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Grand Forks foundation funds educational enrichment projects

Almost $38,000 in grants is being awarded by the Grand Forks Foundation for Education this spring for a variety of educational projects in the Grand Forks School District. Five projects, totalling $29,011, have been funded with Impact Grant award...

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Almost $38,000 in grants is being awarded by the Grand Forks Foundation for Education this spring for a variety of educational projects in the Grand Forks School District.

Five projects, totalling $29,011, have been funded with Impact Grant awards, said Emilia Hodgson, executive director of the foundation.

Impact Grant awards are funded by income from The Bill and Shirley Brown Endowment for Education. Projects that receive this funding, which can range from $5,000 to $15,000, have been chosen for their potential to have lasting influence at the district or grade level, or at one or more schools, Hodgson said.

Another 10 projects are receiving $8,787 in mini-grants, which usually are used for classroom- or grade-level projects, she said.

The mini-grant recipients, project names and award totals are:

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Naomi Carl, Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School, for "Touching Spirit Bear Novels," $145; Eileen Zygarlicke, Community High School, "Lunch Time Book Club," $366; John Stempinski, Valley Middle School, "Screens for the Skies, $379; Emilee Peterson, Lewis and Clark Elementary School, "Morning Tub Manipulatives," $420; Kelly Johnson, Ben Franklin Elementary School, "Learning with OSMO," $641; Tyler Nelson, Red River High School, Red River Leadership Council, $750; Jennifer Modeen, Winship Elementary School, "Social Emotional Learning: Belief and Capacity Seminar," $765; Tiffany Mannausau and all elementary technology partners, "Creating Independent Coders," $990; Laura Wendt, Grand Forks Central High School, "Addressing the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health via Young Adult Literature," $1,331; and Alex Hovey, Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, "GFPS High School Vocal Music iPad Integration," $3,000.

Impact Grant awards have been approved for:

Brad Sherwood, Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, for "Guitar I and Guitar II New Course Additions," $4,775; Loren Hoheisel, Discovery Elementary School, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Education Exploration and Pilot Program for Elementary Students," $5,000;

Jessie Erickson and all elementary and secondary technology partners, "Opening Windows to the World-Phase II, $5,236; Alexandra Hedlund, Valley Middle School, "Universal Weight Station," $6,000, and Julie Homstad Hegland, Elroy Schroeder Middle School, "Schroeder Fitness Lab," $8,000.

Football players to read at Lake Agassiz

UND football players are planning to read to students as part of a RED, or Reading Every Day, event April 3 at Lake Agassiz Elementary School, said Mary Alameda, a paraprofessional who's coordinating the event.

She's working with two members of the UND football team, Quintin Seguin and Hayden Blubaugh, who volunteered to enlist other freshman teammates to read to students in each of the kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms, she said.

The event is set for 2:30 to 2:50 p.m.

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RED events "encourage our students to read every day, and explore new and exciting books," said Alameda.

Parents are invited to the school to read with their children at RED events on the first Tuesday of each month.

To prepare for the RED event at Lake Agassiz, school librarians are looking for books for the UND football players to read that are geared toward sport activities, she said.

Alameda is looking forward to the event.

"I'm excited to see it-just to observe the interaction-and the impact (the athletes) will have on these young minds," she said.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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