Foundation awards $2,200 in grants

February 21, 2014 

Harrisonville Middle School teacher Caitlynn Compton is presented a grant to purchase a document camera by the Harrisonville Public School Foundation. Pictured, from left, are Foundation trustees Daryl Bohannon and Susan Lockard, Compton, HMS Principal Chris Grantham, and Foundation trustees Alice Roach, Ann Morse and Bill Mills.

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Teachers and students in the Harrisonville School District recently received more than $2,200 in grants from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

The grants were awarded in a surprise squad format with Foundation trustees surprising the teachers in their classrooms and presenting them with a check.

Teacher grants were awarded to the following:

• Harrisonville Early Childhood Center Library Media Specialist Jodi Fischer for the 1,000 Book Club program, which will encourage early reading by providing bookbags and incentives to families to read 1,000 books with their children prior to kindergarten. This grant is funded through the Cade Filer Memorial Teacher Grant.

• McEowen Elementary School teacher Megan Baxter’s class for a field trip to the Kansas City Zoo for a tour of the penguin exhibit. The students in the class have studied penguins and did all the work and research to put together the grant application.

• HHS band teacher Gabriel Fleetwood to fund an electronic keyboard for the program.

• McEowen Elementary School teacher Kim Spencer to purchase three classroom sets of books so all students can read the same book and participate in character analysis discussions and collaboration.

• McEowen Elementary School teacher Marla Brown for the purchase of owl pellets for dissection in science. The students are participating in the school’s All-School Read event and one of the main characters in the book is an owl.

• HMS art teacher Caitlynn Compton for a document camera to enable her to present demonstrations, share artwork, and facilitate student presentations.

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to support the educational activities and programs of the Harrisonville School District. To learn more about the Foundation, contact Executive Director Jill Filer at 816-380-2727, ext. 1224.

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