Grand Forks Foundation for Education awards ‘mini-grants’ for 17 teacher-led projects


The Foundation is awarding $ 14,093 for projects that will have an impact on students of all grade levels, according to Emilia Hodgson, executive director. The “mini-grants”, which have been awarded by the Foundation since 1992, are generally intended for projects at the classroom or school level and cover all areas of the program.

The grant recipients for this round of funding are:

In primary schools – Susie Lancaster, Viking, $ 314, for “A Sweet Way to Start the Day,” to provide several STEM tools – such as Legos, tapes, and instant circuits – to help students make connections, communicate and be creative at the start of the day;

Katie Wood, Century, $ 386, for “The Spot (SEL (Socio-Emotional Learning) Curriculum for Primary Grades)”, to purchase SEL “On the Spot” books for Kindergarten to Grade 2 that include themes of courage, perseverance, teamwork, kindness, responsibility, patience and other character traits;

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Jessie pieper, Ben Franklin, $ 579 for “Sensory Learning in Early Childhood Special Education,” to purchase sensory and tactile tools to use in his early special education classroom;

Amy DeWitt, Century, $ 655, for “Equitable Instruments”, to purchase an additional xylophone to provide students with the most engaging experience possible during music lessons;

Cassie riewer, Wilder, $ 773 for “Getting the Most Out of Mentoring Texts,” to purchase additional mentoring texts for all grade levels in the school; texts are not included in the district school curriculum but are referenced in teachers’ course guides.

In colleges – Brooke Van Looy, South, $ 241, for “Practical material in a foreign language”, to purchase several games in Spanish, German, French and Latin, which touch on social, cognitive, physical and emotional development;

Josey chow, Valley, $ 285, for “Grade 8 Math Algebra Tiles,” which help students visualize concepts and better understand equations and abstract formulas;

Kat Puhl, Valley, $ 700, for “Higher Level Texts for Advanced Readers,” to purchase books used in 8th grade literature circles;

Justin johnson, Schroeder, $ 721, “Getting Flexible with Classroom Seating,” to purchase standing desks and rocking chairs that help students with a strong urge to move, to increase their ability to concentrate;

Nick pederson, Valley, $ 1,000, for School-Wide Traveling Manga Resources, to purchase popular “Manga” titles that can be shared throughout the school;

Anne Herbeck, South, $ 1,095 for “Connecting Creativity Using Strawbees”, to purchase a Strawbees construction set, to use with his Micro Bits, to allow students in his science classes to explore the process of ‘engineering.

In middle and high schools – Marilyn Iverson, STEP (Student Transitional Education Program), for “Alternative and Equitable Literacy”, to buy books for a mini-library on site, offering students access to literary works of different levels;

LoRia Novak, Valley Middle School, and Eileen Zygarlicke, Community High School, $ 800, for “Literacy Beyond the Classroom”, to purchase copies of Jason Reynolds’ book “Long Way Down”, for a student book study that meets via Google Hangouts for discussion and allows students to interact, listen and learn from each other.

In high schools – Emily kulas, Red River, $ 737, for “Let’s Get Graphic!” Tackling Complex Issues with Graphic Novels, ”to purchase a variety of graphic novel titles for the Library Media Center;

Maren DeWar, Grand Forks Central, $ 1,300, for its “Purple Rhymes with Orange Student Workshop”, to provide theater students with the opportunity to present an original multicultural production with North Dakota artist Patrick Kasper;

Sheri sletten, Red River, $ 1,420, for the “TI-84 Python Graphing Calculator”, to purchase 10 Python graphing calculators, for its enriched algebra class, which presents students with more STEM opportunities, including programming;

Lindsay Fugleberg, Red River, $ 2,305, for “biology microscopes” to purchase six microscopes that will be used by all science classes for a variety of experiments, including the analysis of various types of cells and tissues in organisms living.

For more information on these projects, contact Hodgson at 701-787-4866 or [email protected].


Sam D. Gomez