Foundation grant squad delivers mini grants Friday

3/14/2014

Small grants bring big smiles

Small grants bring big smiles

By The Telegram

The Garden City Public Schools Foundation Grant Squad visited schools Friday to award mini-grants to help teachers enhance their classrooms.

The foundation received 12 grant applications from staff around USD 457. The grants are awarded to help support learning initiatives in the classrooms and may be used for a classroom, department, or individual staff development for a district employee.

According to a press release from USD 457, the Grant Squad presented mini-grant checks to the following teachers: Bryan Gilligan, art teacher at Kenneth Henderson Middle School; Steven M. Smith, Junior Leader Corps instructor at KHMS; Becky Wise, science teacher at Georgia Matthews Elementary School; Becky Clark, Junior Leader Corps instructor at Horace Good Middle School; and Amy Clubine, interrelated teacher at Horace Good.

According to the district release, Gilligan plans to use the grant to purchase painting supplies to transfer theories of art into relevant and real world design to six atrium windows in KHMS.

Smith and Clark plan to purchase cadet ribbons, awards and exercise equipment for the Junior Leader Corps program. The ribbons are awarded to the cadets who perform in community service and the physical fitness testing for the cadet's challenge. The program addresses prevention, education and teaching of core values, and has a curriculum centered around building leadership capacity and citizenship skills.

Wise plans to buy handheld digital microscopes to help differentiate learning for each student, from magnified viewing to capturing and downloading images, to uploading into reports and portfolios.

Clubine plans to purchase reading materials from different genres for students to get information to enhance their reading ability. The students will glean information from the different literature selections and answer questions on what they have learned to improve their comprehension.

The Garden City Public Schools Foundation was founded in 2004 and is a nonprofit organization that's goal is to generate, manage and distribute funds to enhance educational opportunities provided by Garden City Public Schools. The Foundation offers the opportunity to enhance the learning environment, increase the effectiveness of instruction and help strengthen and broaden ties between the schools and community. The Foundation functions in alliance with the Western Kansas Community Foundation.

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