Foundation Awards 13 Apple Seed Grants

Foundation Awards 13 Apple Seed Grants
Posted on 12/01/2021
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The St. Joseph School District Foundation awarded $25,729 to 13 teachers in the district as part of the annual Apple Seed Grant program. Applications were submitted by 30 staff – mainly teachers and librarians. The projects submitted were unique classroom or school-wide initiatives that would provide SJSD students with support and unique experiences.

The following projects were recognized by the “Surprise Patrol” on Wednesday morning.

Amy Mayes
Amy Mayes, Bode Middle School: Bode Chefs

This grant will be used to create a cooking unit in the Life Skills classroom at Bode Middle School. Life Skills students are students who require extended time and direct instruction to grasp concepts such as kitchen safety, proper cooking procedures, recipe following, and other basic food preparations. This program will help students to grow into independent adults who can provide themselves nutritious, budget friendly meals.  
Awarded: $832.34

Adrienne Chleborad
Adrienne Chleborad, Lafayette High School: Translators for Inclusion

This grant will be used to purchase Timekettle Translators. Students with low English proficiency are limited by language. They cannot fully participate in the curriculum because of the language barrier, and they cannot participate in class discussions either. With Timekettle translators, students can participate in real-time, live conversations with their teacher or other students in class. Since the devices translate orally or in writing, students can have a live back-and-forth conversation just like everyone else. The objective for all students is to provide an inclusive educational model with improved learning, autonomy, and inquiry.
Awarded $3459.30

Lacy Cunningham
Lacy Cunningham, Hosea Elementary School: Partners in Learning
Funding from the grant will be used to purchase an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for 5th grade students at Hosea. This will allow students to participate in Partners in Learning, a student-centered approach that allows co-creations in resources and assessment. The project will be implemented immediately in the 5th grade classroom. The teacher will begin creating learning videos for the students based on the current unit. Students will begin learning how to make videos and produce their own within the first month of the project.
Awarded: $928.00

Lori Garza
Lori Garza, Parkway Elementary School: Campaigning for Peace and Integrity
As part of a six-week PBL unit called “Campaigning for Peace and Integrity: Making a Change,” 6th grade students at Parkway are learning about the Holocaust. Money from the grant will be used for busing, lunch, and exhibition fees to visit the exhibit “Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Way.” at Kansas City’s Union Station. Students will have the opportunity to learn history through primary sources. They will better understand the dangers of hate and will be able to educate others after acquiring an understanding of how to be empathetic towards others unlike themselves. 
Awarded: $1839.00

Kelly Robb
Kelly Robb, Carden Park Elementary School: Hands on Fractions
Cuisenaire Rods to teach fraction concepts with be purchased with this grant for use in grades 3-6. These materials will provide each student with the rods they will need to investigate fractional concepts at their grade level, a small group set for each teacher to use with RTI groups, and a magnetic set for teacher demonstration.  The manipulatives are not consumable so they will benefit over 300 students this year and be able to be used for years to come.
Awarded: $5507.46


Emily Swanson
Emily Swanson, Bode Middle School: Bode Pantry

Grant monies will be used to establish a pantry at Bode Middle School to distribute food and other necessities to students to alleviate stress associated with short term food insecurity and other financial constraints. The pantry will provide nutritious food options that will reduce hunger, promote personal health and wellness, and support student learning and engagement. The pantry will have support from Second Harvest Food Bank and has already designated 100lbs of food for the pantry.
Awarded: $2483.07

Charisse Giseburt
Charisse Giseburt, Truman Middle Schools: LED Learning
LED colored strip lights for classrooms will be purchased with funding from this grant. This project was advocated for by two students wishing to create a calmer atmosphere in their classrooms. Studies have shown that blue light can promote relaxation, feelings of safety and stability, and ease headaches. While green can enhance concentration, learning, and reading ability and retention. Librarian, Charisse Giseburt, helped the students conduct a survey to find out the interest level among students and teachers. The results were overwhelmingly positive with 17 teachers saying that they would like to have the lights in their classrooms. 
Awarded: $543.11

Tracy Hull
Tracy Hull, Early Learning Center: Self-Regulation Path
Grant monies will be used to purchase liquid floor tiles that will help early learners self-regulate their feeling and energy. It will provide a tie-in with Conscious Discipline training and will be another avenue to help preschoolers learn to breathe and control emotions. The materials provided by the grant will help students self-regulate when overwhelmed which will help foster a sense of well-being and inspire self-confidence. 
Awarded: $473.28


Sherry Russell
Sherry Russell, Central High School: Daily Life Skills
Various materials will be purchased with this grant to provide a facility that will allow the Daily Living Skills and Job Development students at Central to build their skills for maintaining a household. The goal is to create several work areas to build daily life skills in nutrition, food preparation, laundry, mending, cleaning, budgeting, and more. 
Awarded: $951.92


Tracy Verduzco
Tracy Verduzco, Central High School: Lingo Pens

This grant will be used to purchase Lingo Pens for English Language Learners at Central High School. This will help students improve overall literacy and learning of core content material. The Lingo Pen can translate to English from eight different languages by simply swiping the pen over the text, much like you would use a highlighter. The pen can be used as a dictionary, text-to-speech reader, and notetaker. Lingo Pens are much more discreet than in-class translators and do not require a teacher to be involved with the translation. This allows students to read and study independently at their own pace. 
Awarded: $4794.00

Melissa Corey
Melissa Corey, Robidoux Middle School, Biblio Bags for Teens
This grant will be used to purchase materials to create bags inspired by the subscription box model. The bags will be assembled according to 5 different themes. Each of the 5 themes will have 20 identical Biblio Bags containing a sticked, two themed books, a set of reflection questions, a maker project, and a snack. Books will be loaned for a two-week period and checked out under the student’s account for tracking. Students return the books after 2 weeks but keep the other items. 
Awarded: $1730.00

Annie Ray and Melissa Corey
Annie Ray & Melissa Corey, Robidoux Middle School, Novel Nation
Funding from this grant will be used to purchase books for a free bookfair at Robidoux called, “Novel Nation: Free Books for Badgers.” Each student will be able to select three free books from the book fair in the spring, giving all students, regardless of income, the joy of a book fair. In partnership with the St. Joseph Public Library, students will also be provided with information on the Summer Reading Program to increase students’ desire to read during the summer months, reducing the summer reading slide. 
Awarded: $1350.00

Jennifer Schoeberl
Jennifer Schoeberl, Virtual Academy: Let's Make Music
A musical makerspace at the Virtual Academy will be created by purchasing instruments with funding from the grant. Students will be able to create, collaborate, and musically express themselves. It is important for students to be able to collaborate with others and have spaces to express themselves in various way. Learning music can even help improve math skills. Studies have show that children who play instruments are able to complete complex mathematical problems better than peers who do not play instruments. 
Awarded: $837.37


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