Foundation Board Member Kathy Calhoun said the organization awarded nearly $28,000 to instructors across the district. Those grants will go toward things like new musical instruments, classroom technology, art materials, books, desks and more.
Calhoun, chairwoman of the Foundation’s mini-grant committee, said she knows the impact these grants can make through experience.
“I am a former classroom teacher, so I am aware of what a person feels like when they’ve expended all their resources,” she said. “I know what it would be like after spending out-of-pocket money from time to time, then have someone walk in with a check for $2,000 and say, ‘We would like to support you in this project or that project.’”
One of the first schools the Foundation paid a surprise visit to was Mountain View Elementary School.
At Mountain View, RTI instructor Cindy Myers received $1,590 for new “flexible seating” in her classroom. Special education instructor April Shelton received $1,000 for new special education classroom materials, including weighted stuffed animals to ease students’ anxiety.
Third-grade instructor Lauren McIntire-Johnson was awarded $900 to buy new materials for science, technology, engineering and math lessons, and Rebecca Saunders received $1,749 for new pre-K classroom materials and equipment.
Each instructor submitted their grant proposal a few months ago. Saunders said the grants allow teachers to do more in their classrooms than they would be able to otherwise.
“We receive limited funds, so this is a way to grow and be able to experience more things,” Saunders said.
Thirty-six teachers applied for the grants, which are funded through the help of the Mooneyhan Family Foundation.
For more information on these grants, visit www.jcschools.org.