The CEF School Mini-Grant is awarded every November for use during that school calendar year. The amount is determined each year and is simply a percentage of unallocated dollars donated that year.
The Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF) created the school grant program to enhance educational experiences and programs in Clarkston schools. The School Grants fund innovative education projects that directly impact student learning. Each Clarkston school is invited to submit an application.
The Clarkston Education Foundation is also administering a science grant supported by the Setlow children, all graduates from Clarkston High School. The Setlow Science Mini-Grant has been established to help enhance and promote innovative in-depth learning and appreciation of science, math, and technology. The grant budget for this school year is $1,000.
Clarkston teachers will receive over $10,000 in School Mini-Grants from the Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF). Thanks to the generosity of Clearwater Paper Corporation, CEF was able to award $6000 to Clarkston High School for science equipment. Over 1200 students will be impacted by these School Mini-Grants awarded to the following teachers:
2010 CEF School Mini-Grant
2010 Setlow Science Mini-Grant
2009 CEF School Mini-Grant
Setlow Science Mini-Grant
2008 CEF School Mini-Grant
2008 CEF School Mini-Grant
$750 Tim Weber of Highland Elementary
Tim will purchase an Activboard and software with this grant money. He also received matching money from Highland PTA to complete the purchase. All 5th and 6th grade students will be able to use this interactive whiteboard. The students will be able to create visual strategies or tactile approaches to gain higher level thinking skills to master learning objectives.
$450 Liane Hill of Highland Elementary
Liane will purchase 30 pairs of headphones for the computer lab. All 321 students at Highland Elementary will be able to use these. The headphones reduce distractions and increase beneficial learning time in the computer lab.
2008 CEF Setlow Science Mini-Grant
$1000 Jay Snook of Clarkston High School
Jay will purchase materials necessary for his physics and chemistry students to prepare for the WSU "Imagine Tomorrow" competition. The question the students will answer is "How Would You Power Your Future?" The best teams from CHS will compete in May at WSU for prize money. Good Luck Bantams!
Clarkston Education Foundation Funds Purchase of Software and Books for Highland and Parkway
Tim Weber at Highland Elementary School wrote a successful grant proposal for money to purchase new software for the computer lab. The software promotes problem-solving skills that connect to real life situations and will be available to all K-6 grade students at Highland. The grant was funded for the requested amount of $750 and the Highland Parent Council has agreed to pay the remainder of over $400. The software will be available to students for years to come.
Judi Akers, Barbara Creswell and Tammi Randles at Parkway Elementary School were selected to receive $450 towards the purchase of Fiction and Non-fiction books to be used in the newly adopted K-6 writing curriculum by the district entitled: Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum by Lucy Calkins. This grant will provide for specific books that are in the writing curriculum and will impact all students at Parkway. The books will be available to students for years to come.
Clarkston Education Foundation Awards Setlow Science Grant to Clarkston High School
The Clarkston Education Foundation (CEF) announced the first recipient of the Setlow Science Grant. This grant is funded through CEF by the children of Louise V. and Charles R. Setlow, all graduates of Clarkston High School. The Setlow Science Grant was created to enhance and promote innovative in-depth learning and appreciation of science, math and technology.
Jay Snook of Clarkston High School wrote a successful grant request on behalf of the CHS science department to purchase a handheld device which will allow students to collect data using a variety of probes both in the laboratory setting and while doing fieldwork without the need of a computer. The interface will store the data which is later downloaded into a computer for complete analysis. This grant was approved for the requested amount of $968.86 with additional funds coming from the CHS Science Department budget and the Washington Science Grant.
The Scoring Committee for the school grant applications looked at demonstration of educational need, student impact, project objectives, outline, and budget.
Funding for these awards was through donations made to the Clarkston Education Foundation.
The recipients of the 2006-2007 CEF School Grant awards are Grantham Elementary and Holy Family School.
Danette Layes at Grantham was selected to receive $800, as requested, towards the purchase of Fiction and Non-fiction books to be used in the newly adopted writing curriculum by the district entitled: "Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum" by Lucy Calkins. This grant will provide for specific books that are in the writing curriculum and will impact all 230 students at Grantham. The books will be available to students for years to come.
Maribeth Richardson and Sheri Gehring at Holy Family wrote a successful grant proposal for money to purchase new library books for the school library. They were awarded $400. They will purchase award-winning library books that will increase interest levels for reading, supply books to assist in research and enhance the library as a whole.
The Clarkston Education Foundation awarded three school grants to Clarkston schools for the 2005-2006 school year. The grants were awarded based on the impact each would have on students' learning and how it would enhance education in the classroom.
A $600 grant was awarded to Parkway Elementary and Clarkston High schools for an Early American Experience project. Parkway fifth grade teacher Ella Roberts and her daughter Joyce, a special education teacher at Clarkston High School, are planning a step back in time that will give students the opportunity to experience life as it was in the 1700s. Students will research the various facets of life during this period and then put together a presentation including hands-on activities and present it at a fair for parents and other fifth graders. The Vocational Skill Center students at the high school will be peer tutors and help the Parkway students make recipes from the early American era for participants to sample.
Highland Elementary teacher Bruce Bensching teamed with Holy Family School to request $750 to bring a member of "Living Voices" for a presentation on The Native Vision. The performance tells the experience of a Native American family in the 1930's and 1940's. One young woman keeps her culture alive while attending a government boarding school and becoming a WWII Navy nurse. Rachel Atkins, a member of LIVING VOICES, plays the part of Alice Benally a young Navajo girl who tells her experiences of fighting to retain her culture and traditions within unfamiliar and sometimes hostile environments. Students will hear stories of her family, ancestors and tribe. These stories demonstrate the internal and external conflicts faced by generations of young Native Americans and parallel the broader history of Native American life.
Grantham Elementary was awarded $143 for a Lego set for their study of simple machines in the fifth grade curriculum. Teacher, Pedra Berenson, will use the set to complement work students are doing in their science program.
The Clarkston Education Foundation awarded two school grants to Clarkston schools for the 2004-2005 school year.
A $400 grant was awarded to Lincoln Middle School to fund an eighth grade earth science project. The money will fund a portable planetarium entitled, "Night Sky." Lincoln students will be trained in the operation of StarLab Planetarium and learn about stars, constellations, and outer space. The students will host "Star Shows" for elementary classes. Night sessions will be held for parents and community members. The planetarium will be at Lincoln Middle School for three weeks at the end of April and beginning of May.
Grantham Elementary School received a $900 grant to fund the expansion of the Media Center's collection of non-fiction books and a program to teach strategies to the students to successfully read non-fiction books.
The grants were awarded based on the impact it would have on students and its enhancement of education in the schools. "It was great to learn the desires of the schools and their goals for improvement," says Robin Henderson, DDS, Clarkston Education Foundation awards committee chair and CHS alumnus. "We are pleased to be able to help fund some of these requests."