PHMEF Grants

Fall 2018 Grant Cycle Opens

The PHMEF Fall 2018 Grant Cycle opened Monday, Oct. 1, for all P-H-M staff members. The cycle will close at 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Download the traditional and EZ form (grants requesting $250 or less) with the links below. For additional information or questions, contact Mari Linn Wise at or (574) 254-2893.

EZ Grant Form ($250 or less)

Traditional Grant Form

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.

PHMEF announces its 2018 Spring Grant recipients 

The P-H-M Education Foundation is pleased to announce its Spring Grant Cycle recipients. A total of $17,169 will be disbursed to P-H-M staff . A complete list is below.

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

 PHMEF’s 2017 Fall Grant recipients

The P-H-M Education Foundation is pleased to announce its Fall Grant Cycle recipients. A total of $16,750.17 will be disbursed to P-H-M staff in 13 of the 15 P-H-M schools. A complete list is below.

EZ Form grants approved for $250 or less:

1)   Increasing Expressive Language in Speech/Language Therapy
Northpoint, Mary Frank elementaries – Shannon Harrington/Abbey Kaiser

Awarded: $250 – Funding for Expanding Expression Tool program

2)  Steam Erosion and Deposition and Mineral Crystals
Horizon Elementary – Anna Lira

Awarded: $237.83 – Hands-on kits offer detailed learning on erosion and minerals

3)  Learning Toys for Students with Multiple Disabilities
Mary Frank Pen Pals Preschool – Tess Weaver

Awarded: $241.90 – Learning toys geared toward students with more severe disabilities.

4)   Flocabulary: Grammar/Vocab Made Fun
Penn High School – Francesca Varga

Awarded: $250 – Program that utilizes hip hop to create standards in math, science, social studies, current events.

5)   Clean Shop
Penn High School – Les Crooks

Awarded: $99.98 – Shop vacs to replace non-working vacuums to maintain a clean shop.

6)    ‘Lead-ers’ in Public Health
Penn High School – Courtney Porters and John Gensic

Awarded: $248.33 – Seniors to test lead levels in the P-H-M community with Lead Check Instant Test Swabs.

7)    Happy Numbers for Happy Kinders
Moran Elementary – Meg Csenar

Awarded: $249– Computer program that fosters individual growth in math

8)    Loud and Clear
Elm Road Elementary – Christy Cook

Awarded: $199.96 – Bluetooth portable microphones to be used by students when sharing presentations in class.

9)     Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom
Meadow’s Edge Elementary – Sarah Fish

Awarded $250 – Books that will incorporate musical concepts and enhance lessons in history, movement, and composition.

10)  Student Service Lounge
Schmucker Middle – Andrea Hoover

Awarded $250 – Provides additional seating in the front office for students waiting to meet with counselors.

11)  Playing to Learn
Moran Elementary – Stephanie Strasser

Awarded $175 – Subscription to Mathseeds, which is a comprehensive, blended math program created for early learners grades K-2.

12)  Physical Health & Growth
 Penn Pals Preschool and Bittersweet – Sara Barhydt
 Awarded $220.26 – Funds will be used to purchase scooters and storage rack that will be used to enhance balance and coordination.

13)  Adventures in Computer Science
Prairie Vista Elementary – Amanda Fox

Awarded $224.95 – Let’s Go Code will introduce computer science to lower elementary students

14)  Bearings
Penn High School – Evan White

 Awarded $150 – Bearings will be used to make axles spin freely, without friction in the Principles of Engineering class.

15)  Physics Guitar Unit Project
Penn High School – Jonathan Lockwood

Awarded $250 – Materials to build an electric guitar to teach physics, including acoustics concepts such as tension and resonance. Materials are reusable.

16)  Get Your Neon Read On
Elm Road Elementary – Ashley Kocsis

Awarded $223.20 – Supports close reading by using highlighters that will illuminate key  reading details.

17)  Fish Are Friends
Northpoint Elementary – Katie Zielinski

Awarded $126 – Classroom pet fish will enhance class community, teach responsibility. 

18)  High Interest Novels for Reluctant and Below Grade Level Readers
Discovery Middle – Jennifer McMillen

Awarded $248.75 – Books designed to encourage middle school students who are reluctant to read due to below grade level abilities.

Traditional Form grants approved for $250 or more

Full Funding

1)    Writing Mentor Texts
Meadow’s Edge Elementary – Leah Gerbeth

Requested $377.74 — Received $377.74
A collection of mentor texts books will be used in literature to provide concrete, quality examples traits of writing, ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation. Students will utilize these mentor texts as concrete examples as they build upon their own writing skills.

2)    Smart Music
Grissom Middle – Vickie Marshall

Requested $3,549 — Received $3,549
Band, choir, and orchestra students will benefit from the SmartMusic program that provides an
integration of technology, differentiated instruction, one-on-one tutuoring for those who need extra support. It allows students to perform music, watch and listen on their Chromebooks, and provides automatic feedback on their performance with correct notes highlighted.

3)    Sit and Read A Bit
Bittersweet Elementary – Patricia Heidkamp

Requested $1,249.67 — Received $1,249.67
Back Jack chairs will be used in the school’s library for students to use while reading. These chairs provide comfortable seating with a floor cushion and back rest. They can be used upright or in a reclined position and students will be able to easily maneuver the lightweight chairs around the library.

4)    Blast Off With Rocketbooks for STEM Success
Penn High School – Rebecca Tagliaferri and Jonathon Lockwood

Requested $2,400 — Received $2,400
A Rocketbook is a notebook with waterproof synthetic poly blend pages. These pages can be written on with a Pilot pen, highlighter, or markers. Students will be able to save assignments and can be sent to multiple locations such as the Cloud, electronically to email addresses or Google drives files or Dropbox, etc. Once the assignment is complete, these pages can be cleaned with water and ready to be used again. These Rocketbooks will be utilized in Math and Physics classes.

Partial Funding

5)    Bakers Gonna Bake
Penn High School – Cara Watt

Requested $3,950.65 — Received $2,410.65
Culinary materials will provide updated equipment for the Penn’s Nutrition and Wellness classes and Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management class. These new materials will allow teachers to put a stronger emphasis on organization and inventory, as most equipment will be purchased according to a color-coded system. Updated cooking equipment also will allow students to better plan and prepare healthy meals.

6)    iPads for Inclusive Preschool Classrooms
Elsie Rogers Preschool – Pam Walters

Requested $2,884.99 — Received $1,602
iPads have many ways to accommodate multiple learning styles and varying physical and mental abilities. Visual learners can easily see text and moving texts. Auditory learners can experience the lesson through sound provided by headphones or speakers. Kinesthetic learners can physically manipulate text, images and other stimuli directly on the screen with the touch of a finger.

7)    Exploring Science through a Literary Lens
Discovery Middle – Shonda Masterson

Requested $1,265.95 — Received $1,265.95
This project will immerse science students into non-fiction literature in their quest to gain knowledge and understanding in science and the scientific process. Students will be able to read scientific stories and extract evidence to make claims and conduct research.