PHMEF Grants

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996, more than $520,000 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.

Fall 2016 Traditional Grant Recipients

Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain: Active Seating in the Classroom
Moran Elementary – Stephanie Strasser
Grade K  —  20 students
Awarded $1,000
Research supports the benefits of “active” seating to enhance the learning environment. Active seating improves attention and concentration, posture, blood flow, flexibility, coordination and balance. Students will demonstrate the ability to stay focused and energized throughout the day with the use of 12 stability balls and 6 Hokki stools.

 Alternative and Flexible Seating for the Elementary Classroom
Bittersweet Elementary – Leslie Metcalf
Grades 4  —  40 students
Awarded $994.49
This grant will allow the teacher to convert her traditional classroom seating into a flexible or alternative style. Providing new seating would help students to be mobile and active while completing tasks. Four Hokki stools, four ball chairs, and two sets of six floor cushions will be used in the classroom.

Choral Risers for Elm Road and Elsie Rogers
Elm Road and Elsie Rogers elementaries – Emily Nakayama and Erin Elliott
Grades K-5  —  850 students
Awarded $6,000
The elementary schools are in need of new risers for a variety of events at both schools. Currently, each elementary has a set of outdated and damaged risers. This grant will purchase a set of six new risers, which will be shared between Elm and Elsie Rogers elementaries. The new risers will allow set up by any teachers, instead of utilizing custodial staff. Storage will also be more efficient because the design of the new risers.

iPads for Learning and Reporting
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Jessie Kinney and Dorene Pond
Grades 3-5 — 150 students
Awarded $1,950
All Elsie Rogers staff use Classroom DoGo behavior management programs to promote positive behavior for learning. Students’ daily successes or areas needing improvement are reported directly to parents throughout the school day. A component of the DoJo program is a feature that allows students to showcase their work in a portfolio. With the use of six iPdas, students will capture images of the work they created at schools.

 Front Row Education Math – Inquiry Based Learning
Meadow’s Edge Elementary – Madelyn Albright
Grades 3-4 — 140 students
Awarded $1,540
The Front Row Education Math Project is designed to engage students in Inquiry Based Learning activities. It is an online program designed to provide math concepts at differentiated learning levels to help meet the different learning needs and styles of each students. The school is currently using the free version that has limited access to programs. A paid version will allow access to 23 Inquiry Based Learning lessons for 3rd grade and 26 Inquiry Based Learning for 4th grade.

Sustaining and Growing the Grissom Drum Brigade
Grissom Middle School – Adam Emeigh
Grade 6-8 —  20 students
Awarded $903.76
The Grissom Drum Brigade program has been a successful part of the middle school. The group has performed at not only school events but also at events within the local community. This grant will support equipment needed to prolong the use of current instruments, such as stands, bass drum rim shooter, and tenor and snare sticks.

Buddy Bench
Bittersweet Elementary – Karen Powers and Michele Leniski
Grades K-5  —  452 students
Awarded $1,251
The Buddy Bench is intended to directly help children with the struggles of feeling lonely or isolated during recess. Students who are feeling alienated from others will often isolate themselves. Students will know that sitting on the bench is a safe place where other classmates can come and ask if they want to play or just sit and talk.

Fall 2016 EZ Grant Recipients ($250 or less)

Earth Science – Rocks and Minerals
Prairie Vista Elementary – Roger Hansel
Awarded: $216.70

Bluetooth Music Room for a Blue Ribbon School
Prairie Vista Elementary – Amy Gallo
Awarded: $182.44

Biology Teacher’s Real DNA Comparison
Penn High School; Freshman and Early College Biology – Robert Berkheiser & John Gensic
Awarded: $225

Penn Physics Research Lab
Penn High School – Jonathan Lockwood
Awarded: $200

Cost Effective Alternative Seating for Preschoolers
Penn PALS Preschool at Bittersweet – Sara Barhydt
Awarded: $225.05

Integrating the Visual Arts, Music and Sports at DMS
Discovery Middle School – Anne Napoli
Awarded: $246

Anthem Club
Penn High School – Lavon Oke
Awarded: $123.75

Phone Mats
Mary Frank Elementary – Anna King
Awarded: $240

Upgrade Tap Set
Penn High School – Les Crooks
Awarded $116.54

Improving Manufacturing Safety
Penn High School – Les Crooks
Awarded $139.84

Documenting POE, IED, and Areospace Engineering
Penn High School – Jim Langfeldt
Awarded $199

Newton’s 2nd Law Experience
Penn High School – Bruce Bergeron
Awarded $214.99

Smartphone Mounts for High School Journalists
Penn High School
Awarded $199.50

Driver’s Station Laptop for Penn Robotics
Penn High School – Jim Langfeldt
Awarded $250

Expanding Manufacturing End Mill Set
Penn High School – Jim Langfeldt
Awarded $203.51

The Wonder of You
Horizon Elementary School – Ann Lira
Awarded $250

Drum and Bugle Corps Video
Discovery Middle School – Murray Weaver
Awarded $161.84

Put the Pedal to the Metal
Elm Road Elementary – Christy Cook
Awarded $244.93