McMinnville Education Foundation awards over $25,000 in mini-grants
Posted on 11/16/2017

The McMinnville Education Foundation (MEF) has announced its annual mini-grant awards with over $25,000 in 34 projects funded.

Teachers at all levels were allowed to request grant funds up to $1,000 to augment educational opportunities such as field trips; classroom equipment; Science, arts

The winners will be feted at a dessert reception on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. All are welcome to attend.

Grant projects and grant writers include:

3D Printed Prosthetic Hands, Michelle Brantner, Patton STEM teacher, 3D printer ($986.15)

5th Grade Outdoor Experience; Anne Massey, Carrie Munger, Maylyn Kunita and Larissa Leavitt; Buel 5th Grade teachers; t-shirts, tie dye kit, park permit ($774)

Accelerating Learning for Students with Learning Challenges; Jolene Heinrich, Natalie Behrends, Heather Freeman, and Cheska Schiwinger; K-8 books and sensory tools ($1,000)

All About the Bass, Karen Wenzel, Memorial music teacher, Orff bass xylophone     ($1,000)

All kids need an ally in Learning!, Shannon Botten, Duniway LRC teacher, Learning Ally subscription ($1,000)

Arduino Autonomous Microbots, David Larson, MHS 10th grade Engineering Projects teacher, Arduino equipment and supplies ($997.28)

Live Sound; Dana Libonati, Dave Barton and Robin Pederson; MHS music teachers; sound equipment ($1,000)

Civil Rights Assemblies, Sharon Buehler, Buel librarian, two assemblies for 2nd-5th grades with David Greenberg ($999)

Classroom Supplies for Interactive Notebooks, Jessica Gordon, MHS Science teacher, craft supplies ($559.61)

Creating Opportunity for College and Creative Careers, Christine Garrison, MHS Art teacher, buses and subs ($1,000)

Cultivating Diversity and Inclusivity for Life Long Learners; Kat McNeal, Julie Schaffner and Morgana Willard; Wascher 5th grade teachers; books and GoPros   ($983.22)

Cultural and Career Exposure through the Performing Arts, Bethany Draper, MHS Drama director, buses and subs ($1,000)

Current Events European Style, Christine Walker, MHS German teacher, magazine subscriptions ($263.67)

Echo: Building a Culturally Inclusive Curriculum, Kim McCoy and Erin Hewitt, Patton 8th grade teachers,  class set novels ($993.18)

Elementary Video Editing, Kim Price and Melissa Parker, Grandhaven 4th-5th grades, cameras and tripods ($604.34)

Entrepreneur Marketplace, Francesca Morrison, MHS teacher, product support ($250)

Learning to Lead: Fostering Leadership, Michelle Graham, Brenna Coad and Lindsey Barske, Wascher 4th-5th grades, buses, art supplies, easels ($530)

Lunch Bunch Project, Alicia Tadema, Patton counselor, lunchtime activity supplies ($1,000)

MHS Support Center Stock Up, Nichelle Greene, MHS counselor, art supplies, fidgets and coping tools ($400)

Mindfulness Matters, Robyn Mikunda, Grandhaven, calming/regulating items ($750)

Mindfulness Matters, Robyn Mikunda and Stephanie Seet, Memorial, calming/regulating items ($750)

OSU Music Experience, Joseph Demianew, Patton Music director, field trip ($600)

Quality Tools for Water Quality Quest, Laura Syring, MHS Science teacher, water quality test equipment and supplies ($1,000)

Saving Lives thru Modeling, Guy Duncan, Duniway 6th grade Science teacher, heart and digestive systems models ($995.50)

Social Emotional Literacy Parent Education, Nichelle Greene, MHS counselor, parent books ($500)

Subdivide to Unify, Marc Dana, Duniway  Music teacher, percussion pads, snare stands and drum sticks ($1,000)

Summer Reading Rocks, Sharon Buehler, Buel librarian, book bags, books, art supplies ($550)

Survival Day Support, Cindy Shultz, MHS teacher, Salem 4-H Center usage fee ($200)

The Notebook Doctor, Nicole Bennett and Kelly McIntyre, Duniway counselors, notebook supplies ($577.74)

The Wheel World, Erik Svec, Columbus 5th grade teacher, bike repair supplies ($591.20)

Traveling Back in Time, Kourtney Ferrua and Terry Nelson, all 4th grade classes in district, buses to Yamhill County Historical Society ($765)

Visuals for Brain Imprinting, Cassandra Kimura, Maridee Olson and Liz Knapp, Patton 6th grade ELA and advisory, easels, paper pads and markers ($471.45)

World Drumming, Debbie Chiovaro, Buel music teacher, world music curriculum and instruments ($418.98)

Your Code is Mine; I Walk the Line, Brian Bixler, Newby, robots ($594)