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2022-2023 Classroom Impact Grants

Award Grant Project
$945 For Jennifer Wahpepah, Reed Sorensen and Alan Parowski’s AHS science students to learn about mycology and soil remediation through hands-on activities.

For softer lighting solutions for Lindsay McNeill’s class at AHS.

$490 For graphic novels for Isaiah Creel’s 9th grade Humanities students to interpret and better access Beowulf at AHS.
$430 To purchase spectrometers for Michael Gullo, Becky DeSalvo, Todd Hobein and Jesse Stonewood’s science classes at AHS.
$755 For the purchase of 3-D models to teach hands-on learning of each of the body systems in McKael Kenfield’s Anatomy & Physiology classes at AHS.
$1,425 For textbooks on religious diversity around the world for Ronan Dunphy’s World Religion students at AHS.
$650 For a new camera for Lucinda Ulrich’s Yearbook Class at AHS.
$2,000 For Maryetta Jacques’ AHS Interior Design students to design and create a functional space in the new Alternative Education space in the Lincoln building.
$600 For Becky DeSalvo and Max Malcomb’s Studio Art students to paint a mural on the doors of the science building at AHS.
$500 To equip Wendy Werthaiser’s classroom with games and puzzles to practice social-emotional team building at AMS.
$919 To purchase tile sets and number sense games to help Kylie Patinio, Allen Lambert and Vanessa Grant’s students better visualize math concepts at AMS.
$379 For prizes to incentivize Jeni Gonzalez’s Spanish students to pursue extra Spanish practice outside of class time at AMS.
$127 For a set of pots and pans that are compatible with the induction cooktop in Lucinda Miftahittin’s new MAPS classroom at AMS.
$500 For alternative seating options to promote more attentive focus in Jake Holderman’s homeroom at AMS.
$955 For binoculars, feeders, and collision prevention decals for Andre Carvalhaes’ Ornithology class at AMS.
$640 For balance discs and balance ball chairs to promote focus and engagement in Amy VanKuiken’s Language Arts classroom at AMS.
$675 To go toward online subscriptions for educational technology programs to support a wide and diverse range of learning styles amongst her Social Studies students at AMS.
$500 For various imaginative play toys for Lauren McGowne’s kindergarteners at Bellview Elementary.
$455 For clay, paints, pastels and other art materials for Lindsay Gates’ Bellview Elementary students.
$403 For a classroom set of a math-based game for Max Schmeling’s students at Bellview Elementary.
$883 For thermometers, timers, tapes and more for JoEllen Myerhoff’s students to learn math by measuring various elements during outdoor learning at TRAILS.
$329 To purchase trail cameras for James Bowers’ Earth Teach students at TRAILS to practice math and science by studying evidence of wildlife in the area.
$660 For high-interest novels and stationery to start small book groups in Amy Kneeland’s 2nd grade class at Walker Elementary.
$100   To purchase materials for students in Tara Elder-Hammond’s class to build their own board games at Willow Wind Community Learning Center.
$810 As requested by Erika Lowe for 9 classroom sets of headphones for learning stations throughout the school at Willow Wind Community Learning Center.
$150 For weighted blankets to support AMS students who feel disregulated so they can return to class more focused and ready to learn.
$174 For card and board games to faciliate learning community building in Ms. McMillian’s 7th and 8th grade Social Studies classes at AMS.
$180 To pay for Gimkit for all three of the AMS Social Studies teachers — an online quiz platform that gives teachers a technology tool to support a range of learners.
$200 For Spanish art posters for Señora Gonzalez’s AMS Spanish classroom, as well as craft supplies and salsa-making supplies.
$210 For balance cushions to help kids who need intermittent movement stay focused in Ms. Huson’s Language Arts class at AMS.
$210 To beautify the AMS library and enrich student understanding of American history by purchasing “Picture America” posters.
$235 For circuit-building kits to teach Helman students about electronics, problem solving, and energy transfer while also supporting an after-school program for 4th and 5th grade girls to explore STEM fields.
$300 For board games to help Ms. Beth’s AMS students engage with each other, create relationships, and re-learn social and emotional skills.
$400 To provide Ms. Van Kuiken’s Life Skills & Community Building students at AMS with hands-on budgeting, cooking, and art experiences. 
$420 For “Look Both Ways” with individual short stories by BIPOC authors, allowing for compassionate discussions by Ms. Wendy’s AMS students.
$450 For Mr. Burnham’s classroom at AHS to purchase a set of “All the Light We Cannot See” to provide students with historical fiction that offers unique perspectives on World War II.
$500 For materials to support AMS Language Arts teacher Ms. VanKuiken’s students during their descriptive writing and speech units.
$500 For Ms. Mendez’s Social Behavior Support class at Helman to use art therapy techniques to help students express themselves.
$510 For Ms. McMillan to collaborate with ScienceWorks to design an interdisciplinary field trip for AMS students based on planning a mission to Mars.
$586 To introduce volleyball to students at Willow Wind, with the goal of encouraging greater participation in middle school volleyball and other activities.
$598 For Ms. Kris’s art students at TRAILS to build their own adjustable easels and removable art boards.
$725 For headsets, maps, and other materials to create hands-on activities in Mindy Lindgren’s AMS Spanish class.
$900 To purchase the “Skeleton Creek” interactive hybrid book series to engage and excite growing readers in Ms. Jenny’s 6th grade class at AMS.
$990 To replace worn-out backpacking gear used by TRAILS students for multiple backpacking trips each year, including tents, water filters, stoves, and stakes.
$1,000 For iPads in Ms. Amy’s music classes at Helman to facilitate learning through music apps and recording tools, as well as translator assistance for ELL students.
$1,237 To expand “You’re Sew Mathy” at Willow Wind, a program using sew projects as part of a measurement and geometry unit.
$2,995 To send AHS freshman English & World Studies students who qualify for free-and-reduced-lunch to see OSF’s Romeo & Juliet.
$160 To create a comfortable and successful learning environment at Willow Wind by providing headphones, recognizing that some students benefit from a quiet space.
$180 To enhance cross-age relationships amongst K-3 students at Willow Wind by incorporating a common theme of owls into various classes, including theater, art, games, and a hands-on owl pellet dissection activity.
$850      For Paul Kitzman’s Inspire House students to learn independent living skills in the kitchen with food, cooking utensils, flatware and a new freezer.

2022-2023 Education Support Grants

Award Grant Project
$4,000 To support science lab aides at AHS.
$8,000 For music coaches to support strings students at AHS and AMS.
$5,000 To purchase science equipment for the AHS science lab.
$1,000 To support the Land & People Recognition installation at the District Offices.
$1,000 For all kindergarteners to work with AHS Woodshop students to make handmade Mothers’ Day gifts.
$2,500 For AMS to put on the Addams Family Musical.
$1,000 To purchase gas, grocery and coffee gift cards as incentives and barrier-reducers for students throughout the district to improve attendance rates.
$10,000 For teacher-advised professional development opportunities throughout the district.
$10,000 In gift cards for every teacher in the district to put toward classroom supplies.
$6,320 To purchase iPads to aid in decreasing language barriers and support students who are learning the English language.
$1,700 For laptops for the AHS Robotics Club to design, program and maneuver robots.
$4,770 For buying heart rate monitors for Ms. A’s AMS PE students to link heart rate with social emotional health and empower them to develop an awareness of fitness levels and emotions.
$2,440 To establish an Intro to Ceramics Class and afterschool club at AMS.
$500 To create a mural at Bellview Elementary honoring Indigenous People in collaboration with high school students.
$1,000 To support pollinator and compost education at the Bellview Elementary Food Forest.
$1,103 To purchase jump ropes and equipment storage for PE and recess at the new TRAILS campus.
$1,285 To establish Regulation Stations in K-3 classrooms at TRAILS and Willow Wind to help students identify and regulate their emotions to better focus in class.
$500 To expand the “Kindness Rocks” garden on the AMS campus.
$567 For multilingual posters highlighting scientists of diverse backgrounds to hang at AHS to encourage all students to envision a future for themselves in the field of science.
$900 To purchase a cutting machine and adhesive vinyl for AMS, which will be used to create quotes selected by student unions and leadership classes on blank walls in common areas, as well as custom stickers and nameplates.
$1,000 To hire an OSF artist to paint a mural on the music room wall at Helman that represents the diversity of Oregon and celebrates the history of the land.
$1,350 For Mr. Haldane’s DECA students at AHS to register for the International Career Development Conference.
$2,715 To provide portable wall surfaces for AMS to create adaptable spaces for student artwork displays.
$3,600 For a new laminator at Walker to be shared by all sites.
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