Carmel Education Foundation funds 17 classroom grants

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The CEF 2015 fall grant winners include, back row from left, Laura Hayes, Jenna Adams, Beth Leffler, Matt Moeller, Kyle Schulenborg, Dan Marble, Jill Schipp, Jessica Niccum, Carli Worthman, Vanessa Trammell; and front row from left, Becky Campbell, Hella Rumschlag, Kristen Taylor, Lila Torp, Stephanie Swartzendruber, Erin Boyce, Jill Hall and Sara Fernkas. (Submitted photo)

The CEF 2015 fall grant winners include, back row from left, Laura Hayes, Jenna Adams, Beth Leffler, Matt Moeller, Kyle Schulenborg, Dan Marble, Jill Schipp, Jessica Niccum, Carli Worthman, Vanessa Trammell; and front row from left, Becky Campbell, Hella Rumschlag, Kristen Taylor, Lila Torp, Stephanie Swartzendruber, Erin Boyce, Jill Hall and Sara Fernkas. (Submitted photo)

By Amanda Foust

Each spring and fall, the Carmel Education Foundation offers grants to teachers and schools to assist with curriculum supplies, projects and professional development.

“We are so excited about our job when we can give money to the teachers to enhance the teaching in the classroom,” Stephanie McDonald, CEF co-director, said.

In the most recent grant cycle, CEF announced 17 grants to 58 teachers, totaling $16,454. Fundraising events such as the Ghosts and Goblins 5K and a telethon raised funds for these grants.

“Teachers really do need grants,” CEF Co-director Barbara Danquist said. “They need to be able to add to their classroom curriculum and have no other way to get extra money for materials.”

Fall classroom grants 2015

  • Orchard Park Elementary—Makerspace and mobile makerspace materials, expression expansion tool
  • Prairie Trace Elementary—Boogie boards, iPad
  • Clay Middle School—Makerspace 3-D printer, vocational activities/lifeskills, expansion expression tool
  • Carmel Middle School—Makerspace, full steam ahead, Go Pro camera
  • Towne Meadow Elementary—Expression expansion tool, I tech
  • West Clay Elementary— Expression expansion tool
  • Cherry Tree Elementary—Expression expansion tool
  • Woodbrook Elementary—Raz-Kids digital books
  • Carmel Elementary—Makerspace and Me
  • Carmel High School—Vocational activities/lifeskills, AP biology equipment, super volcanoes, design tools
  • Mohawk Trails Elementary—Writing clicks/ Lego story starters
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