2017 - 2018 Teacher Grants

"Based on voting, the following six educators each won a $1,000 Maps grants. Congratulations to them, and thanks to everyone who supports our community’s children."

The winners, who each received $1,000, were selected based on the number of online votes they received for the video each created that answered the question “How will this grant make a difference to your students?” Voters were asked to lean toward proposals that promote financial literacy, hands-on learning, or preparing for college.

The funds were awarded as part of the foundation’s annual education grant program, which has given more than $44,000 to Salem-area teachers. This year the foundation invited public school teachers in Marion and Polk counties to apply for funds.

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  • Susan Andree of Community Roots School, Silver Falls School District, will buy supplies to design and operate a business run by 7th- and 8th-graders. Number of students the project benefits: 10  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Vance Bowman of Pringle Elementary School, Salem-Keizer School District,  will purchase 18 ukuleles for students to learn how to play. Number of students the project benefits: 100 | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Janell Davis of Falls City Elementary School, Falls City School District, will invest in a structure for the school store, where students practice math and interpersonal skills while selling supplies. She will use the balance of the grant to buy items for the class auction, during which students buy gifts with the “currency” they’ve earn for completing homework and other tasks. Number of students the project benefits: 130  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Kathy Frank of Bethany Charter School, Silver Falls School District, will pay for materials for Natural Science Days at Bethany. Number of students the project benefits: 139  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Lisa Hardey of Sprague High School, Salem-Keizer School District, will buy tables, chairs, lights, and other items to transform the former library lab into a place where students can read and collaborate. Number of students the project benefits: 1,700  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Tara Heikila of Parrish Middle School, Salem-Keizer School District, will take students to the Evergreen Aviation Museum to learn aviation history, meet pilots, and create a flying object. Number of students the project benefits: 71  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Brad Kilgroe of Whiteaker Middle School, Salem-Keizer School District, will buy lab supplies, such as glassware and digital scales, that will help students meet Next Generation Science Standards. Number of students the project benefits: 785  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Ian Reed of Robert Frost Elementary School, Silver Falls School District, will buy equipment for hands-on lessons in science. Number of students the project benefits: 400  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Michael Ross of Battle Creek Elementary School, Salem-Keizer School District, will take students to the Portland Art Museum to see Native American artifacts. Number of students the project benefits: 31.  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 
  • Dylan Uselman of Butte Creek Elementary, Silver Falls School District, will buy equipment for making and editing animations, and editing photos and videos. Number of students the project benefits: 130  | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
 

 

Teacher Grants are funded by the Maps Community Foundation through proceeds from the Free Community Checking donations to the foundation. 
 

Look for the next round of teacher grant applications/requirements to be announced – fall of 2018!


Questions? Ask Community Development Officer Mitzi Smith by phone at (503) 588-0181 ext. 3235 or by email.