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Mini Grants fund innovative instruction in district classrooms
In 2005, the Mini Grant program started with a stack of requests for three $500 awards. Since that small start, the Foundation has awarded over $175,000.00 to Sedalia School District #200 teachers and staff. Mini Grants are an important part of the Foundation’s vision to provide all Sedalia School District students with innovative opportunities.
Any member of the Sedalia #200 staff may apply for a Mini Grant. Mini Grants should be innovative and creative in nature. Grant requests for reusable materials/supplies will be given priority, but Mini Grants may not be used for textbooks. Before applying for a Mini Grant please read the complete criteria, deadlines, and instructions in the “SSDF Mini Grant Information Sheet”.
Questions about the Mini-Grant Application and Information Sheet should be directed to the Sedalia School District Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-829-2562.
Michelle Steger who teaches at Smith-Cotton Junior High received a Mini Grant for App Creators. The Mini Grant was implemented through the purchase of tablets for student use in her Project Lead the Way App Creators class. “Students are building an app (on the computer) to help people learn more about diseases. They build the app in the computer program, then download it and use the tablet to see how it would look 'live' and change and add to app as needed.”
Parkview Elementary second grade teacher Shawna Davidson received a Mini Grant to create an organized system for storing reading materials. She wrote, “Second grade is the best time for discovering their reading interests. Most students start becoming fluent readers during this time. Every week I try to gather and organize materials to keep them successful during small group reading time. This might include task cards, word sort, writing prompts, comprehension work etc. However, since there is a wide range of differentiated readers, I need a differentiated organization system that will keep them organized and sane.”
Tonya Edgar, Mixed Age teacher at Skyline Elementary, received a Mini Grant for “Room Transformations.” She writes, “the objective of the grant was to increase engagement in my students through room transformations. The project provided me the opportunity to purchase room transformation materials. We recently completed a room transformation for MAP review. The room was set up as the Glow Games. My students were engaged with the content the entire time and couldn't wait until the next day to come back for day two. It made my students want to learn and everyone participated in the activities. Students saw the value of working with teams to accomplish a task.”