Pride & Promise Foundation Awards $15,000 for Special Learning Projects
The Ritenour Pride & Promise Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $15,169 to Ritenour teachers on Oct. 20 for special student learning projects:
- Nancy Bramsch, Buder Elementary’s music teacher, received a $1,500 grant to purchase ukuleles for classtime with third-, fourth- fifth-graders.
- Jennifer Sullens, Buder Elementary art teacher, received a $1,200 grant for a special fifth-grade art project that will allow them to create ceiling
tiles for the school that reflect an “Under the Sea” them.
- Lindsay Schmidt, a fourth-grade teacher at Iveland Elementary, received a grant for $2,269.81 for students to create 3-D printing projects.
- The fifth-grade teaching team at Kratz Elementary (Shenee McCoy, Nicole Damaso and Joe Bonner), received $2,396.94 to expand instruction on computer coding with their students using iPads.
- Kelly Sherman, librarian at Wyland Elementary, received a $1,500 grant to offer an after-school book club in the fall and spring for students in K-5.
- Michelle Mendoza, orchestra teacher at Hoech Middle School, received a $1,500 to expand the strings program with additional violins and violas.
- Alyssa Barker, librarian at Hoech Middle School, received a $995 grant to introduce students to augmented reality with devices that will help them create book reviews, book covers and interact with maps and news magazines in new ways.
- Kim Carson, vocal music teacher at Hoech Middle School, received a $1,200 grant for Chromebooks so that students can use the devices to explore music recordings, for self-assessment during rehearsals and to broaden their music skills.
- Nicole Eberenz and Shannon Sweeney, sixth-grade teachers at Hoech Middle School, received a $1,200 grant for Chromebooks that will be used to combine English language arts and social studies for service learning projects with students.
- Heather Bonner, a science teacher at Ritenour High School, received a $1,000 grant for rewards for positive behavior that supports the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports program.
- Melissa Monzyk, an English language arts teacher at Ritenour High School, received a grant for $407.01 to purchase literature that explores social justice, diversity, racism and equality issues.
Since the Pride & Promise Foundation formed in January 2011, it has provided more than $70,000 in grants to Ritenour educators that have improved 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.ritenourschools.org/foundation.