2015 Mini-grant recipients
Published February 18, 2015
Once a year, the Maps Community Foundation offers mini-grants to teachers in the Salem-Keizer, Monmouth-Independence, Silver Falls, North Santiam, and Woodburn School Districts.
Teachers applied for funding through a competitive process, and priority was given to projects that promote financial education and college preparedness.
This year, we were proud to work with our sponsors Maps Insurance and PEMCO Insurance to present the funds to these local teachers.
I’m excited to announce this year’s Maps Community Foundation Education Mini-grant recipients.
Ash Creek Elementary, Monmouth
- Hope Mwaniki, $250
- Take home library: Funds will be used to purchase a variety of leveled reading books so that students can take a book home and read 20 minutes per day.
- Jessie Padilla, $250
- Wiggle seats: funds will be used to purchase wiggle seats so that students can move and wiggle, resulting in increased focus and engagement.
Central Howell School, Silverton
- Karen Almquist, $250
- Funds will be used to purchase percussion instruments that will benefit 160 students.
Cummings Elementary, Keizer
- Karen Hammerquist, $100
- RAZ-Kids-ebook reading program to access 400 books at 27 different levels.
Hammond Elementary, Salem
- Laura Ziebart, $250
- Reading with responsibility project: funds will be used to purchase books with strong social justice themes: diversity, compassion, responsibility, and advocating for others.
Heritage Elementary, Woodburn
- Karen Anderson, $240
- Funds will be used to purchase geography books to use during classroom project time.
- Kristi Auvinen, $250
- College and career readiness: Oregon State University campus tour benefiting 110 students.
Kalapuya Elementary, Salem
- Megan Mucken, $250
- Book Nook Improvement Project: Teacher wants to outfit her “Book Nook” with comfortable seating, display shelf, and books relevant to current units of study (impacts 32 students).
Kennedy Elementary, Keizer
- Sarah Greco, $150
- Student Store: Teacher gives students money for good behavior and fines money for bad behavior. Money saved up is spent is in her student store. This project helps teach financial literacy and fits into Social Studies Standards – the grant helps to purchase prizes.
Mark Twain Middle School, Silverton
- Eryn Willow, $210
- Wobbly Chairs for Wiggly Kids: Purchase 3 Wobble Chairs to start replacing yoga balls to keep kids more focused in school.
McNary High School, Keizer
- Robin Yankus, $250
- Get Ziked for Language Arts: Foldables (3D graphic organizers) for English classes. Helps enhance reading and writing literacy skills through chunking and memory mapping – impacts 500 students.
- Martina Rincon Ochoa, $249
- Funds will be used to purchase an iPad mini that will used to download Raz-kids reading program and IXL math program.
Parrish Middle School, Salem
- Tara Heikila, $250
- Elevate Math program: Funds will be used to send 35 students to the Aviation Museum to experience an interactive lesson in the history of flight and watch a 3D movie about space exploration.
Salem Heights Elementary
- Alison Kaiser, $250
- Computers, iPads, and listening stations for deaf and hard of hearing students to have full auditory access. Funding goes towards batteries for listening devices (20 packages of Cochlear Implant plus 675 batteries & 50 pckgs of Size 13 for hearing aids), 2 Phonak Y cords, and 2 circumaural headphones (impacts 40 students).
Sprague High School, Salem
- Sarah Bucholz, $250
- AVID University of Oregon College Visit: sophomore and Junior Class to visit U of O (impacts 65 students)
Stayton Middle School
- Jason Hohnbaum, $375
- Robotics Class: Pay for parts/tools throughout the building process (two kits for $370) for FTC robotic teams.
Straub Middle School, Salem
- Stephanie Hodges, $250
- AVID Elective Class Field Trip: Field trip for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to go to a college campus to learn about college life/classes/activities, financial aid, etc. (impacts 75 students)
- Amber Gardner, $200
- First grade non-fiction books benefiting 28 students
Waldo Middle School, Salem
- Chris Buckley, $250
- Funds will be used to send 57 6th graders on a field trip to a local university.
Washington Elementary, Woodburn
- San Juana Acosta, $250
- Funds will be used to expand the student garden with new garden beds and soil.
Weddle Elementary, Keizer
- Deborah Jones, $86
- Math 24 card boxes (4): Teacher wants to buy Math 24 card boxes for the group that practice this game early Tuesday mornings. The boxes are used to practice at home so that they can participate in the tournament – this game helps teach basic math facts (effects 80 students).
Whiteaker Middle School, Keizer
- Lauren Stephenson, $250
- Eighth grade Avid students to visit Linfield College
Woodburn High School
- Dusty Price, $250
- Foundations of Personal Finance: funds will be used to purchase Dave Ramsey materials and will benefit 95 students.