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Pride & Promise Foundation Awards $13,530 for Special Learning Projects

Lauren Openlander, a third-grade teacher at Wyland, received a $1,950 grant to purchase 10 Chromebooks. The Ritenour Pride & Promise Foundation awarded eight grants to teachers from six Ritenour schools totaling $13,531 on Oct. 19, 2018 for special student learning projects:

  • Elizabeth Brown, Bridget Elder, Mary Khankeo and Shauna Real, first-grade teachers at Kratz Elementary, received a $2,481 grant for 10 Chromebooks to support classroom learning focused on writing.
  • Stacey Bray and Lauren Hager, Wyland Elementary’s interventionists, received a $2,464 grant for additional literacy sets for students needing reading support in grades 3-5.
  • Meggan Bruner, Kaitlin Lederman and Rebecca Leb, second-grade teachers at Marion Elementary, received a grant for $2,446 for 12 iPads for students to use apps that will allow them to videotape their work, do coding, listen to stories and access additional research materials.
  • Amanda Kowalczyk, Daniel Remes and Brenda Westermayer, seventh-grade science teachers at Hoech Middle School, received a $2,380 grant to build literacy in science classes with books that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
  • Lauren Openlander, a third-grade teacher at Wyland Elementary, received a $1,950 grant to purchase 10 Chromebooks to support classroom learning in math and reading.
  • Betsy Ceresia and Dr. Ann Conley, PLTW teachers at Hoech Middle School, received an $800 grant for equipment and materials to support the school’s Girls in Engineering program.
  • Nancy Bramsch, music teacher at Buder Elementary, received a $710 grant for a variety of instruments and puppets for students in grades K-5 to create sound stories.
  • Tracy Wichern, Michaela Cummings, Anja Waletik and Julie Vreeland, kindergarten teachers at Iveland Elementary, received a $300 grant for new phonics materials.

View photos of this year's grant recipients here.

Since the Pride & Promise Foundation formed in January 2011, it has provided more than $83,000 in grants to Ritenour educators that have expanded educational resources for thousands of students.

The Foundation is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization that supports education in Ritenour. The organization was established to provide supplemental funding for programs to enhance the educational excellence of the district. To learn more about the foundation, or to donate, visit www.ritenourfoundation.org.