Grants - 2009-2010 (spring)

Eagle's Nest Kiosk
Katie Murphy, Olathe North High School, $1,000

Digital Media Arts students will design, manufacture and exhibit an interactive, customizable, portable touch-screen kiosk that will create excitement for younger students about academic options at Olathe North High School.

Centered On Math & Reading
Tiffany Pinter, Fairview Elementary School, $1,000

These second-graders will have fun, hands-on, engaging material which reinforces reading, math and writing skills during their Center Time. Students will be able to work independently in groups and in pairs with fun games and manipulatives while their peers participate in guided reading with their classroom teacher.

Middle School Fitness
Jeff Zimmerman, Pioneer Trail Junior High School, $4,940

Sixty minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily benefits students not only physically but also mentally, socially and behaviorally. Modern weight equipment, resistance bands, and stability balls will provide each student an opportunity to get “real-life” exercise experiences during their middle school years, changing the way physical education is taught to this age level.

Laptop Lending Library
Brad Hankins, Olathe North High School, $4,800

Some students who ride the bus are not able to stay after school to use the computers and do not have transportation to the public library. This grant provides a laptop computer lending library to students who do not have technology in their homes. Students may now check out the laptop to complete their assignments.

Reading Rocks!
Janis Waggoner, Indian Creek Elementary School, $985

Four different evening sessions throughout the year will provide training for Title I school parents on how they can become more effective teachers of their own children and promote parent involvement in the areas of reading and writing. Parents will make and take home games as well as other materials vital to extended learning during the summer months.

Leap Into Learning
Lori Hoisington, Rolling Ridge Elementary School, $995

Leapfrog learning games can be personalized for the individual academic needs of these second grade students providing a fun and game-like approach to learning at school and at home.