The City Schools Foundation will distribute over $73,000 in grants to Murfreesboro City School teachers in 2019. The Foundation asks educators to submit proposals for funding that will help acquire resources for classrooms not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars.
“Reading and scoring the grants is one of the most rewarding jobs. The Foundation is thrilled with the range of requests we received from math and science to technology and arts,” says Kevin Grisham, grant committee chair. “It is incredible to see how educators are utilizing hands-on learning opportunities to enrich the classroom.”
Grants are submitted anonymously and are judged solely on their merit by a committee.
Twenty-five grants, representing all thirteen schools, have been selected for funding and range from $300 for On a Rollercoaster with Isaac Newton to $7,000 for “Clearing” the way for STEAM. Sixteen grants received over $2,000 in disbursements.
- LET US RISE: Elevating Student Opportunities – Kristen Goodman & Tony Hartman
- Robotics for Inquisitive Minds – Tammy Pirtle & Hope Padgett
- Zoologists Needed…Storm Ahead! – Rachel Matthews, Betsy Lynch, & Denise Crumbaugh
- Walk This Way! STEAM Walk, Listen, Do, Learn – Angela Bunyi
- Completing the T in STEAM – Gretchen Campbell
- EVOS for primary grades – Elizabeth Hurst
- Clearing the way for STEAM – Emily Clark, & Gretchen Campbell
- On a Rollercoaster with Isaac Newton – Mareen Pfeiffer-Hoens, Breana McClain, & Jennifer Stanley
- Stellar STEM Studio – Suzanne St. John, Stephanie West, & Gina Graham
- Creating Global Thinkers by Engineering Global Ideas – Kristy Mall
- The Artists of 2050 – Evelyn Reed Burnett
- Take a Walk on the Calm Side – Angela Huff
- Technology for a SMART Future – Lauren Hundley
- LittleBits: Electronic Programming and Design – Angela Bunyi
- Catch Box: Student Engagement is Critical – Justin Lattimore
- An Apple a Day – Sarah Chumney
- We Will Rock You – Richard Wood & Lance Pearcy
- STEAMING Through the Day! – Bippy Tidwell
- Clear Touch – Tracy Earnheart
- STEAMing Through the Day – Elizabeth Owens
- Never Fear: We’ve Got Makergear – Angela Pope
- Share the Music – Luke Hill
- Full STEAM Ahead! 3D Printers – Jennifer Sego
- Chick this Out – Beth Wood & Kathy Latondress
- Cubelets for Primary Grade Coding – Kimberly Kahle
This year, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) was the overarching theme for the grant requests. Many STEAM projects involve teamwork and allow students to explore subjects utilizing hands-on activities and dialogue giving students additional ways to succeed in this rapidly changing technology-based world.