On Friday, the McKinney Education Foundation awarded over $50,000 in Classroom Grants to MISD teachers. From space exploration to bumble bee research, the grants will underwrite unique academic programs not already funded by MISD.
Margaret Harsch, MEF Operations Director stated, “MEF Classroom Grants give teachers the freedom to implement exciting new programs, so I always look forward to this time of year. The teachers and students are so excited to see us. It’s one of the favorite parts of my job!”
MISD classroom grants are awarded to MISD teachers or staff to fund innovative new programs that may test a pilot program, try a new technique, or involve students in a program outside the normal curriculum to enhance the classroom experience. This program is largely funded by more than 1,100 MISD staff members who contribute to the MEF Staff Fund via payroll deductions. Additionally, CoServ, ISA insurance, Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, Drs. K. Lyle and Sandra W. Froese, support the program with endowments which will perpetually support the MEF grants program.
The 2013 MEF Classroom Grant Recipients are:
Debbie Gunst Social Skills Building Materials Cockrill Middle School Jessica Wilson Notebook Tasks Language Arts Cockrill Middle School Christine Formento Space Exploration-Past & Present Dowell Middle School Mary Owens Interactive Research Evans Middle School Andrea Stapleton Improving Reading Performance Faubion Middle School Kristina Marshell Reaching Technology Goals in High Definition Faubion Middle School Lisa Paine Finch Engineering Enrichment Program Finch Elementary Linda Jones Buzzing about Bees: Habitats and Health Benefits Finch Elementary Robin Richardson Effective and Efficient Handwriting Instruction Glen Oaks Elementary Barbara Kinast Expanding Technology Integration Johnson Middle School dinorah Gutierrez Motor planning for learning readiness Lawson Early Childhood Center Ebonee King S.W.A.G (Students Working for Academic Gain) Academy Malvern Elementary Holly Hammonds ‘I can’ with an iPad! McClure Elementary Holly Bianchetta Music Class Orff Instruments McGowen Elementary Melanie Burford Becoming a Connected School and Community through Video Production McGowen Elementary Steven Biles ‘SOLE’ in Science McKinney Boyd High School Robert Gupton 3D Printing McKinney High School Theresa Horvath Finch Robots McKinney High School Pam McBride FIRST Robotic Competition Team Drive System McKinney High School Aaron Engel eHigh Student Recognition McKinney North High School Angie McNally Flipping in the Classroom Minshew Elementary Tena Worthy iTech INdependently Minshew Elementary Cathy Vance iPad Mini Project Press Elementary Kris Toombs Techno For Specially Designed Instruction Press Elementary Jamaul Pride B.O.Y.S. 2 Men Press Elementary Allison Allen Integrated Technology Valley Creek Elementary Jennifer Webster ESGI Software Vega Elementary Amy Gagarin Reading Come ALIVE!!! Walker Elementary Christy Hames Ferguson E-books for Everyone! Webb Elementary Robin Keating Just the Facts, Please! Wilmeth Elementary Susan Hanna Don’t Wait to Create? iPads to Help Technology ‘Bloom’ Wolford Elementary