The Edmond Sun


March 31, 2014

EPS Foundation funds more than $94,000 in grants

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools Foundation recently announced who will be receiving $94,626 in grants for the 2014-15 school year.

“We received more than $300,000 in requests but could only fund a little more than $94,000,” said Mark Nash, foundation member.

Since it was founded as the Edmond Educational Endowment in the early 1980s, the foundation has provided more than $1.5 million in direct financial support as grants to the district and its employees, said Bob Ault, EPS Foundation executive director.

The money has funded: New technology, classroom curriculum, software, hardware, teaching aids, teacher training, student scholarships, playground equipment, textbooks, supplies, musical instruments, artwork, equipment, teacher awards, and numerous other educational aids.

The EPS Foundation has developed indirect support for the district though volunteer service hours and organizational in-kind donations.

This is Ault’s last year as leader of the EPS Foundation. Lori Dickinson will be taking over his position. She has more than 17 years experience in public and media relations, strategic planning and marketing and communications, specifically in education and nonprofit organizations.

To learn more about the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and how to get involved visit

The total of teacher requested grants was $338,963 and the Edmond Schools Foundation was able to fund $94,626 in grants.

The following list of schools includes the educators applying for grants, the grant they requested and how much the foundation allocated them for their grant.

Eight grants were awarded to teachers at Angie Debo Elementary totaling $7,653. Grants were awarded to:

• Susan Kidwell, special needs for changing classroom, $828.99;

• Speck, McGuire and Savedra, iPads for developmentally delayed students, $837.90;

• Robin Sheetz, Classroom Catch Up, $212.88;

• Susan Stephens, iLearn with iPads, $299.99;

• Donni Harris, Listening to Learn, $1,074;

• Allyson Wolfe, Free Exploration Centers Materials, $531.05;

• Fuchs, Harris, LeCompte, etc., Smart Document Cameras for fourth grade, $2,795; and

• Shelly Hale, No More Tangles, No More Tears, $1,074.

Two grants were awarded to Boulevard Academy teachers totaling $3,754. Teachers included:

• Robert Kilburn, Boulevard Academy PE, $1,479; and

• Joy Cleaver, Building Success Through Student Clubs, $2,275.

Centennial Elementary received one grant totaling $467.88. The grant went to Allie Lambert and Jenna Gonzales, Building Better Comprehension & Language.

 Cheyenne Middle School teachers received six grants totaling $5,173 including:

• Susan Thompson, Expressive Vocabulary Expansion, $482.90;

• Laura Hawkey, Accessible Education, $731;

• Jeannine Macrory & Sharron Wolf, Cheyenne First $1,700;

• Sharron Wolf & Jeannine Macrory, Tech in Science, $470;

• Doherty, Horst, Lange, Hawkey, Adaptive Physical Education Equipment, $727; and

• Kingdom, Hoch, & Parker, Technology in Counseling, $1,063.

Chisholm Elementary teachers Susie Aderhold and Marsha Barnett, received a $900 grant for Chisholm Special Education.

Three grants in the amount of $4,377 were given to Cimarron teachers including:

• Dan Ashpole and Darren Huff, Physical Education Equipment, $2,273;

• Dennis, McElveen and Jones, Parent Resource Library, $209; and

• Katie Kinder, seventh grade iPad Life $1,895.

Clegern Elementary received three grants totaling $2,557. Teachers receiving grants included:

• Kathi Jones, Scott Foresman, Thorndike Dictionaries, $748;

• Diane Clarke, Literacy additions to Science Unit, $274.53; and

• Allison Morris, Transforming through social-emotional learning $1,534.80.

Administrator Tara Fair received a $25,000 grant for a District Wide Summer Learning Links Institute.

Frontier teachers received grants totaling $7,183 including:

• Leslie Singleton, Tablets for Falcons, $758;

• Kate Pickering, 10 iPad Minis with covers, $636;

• Martin, Kariya and Self, Qclick Classroom Response System, $1,445;

• Melissa Estes, STEM activities, $1,175;

• Marisa Sheltman, Reading is the Key, $1,500;

• Rachel Wood, Physical Education Equipment, $669; and

• Jenna Garrett, Frontier Students Want to Read, $1,000.

 Three grants totaling $7,983 went to Ida Freeman teachers including:

• Susan Schlosser, Common Core Leveled Book Room, $5,544;

• Linda Skinner, Readers’ Theatre, $1,065; and

• Su Mathews, Expanding Expression, $1,374.

Two grants totaling $4,127 were awarded to John Ross Elementary teachers including:

• Krystin Lovejoy, For the Love of Literacy, $2,127; and

• Librarian Dena Markey, Hungry Ears Crave Playaways, $2,000.

Three grants were awarded to Memorial High School teachers for a total of $6,716. Teachers receiving grants include:

• Jime Wimmer, Sequential Collaboration for Literacy & Art, $2,285;

• St. Clair, Jaeger, & Madison, RedCAT Voice Amplification System $869; and

• Jennifer Babb and Laura Maple, Oh Say Can You See, $3,562.

North teachers received $7,455 in grants including:

• Alison Sterba, Educational Apps for iPads, $1,500;

• Alison Sterba, iPad Covers for iPads, $1,700;

• Alison Sterba, 30 laptops, $2,625;

• Stephanie Molchan, Quiz Wizard for Latin, $630; and

• Elizabeth Scott & Teri Walls, The Class Castle (Common Core), $1,000.

Northern Hills Elementary teachers received $2,400 for grants including:

• Michelle Ochsner, Independent Task Boxes, $800;

• Julia Cohlmia, Playaways for NH Library, $1,000; and

• Jody Smith and Melissa Himes, Nonfiction Scholastic Weekly Reader, $600.

Three grants totaling $3,640 were given to Orvis Risner Elementary teachers including:

• Kim Gordon, Honor Society Membership Cards & Pins, $1,031.95;

• Raylene Harrison Orvis Risner Genre Workshop for Readers & Writers, $1,640.13; and

• Marideth Firman, Listening Center, $968.75.

Two grants totaling $2,115 were given to Santa Fe High School teachers including:

• Carol Hawkins and Michele Baker, Primary Sources for Advancing Literacy, $1,070; and

• Carina Chiossi-Plett and Paige Walker, Tech in the World Language Classroom, $1,045.

Two grants totaling $2,023 went to Sequoyah Middle School teachers including:

• Amy Joyce and Jennifer Branson, Light up our lives with technology, $778; and

• Carrie Gary and Jamie Hill, Get Chromed or Get Owned, $1,245.

Sunset Elementary School teachers received three grants totaling $5,935. Recipients were:

• Gentry, McDaniel, Pratt, etc., iPad Impact, $1,395;

• Debbie Conner, Headsets with Microphones, $2,031.41;

• Olivia Mathews, Mini iPads, $1,395; and

• Olivia Mathews, Wireless Listening Centers, $1,114.

Five grants totaling $7,598 went to Washington Irving Elementary School teachers including:

• Branch, Hudkins, Cable, Making Learning Fun, $510.12;

• Fowler, Gruen, Pasby, Williams, etc., Differentiation through leveled readers, $1,199.95;

• Courtney Lemmons and Marcia Rains, iPads for Washington Irving, $3,790;

• Hankins, Beard, Pratt, Smith, etc., Great Expectations, first grade library, $187.22; and

• Robin Mills and Tracy Rich, Bringing Presentations to Life, $1,911.

West Field Elementary teachers received two grants totaling $4,365 including:

• Foster, Johnson, Decker, Finnell, Dow, The 21st Century Classroom, $1,617; and

• Burkhart, Bovos, Gee, Miller, etc., iPads for Kinders, $2,748.

Five grants totaling $8,199 went to Will Rogers Elementary teachers including:

• Lynnette Weathers, iPad for Classrooms, $1,395;

• Debbie Dahl and Lana Ingram, Plunge Into Reading, $1,174.59;

• Karen Roberson, Listen, $2,234.97;

• Kimberly Neill, Stage and Gymnasium Audio System, $2,000; and

• Compton, Damiani, Hernandez, etc., iPad Mini Learners $1,395.00.

Grand Total $338,963.85 $94,626.67

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