The Grand Forks Foundation for Education is awarding $35,910 this spring for a variety of enrichment projects in Grand Forks public schools.
Impact Grants, totaling $26,938, are being awarded to: Trina Connell and South, Schroeder and Valley middle schools, $4,938, for “Sixth Grade Music iPad Integration”; Kim Sande and the Reading Recovery program, $7,000, for “Integrating the Science of Reading into Elementary Reading Interventions”; and Alex Hovey and Red River and Grand Forks Central high schools, $15,000, for “RRHS and GFC Recording Studios.”
The Bill and Shirley Brown Endowment for Education has funded the Impact Grants since 1992. Income from the endowment is used to fund projects, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, that have the potential for lasting influence at the district or grade level, or at one or more schools, according to Emilia Hodgson, the foundation’s executive director.
A total of $8,972 in Mini Grants is being awarded for 10 projects. Awards are usually given for classroom-level or grade-level projects. All areas of curriculum and all grade levels are eligible for Mini Grants.
The recipients are:
Ashley Vinje and Lake Agassiz Elementary School, $358, for “Graphic Novels for Guided Reading; Tracy Whalen and Lake Agassiz Elementary School, $558, for “Exploring Countries”;
Mikayla Borud and Winship Elementary School, $1,100, for “ ‘Uke’ Can Do Anything”;
Adam Eckert and all elementary and middle school physical education programs, $1,579, for “Cross Net Co-Up”;
Angie Gietzen and South Middle School, $400, for Resiliency Book Club”; Grant Larson and South Middle School, $557, for “Let’s Build It -- Keva Planks”;
Aimee Rogers and South Middle School, $627, for “More Manga Mania”; Justin Johnson and Elroy Schroeder Middle School, $1,173, for “Reaching All Readers”;
Tim Gregoire and Valley Middle School, $1,320, for “Makerspace LittleBits STEAM Kits”; and
Ligia Carino Feo and Grand Forks Central High School, $1,300, for “Sensory Materials for Students with Special Needs.”