A record 21 Education Foundation grants totaling more than $35,000 will benefit 12,700 North Kansas City Schools students next school year. Winners were surprised during the annual Great Grant Giveaway April 15.
The Education Foundation’s program is named in memory of Dr. Dan Kahler, a retired district principal whose gift established the grant fund. Since 1997, the Education Foundation has provided 276 grants worth $385,000. Staff members submit applications that demonstrate creative and effective ways to meet student needs while increasing their achievement and motivation to learn.
Several schools in Gladstone and those serving Gladstone students received grants. The teaching grants went to NeQuelle Ford at Oak Park High School for “Awakening Student Curiosity & Making the Body REAL for All Students," Mark Anderson for “The Children's Picture Book Project: Students Publishing for Students" and Jeremy Faust of Gateway Sixth Grade Center for “The Quiet Drummer Music Project."
In the team category, Julie Badders, Courtney Bishop, Sam Rembolt, Natalie Ortiz, Nina Pulatie, Marci Droptiny, Brenda King and Shy Dreps from Clardy Elementary School's building leadership team received a grant for “Cultivating a Maker Culture.”
Stephanie Davis, Beth Andersen, Jennie Parra, Stephanie Hogue, Katelin Surgeon, Megan Peine and Antoinette Day from Chapel Hill Elementary School's innovation and Technology Committee received a grant for “Designing the Future: Providing a Space to Develop Future-Ready Learners.”
Beth Andersen, Laura Taylor, Amie Tjelle and Jill Watt from Chapel Hill Elementary School received a grant for “Seating for Success.”
Angela Van Batavia from Oak Park High School received a grant for “Spinning in the Library.”