WAUPUN — Nine educators were awarded $8,529 in grants last May by the Educational Foundation of Waupun.

Last week they met at the Waupun Public Library to let foundation members know how their proposals were turning out.

“The board enjoys hearing how their grants are implemented in the classroom,” said grant chair Jean Homan. “It makes the paper proposal come to life as we hear about the results in the classroom and see the teacher’s enthusiasm for their projects.”

The Waupun Area School District, SAGES and St. John’s in Fox Lake and Central Wisconsin Christian School are eligible to apply for the grants from February through March. The grant committee approves the grants based on the criteria and money available.

Once the board approves the grants in May, the recipients may order materials and have them for classrooms in fall. The board invites grant winners to tell how the grant aids in classrooms or learning areas in the fall.

The Educational Foundation of Waupun relies on donations from the community to fund both the teacher grants and student scholarship aspects of their foundation. The Educational Foundation is prepared to manage bequests, endowments and funds. Contributions to the Educational Foundation are tax deductible. The foundation is organized with a 50lc3 Internal Revenue Code.

To make a donation, a check or money order payable to the Educational Foundation of Waupun may be sent or delivered to Edward Jones, 1003 W. Main St., Waupun, WI 53963

Additional information may be obtained by calling the district administrator at the Education Service Center, 920-324-9341 or the superintendent of Central Wisconsin Christian Schools at 920-324-4233.

The educators and proposal:

SAGES/Lisa Grosz, Principal

Proposal: To have a SmartBoard with Projector, and Wireless connector for the new charter school that starts up in fall.

SAGES/Mary Daley, K-early elementary

Proposal: To provide non-fiction guided reading sets for the new charter school in the fall by purchasing 5 different titles of reading levels A-E. Each set has 6 books.

RRIS/Robbi Schranz, Literacy Coach

Proposal: To purchase one set of 30 Kindles for teachers to upload eBooks at grade level. PTO is matching grant request.

Meadow View Primary/Amy Holwerda, Speech Language Pathologist

Proposal: To purchase software compatible with SmartBoards that help facilitate language goals for students identified with specific language deficits to be used by the 5 speech and language department staff in all district buildings helping between 5-15 students in K-6.

St. John’s Fox Lake/John Schlavensky, principal

Proposal: To purchase NEO 2 mobile e-learning devices to aid in keyboarding skills, math practice, and writing for grades 3-8. They will purchase 25 units with matching funds from the PTO.

Meadow View/Michelle Bruene, kindergarten

Proposal: To purchase CD-Roms used with SmartBoards for interactive learning in all 6 kindergarten classrooms that address core learning targets.

Meadowview/Rhonda Buchholz, kindergarten

Proposal: To purchase non-fiction literature in the form of lap books, small books, using teacher guides, audio CD and whiteboard CD-Rom in each kindergarten classroom. The plan is to purchase 18 different titles/sets and rotate them in the various classes.

CWCS/Kristi Zonnefeld, kindergarten

Proposal: To purchase 2 iPads to enhance learning and skills in the classroom using the technology provided by the iPads. A matching grant from PIA group for the second iPad and apps is available.

CWCS/Jenny Ritzema, grades 9-12 English

Proposal: To purchase a SmartBoard to enhance learning in the classroom especially in grammar and other interactive exercises. Matching funds for half of the SmartBoard will come from PIA, parent group.

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