The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 25, 2013

Foundation awards grants for education equipment

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools Foundation members handed out nearly $13,000 in its spring round of teacher grants on Monday.

When four foundation board members and the executive director made their appearance in Jennifer Yape’s second-grade classroom at McKinley Elementary School, lessons came to a halt long enough for the visitors to explain to the 18 students that their teacher had been given a $289 grant to buy special items for their classroom.

Yape will purchase enhancements for understanding non-fiction books appropriate to students’ grade level.

“It’s a balanced literary approach to nonfiction,” Yape said. “Nonfiction is a huge part of our common core curriculum. Typically, in the past, we’ve had more fiction.”

“Teachers are challenged to apply with new and innovative approaches to reach youth and expand our existing educational curriculum,” said Casie Brownlee, the foundation’s grant allocation chairwoman. “The caliber of the grants received this year shows the dedication and commitment of these teachers in their classrooms.”

At Prairie View Elementary School, grants included “Rube Goldberg Here we Come,” $993, Marie Pierce; “Everyone’s Hands are in the Air Virtually,” $990, Marie Pierce; “Magnifying on Science,” $860, Kacie Earl; “Making Math Nights Memorable,” $997, Shawna Tanner and Denise Blume; “Math is HOT,” $467, Shawna Tanner; and “Power Up Science,” $853, Brenda Pastor.

At Glenwood Elementary School, grants included “Common Core Hands-on Math Manipulatives,” $696, Brandi Green; “Don’t ‘Dys’ Me,” $964, Deni Williams; “Hands On Science,” $446, Wendi Ochs; “Hot Dot Fun,” $345, Kitty Herbal;  and “Literacy in Pre-K,” $255, Mary Starks.

At Waller Middle School, grants included “Acting Out Social Skills,” $444, Susan Vineyard; “All my X’s live in Texas, I found my Y in Tennessee,” $290, Rhoni Herell and Erika Christner; and “What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras,” $129, Rhoni Herell and Erika Christner.

At Hayes Elementary, grants included “I Can Hear It, I Can Sing It,” $199, Mary Dikes; and “Lights, Camera, Reinforcement,” $199, Mary Dikes.

At Taft Elementary School, grants included “Wright Right,” $304, Wendi Barry. At Emerson Middle School, grants included “It’s an HD Word,” $349, Andrea Curry and Gayla Heinrichs; and “Mozart Would Be So Impressed,” $239, Gayla Heinrichs.

At Coolidge Elementary School, grants included “Engaging Learners Through Hands-on Music Activities,” $1,000, Kelli Stock; and “Smart Talk,” $350, Debra Loop.

At Garfield Elementary School, grants included “Mathematicians or Mathemagicians,” $428, Debbie Turner. At Adams Elementary School, grants included “Avoid a Math Wreck with Rekenrek,” $117, Brandy Fagan; and “There’s Power in Numbers,” $297, Jamie Aguilar.

At Longfellow Middle School, grants included “Roots for All,” $441, Michelle Adams.