PHMEF 2019 Fall Grant Cycle Now Closed

The deadline for the 2019 Fall Grants closed on October 24. Between Oct. 24 and Nov. 20, the Grants Committee will select grants that will be approved by the P-H-M Education Foundation's board. Award winners will be notified by the end of November. Please come back for a list of winners. 


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PHMEF 2019 Spring Grants Announced

Congratulations to the following P-H-M staff members who were award innovative classroom grants during the Spring grant cycle. Events such as the Silver Mile Run for Education, Annual Drive, Superintendent’s Luncheon, Phone-A-Thon, and Casino Night fund our two grant cycles. 

EZ Form grant approved for $250 or less:

Work Experience Program –Penn High School – John Mott
Awarded: $228.89 – Implementing works skills for exceptional students

Oh Rats! On the Cutting Edge with Rat Dissection-Penn High School  – Shellie Harshberger 
Awarded: $195 – Rat dissection kit for freshman biology

Integrating Sensory Tools to Increase Student Success-Mary Frank Elementary – Jill Coffman
Awarded: $90 – Fidget devices and noise canceling headphones

Snap Circuits for 5th Grade Soft Start Morning Work-Elsie Rogers Elementary – Rachael Givens
Awarded: $151.95 – Snap Circuits kits for intro to circuitry and electrics

Solar Power For a Better Tomorrow-Penn High School – Jonathan Lockwood
Awarded: $250 – Solar panels will be used for environmental impact studies

Science Standard Resource to Support Differentiation with Instruction-Discovery Middle School – Shelia Toth
Awarded: $250 – Resource science books to support differentiated instruction

Shut the Box Algebraic Thinking Games –Elsie Rogers Elementary – Carlye Ponsler
Awarded: $178.68 – Easy to learn, algebraic thinking game for kids and adults

Creation Station-Horizon Elementary – Dorene Pond
Awarded: $239.12 – Art station to help students work through their emotions; refocus on learning

SALC-IHSAA Student Leadership Conference –Penn High School – Jeff Hart/Curt Rallo
Awarded $250 – Cover registration fees for the student leadership conference

Horizon Elementary Omnikin Ball Unit-Horizon Elementary – Danielle Snoeyink
Awarded $244.99– Multicolored ball allows for students to play different games outside of traditional ball games

Chatterboxes –Mary Frank Elementary – Lindsay Helman 
Awarded $250 – Boxes allow students to record their voices and reduce background noise

Building Strong, Unique Young Women Through Art- Schmucker Middle – Mary Goldthrite-DeKever

Awarded $237– Materials for girls to participate in art-based activities that focuses on self-awareness

Lunch, Munch, Board Games & Doodle With My Bunch- Schmucker Middle – Mary Goldthrite-DeKever
Awarded $247.48 – Provides games during lunch time

Guided Math Resources: Learning Wrap-Ups and Puzzle/Game Books- Elsie Rogers Elementary – Hollie Truckowski
Awarded $73.91 – Learning tool that utilizes visual and tactical learning senses

Nonfiction Flashlight Friday- Elsie Rogers Elementary – Hollie Truckowski
Awarded $194.99 – Nonfiction books; students can use flashlight behind page to reveal what is hidden in and around different places

Solar Cooking – Elsie Rogers Elementary – Diana Mendelsohn
Awarded $250 – Solar oven fun and unique way to cook food

PHMEF 2019 Spring Grants approved Traditional Grants:

LAMP Words For Life 
Horizon Elementary– Mandy Stanifer
Received $599.98
LAMP Words for Life is an app program that is a voice output communication aid that allows nonverbal students with autism and/or other disabilities to increase communication skills.

Hike Through History
Bittersweet Elementary – Patricia Heidkamp
Received $938.72
Hike Through History is for students to have access to materials that will provide them the information to act as a co-creator of a 45-foot timeline poster showing impactful people, landmarks, and historical events.

Hands Free in PE
Walt Disney Elementary – Tom Stanton
Received $558
Wireless headset microphone to better communicate with students, enable teachers to model technique and interact with students through instructions, and to preserve the vocal health of teachers.

Concert Lighting for Visual Performance Unit
Grissom Middle – Heather Baker
Received $987.25
Stand lights would be utilized in different capacities to provide a visual component for the audience.

Maslow Before Bloom SEL Library
Mary Frank Elementary – Lindsay Helman
Received $795.36
Books that cover numerous topics on social emotional learning to help students learn to accept strong emotions and cope effectively.  

Getting Better, Together
Penn High School – John Gensic, Jennie Mitchell, Danielle Black
Received $1,100
Video reflection software will improve student and teacher classroom speech, practice, dialogue, and engagement via specific timed asynchronous video peer feedback.

Metal Working to Make Visions Become Reality
Penn High School – Scott Shelhart
Received $2,500
Welding machine to be used for a new after-school club – the Kingsmen Metal Society – that will provide exploration and learning opportunities to people that would not otherwise be able to access the metalwork area. This is the first step to working toward involving the Arts in the shop areas, with the option of adding a metal sculpture class.

It’s All About the Bass … No Treble
Elsie Rogers Elementary – Erin Elliott
Received $1,439.69
This will provide a bass xylophone to the school. With proper care, this instrument can last decades. Adding the instrument will provide more opportunities for students during playing time to practice their music skills.

Cricuts in 132
Penn High School – Kylee Wetzel
Received $326.99
The cricuit machine is a smart machine that can use a computer to design their item they are going to cut. The machine will be used by Penn’s Child Development and Education Professions classes.

All The Feels: Sensory Word Work
Walt Disney Elementary – Trisha Leddy
Received $932
Sensory word work will enable students to improve their phonemic awareness, sensory development, and social emotional growth.  A container will be filled with a variety of materials to let children explore and manipulate letter, words, and sounds. It will also help children develop fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and language skills. 

Leaping Forward with VEX Robotics
Penn High School – Jim Langfeldt
Received $5,000
Starting in 2004, VEX Robotics Platform has been the backbone of mostly all applied pre-engineering projects in the STEM academy. This will provide updated materials allowing students to design, build, program, and test autonomous vehicles.

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