presentation

5)  Preschool Portfolios for Penn PALS Preschool
Bittersweet Elementary – Kristi Vandygriff

Awarded: $249.68 – Materials to create student notebooks

6)  Girls Empowered
Penn High School – Derrick White, Amanda Bates, Emily Lehman

Awarded: $250 – Materials and food for monthly meetings

7)  Student Feedback Conference
Walt Disney Elementary – Jordan Binion

Awarded: $200– 1-day conference fees

8)  Wiser with Words
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Dorene Pond
Awarded $146 – Vocabulary games

9)     Future Problem Solvers of Second Grade
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Holli Truckowski

Awarded $84 – Math program’s teacher manuals

10)  Classroom Digital E-writing tablets
Elm Road Elementary – Courtney Miller

Awarded $250 – Funds to support digital tablets in the classroom

11) Preschool Treasures
Mary Frank PALS Preschool – Theresa Byszewski

Awarded $250 – Learning toys for preschool students

12) The Heat Is On
Penn High School – John Gensic and Jon Lockwood

Awarded $230 – Funds to purchase infrared camera. 

13) Learning That Sticks
Moran Elementary – Stephanie Strasser

Awarded $115.50 – HeidiSongs for use as learning tools

14) Drill to Success: Free the Puma
Prairie Vista Elementary – Shelley Lebiedzinski 

Awarded $250 – Reward program that includes animal presentation and entry to the zoo

15) Reading Hawk’s Celebration
Meadow’s Edge Elementary – Becky Richhart

Awarded $250 – Fun day for a reading reward program

16)  Be An InspiraSUN: The Lunch & Learn Café
Horizon Elementary – Jessica Moore

Awarded $250 – Activity station and organizational materials

17) STEM
Prairie Vista Elementary – Rose Montgomery and Michelle Sanchez

Awarded $199.96 – Magnetic tiles for STEM program

Traditional Form Grants approved for $250 or more

Full Funding

1)  Make It Fun; Make It Stick
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Carlye Ponsler

Requested $697.89 — Received $697.89
Some of the most difficult skills to master in third grade are multiplication facts and fractions. MUGGINS! Math Games are hands-on materials that build thinking skills and increase self-confidence through award-winning board games and manipulatives.

2)    Dot & Dash Club Pack
Title 1 Elementary Schools – Jessie Kinney

Requested $784 — Received $784
Dot and Dash Club Pack will help students for the future and open them up to learning and understanding the language of code. This pack will expand the teacher’s current technology with two Dot robots, four Dash robots, two launchers, and two challenge card boxes.

3)    Promoting Literacy and Learning Through Self-Created Imagery
Discovery Middle – Whitney Emeigh

Requested $3,000 — Received $3,000
This project will offer students new ways to display artwork, create projects, and advocate for in-building programs. The poster maker has a design feature allowing students to create digitally bright visuals; the scan feature turns hand-drawn materials into a professional project; and also has a laminator component.

4)  Tablets for the Elementary Classroom in PLTW and Bittersweet
Bittersweet Elementary – Matthew Bodnar

Requested $2,682.28 — Received $2,682.28
Currently, the school only has one tablet that is utilized under a document camera. This grant funds eight iPads so a classroom of 32 can work in group of 4 for small group work. With this set of tablets, students will be able to complete modules for Project Lead the Way.

5)  STEM Boxes
Bittersweet Elementary – Michelle Leniski

Requested $733.81 — Received $733.81
The STEM boxes will be filled with innovative instructional materials for students to explore and discover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics. Each classroom table will receive a box and within each box will be a task with instructions. Each box is designed to create opportunities for students to discover and apply real world problems through creative learning tools.

Partial Funding

1)  Increasing Cultural Awareness & Library Diversity in Middle School Libraries
All P-H-M Middle Schools – Luann Mayer and Rachel Givens

Requested $2,958 — Received $1,500
An intercultural library will be created allowing multi-lingual students from Discovery, Grissom, and Schmucker to access a variety of books which focus on characters with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and languages.

2)  Break Time Boxes
Elm Road Elementary – Audrey Kim

Requested $2,000 — Received $1,864.74
Materials will build upon a previously Foundation funded program and expand the capability of the program. The goal of Break Time Box is to let challenged students use manipulatives to calm themselves in the classroom setting.

3)  Tablets for Apps
Discovery Middle – Tim Braunsdorf

Requested $2,879.84 — Received $2,600.19
Tablets will be used in PLTW classes that will support developing mobile apps. A major component of the class is the use of MIT App Innovator software that allows students to develop mobile apps for the android operating system