Issaquah Schools Foundation awards more than $64,000

April 28, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Twenty-three teachers have been presented with more than $64,000 in grant money to help fulfill educational goals in classrooms throughout the Issaquah School District.

The teachers applied through the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grants or Classroom Enrichment Grants.The grants were presented before school board members, residents and foundation officials prior to the April 22 board meeting.

“These seeds germinate ideas and possibilities, not only for kids but those teachers who teach them, but possibly the whole district” said Eve Martine, board president of the foundation. “That is what our grants are for. We want to do the most good across the district for all of our students.”

Martine presented the grants to teachers with Executive Director Robin Callahan and other foundation board members.

Kateri Brow Big Idea/Biggest Need Grants are awarded to teachers and district staff members who need additional funding to begin or continue programs that possess vision and demonstrate innovation in the classroom. They range from about $1,000 to about $10,000 each. This year, $57,670 was given in Kateri Brow Grants.

Kateri Brow Big Idea,  Biggest Need Grant recipients

-Jennifer Mountford: $5,000 for “Bringing Shakespeare Alive” at Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus

-Jared Fernandez: $6,000 for Issaquah High School Robotics Society

-Ann Swiftney: $3,000 for a Junior Achievement finance park field trip for Issaquah Middle School

-Joy Allison: $10,000 for teen space at Tiger Mountain Community High School

-Linda Sorenson: $8,406 for spectrophotometers at Issaquah High

-Beth Anne Morgan: $2,105 for keyboard pianos at Briarwood, Maple Hills and Issaquah Valley elementary schools

-Elaine Armstrong: $9,592 for microbiological investigations at Issaquah High

-Tom Cady: $1,250 for music software for all district elementary schools

-Mark Buchli: $9,592 for solar energy studies at Liberty High School

-Julie Ann Enyeart: $2,724 for Cougar Compadres at Issaquah Valley

The programs will help students “learn a skill we are already teaching, but in a new and more engaging way,” Cady said.

His grant will purchase two music education software programs — one for learning to listen to music and one to learn to develop music.

Music is a great skill enabling students to learn new skills and make connections to other subjects, Cady said. Additionally, learning to create music can be a lifelong skill.

For grant recipients like the Issaquah High School Robotics Society, the money helps cover entry fees and registration in the National Robotics League and enables the team to purchase its kit of parts to build a robot next year.

The second type of grant awarded by the foundation is the Classroom Enrichment Grant, which provide teachers and staff up to $1,000 to purchase supplies for their students. The foundation gave more than $7,173 in Classroom Enrichment Grants this year.

Each grant is given to classrooms or schools and include funding to areas like the school library, the school computer lab or resource centers to provide additional support for a wide range of subject programming within the district.

Classroom Enrichment Grant recipients

-Karen Works: $824 for the Read at Home Program at Maple Hills

-Phyllis Runion: $517 for photography equipment for special-needs students at Pine Lake Middle School

-Marla Crouch: $761 for a human body skeleton at Apollo Elementary School

-Andrea Toy: $565 for digital voice recorders for language classes at Liberty

-Betsy Sanford: $659 for literacy achievement at home for Maple Hills

-Deborah McBee: $1,000 for food worker-permit instruction at Echo Glen Juvenile Center

-Joyce Mininger: $1,000 for a cooking program at Issaquah Middle School

-Julie Ann Enyeart: $869 for digital equipment to promote literacy at Issaquah Valley

-Jaimy Kim: $975 for a school subscription to Brainpop.com at Sunny Hills Elementary School.

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