Empowering Carlisle Community Schools Foundation Awards Grants to:
“Help Teachers, Help Students”
This month, the Empowering Carlisle Community Schools Foundation board met to award $3128.75 to Carlisle School teachers for academic projects that would only be a dream without Foundation grant money. Each year, the Foundation receives a percentage of money from our endowment fund to award teachers, via a grant application process, to financially support classroom projects. These projects directly enhance Carlisle students’ learning opportunities.
Congratulations and thank you to the following educators who were awarded academic grants to fund projects that Help Teachers, Help Students!
1.) LEGO Engineering Initiative: The Foundation awarded $374.34 to Carlisle Elementary Kindergarten teacher, Jeni Warwick to purchase the needed Lego sets and teacher’s guide to expand hands on learning for Kindergarten students.
2.) FIRST Lego League: The Foundation awarded $110.00 for the purchase of needed supplies to build a robot game table at Carlisle Middle School. This purchase will support extended learning opportunities in the extra-curricular program run by science teacher, Alison Mohr.
3.) Independent Reading Books: The Foundation awarded $641.52 for the purchase of curriculum supporting independent reading books for Carlisle Middle School classroom libraries to literacy teacher, Karen Martens and colleagues. These books will improve student access to quality reading materials.
4.) Algebra in Motion: The Foundation awarded $187.00 to purchase the Algebra in Motion software and update the Calculus in Motion software to math teacher, Tim Schwickerath. These items will improve the visual instruction of math concepts for many levels of Carlisle High School math students.
5.) Elementary STEM Lad iPads: The Foundation awarded $1290.00 to purchase of 3 iPads for the newly created Carlisle Elementary STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) program. This will improve student access to the lessons/labs being used by teacher, Jen Williams.
6.) Band-Aids for Instruments: The Foundation awarded $253.93 to support 5th grade-High School Carlisle band instructor, Michael Kosiek in his efforts to purchase general repair and maintenance supplies for 5th-high school band instruments. This will help keep instruments in the student’s hands for learning and help to lower additional costs associated with repairs.
7.) Sphero 2.0 Technology: The Foundation awarded $289.96 to purchase the innovative and interactive Sphero 2.O technology to K-5th grade technology teacher Dan Carver. This technology will expand students’ exposure to programmable technology in a fun and engaging way.
Thank you to local businesses and patrons who have generously donated money to the Empowering Carlisle Community Schools Foundation. The School Foundation board members are working hard to grow our endowment fund and make the financial benefits to our teachers grow as well. Please consider financially supporting our Foundation‘s goal, which is to “Help Teachers, Help Students”!
Community members can learn more about the Empowering Carlisle Community Schools Foundation several ways:
1.) Visit the Carlisle Schools website www.carlisle.k12.ia.us, (Click on the heading “Parents”, then click on School Foundation.)
2.) Pick up an informational brochure at any school office district-wide.
3.) Contact Foundation Chair, Susan James (577-8319) about how you can support the Foundation’s goals. Other dedicated board members that would welcome the opportunity to discuss the School Foundation with you are: Jen Rowray (vice-chair), Machele Henderson (treasurer), Kerry Morlan (secretary), Wanda Hunter, Matt Laughlin, Jason Bradshaw, Gary Sinclair and Brandon Eighmy (school liaison and member Ex-Officio – 989-3589)
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the School Foundation, checks can be sent to Carlisle Community Schools, 430 School Street, Carlisle, Iowa 50047. Make checks payable to: Empowering Carlisle Community Schools Foundation. Please Note: An additional tax credit from the Endow Iowa program may be available for this donation.