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Alexandria Education Foundation awards $20,000 in grants

The Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation announced the 2013 Teacher Innovation Grant Awards. The foundation recently awarded a total of $20,000 in support of student-engaged projects that will enrich learning and encourage classroom innovation.

In March, District 206 teachers were invited to apply for grants for projects that enrich learning and encourage classroom innovation. For the 2013-14 grant cycle, $20,000 was made available with $500 representing the minimum grant request and $10,000 the maximum.

For more information on making a donation, contact Susan Scarborough, secretary/treasurer of Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation, at (320) 762-3310, extension 4271.

Projects funded include:


School: Jefferson High School

Submitted by: Tom Smith and Mary Beth Farrow, high school teachers

Award: $7,400

Grant dollars will provide for the purchase of ultrabooks, tablets, iPads and iPad minis in order to expand on the secondary instructional and learning process in select math, science, social and world languages classrooms.


Schools: Voyager, Garfield and Miltona Elementary Schools

Submitted by: Nathan Knick, elementary art teacher

Award: $3,500

This grant will allow for a more challenging and rigorous level of glass fusion for 6th graders; introduce glass blowing and glass fusion for high school curriculum; and continue and expand glass fusion through District 206 Community Education. Grant dollars will allow for the purchase of kilns, glass accessories and supplies, along with glass blowing training.


School: Discovery Middle School

Submitted by: Caroline Petefish, family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher

Award: $3,500

Grant dollars will provide for updating sewing technology by purchasing computerized machines, curriculum and design software to support FACS curriculum. It will also allow for the use of unconventional materials to learn production skills, technical reading, entrepreneurship, vocational skills and teamwork.


School: Early Education Center

Submitted by: Connie Good, early education teacher

Award: $3,300

This grant will provide preschoolers with technology tools like iPads and ProScope handheld digital microscopes in order to explore materials, record information and take pictures, promoting scientific thinking and problem solving skills.


School: Miltona Science Magnet Elementary

Submitted by: Chad Gilbertson, Miltona 3rd grade teacher

Award: $2,300

Grant dollars will enable students to collaborate with peers, analyze and synthesize information and utilize technology skills to create digital stories. Using an iPad for video recording, a green screen and an iMac for video editing, students will bring science, social studies, and literacy to life as they share what they have learned.