OPSF Surprise Squad Distributes More than $32,000 in Classroom Grants

More than $32,000 in Foundation grants were distributed to classrooms all over Olathe just before winter break.
More than $32,000 in Foundation grants were distributed to classrooms all over Olathe just before winter break.  These funds are the second round of grants dispersed during the school year and are part of the Foundation's yearly $100,000 grant program.     
The winning grants cover a wide range of subjects and disciplines, from STEM to life skills to leadership.  If you know a teacher who has a great idea for their classroom and needs funding to make it happen, encourage them to apply for a Foundation grant!
Cycle II Grant Recipients
All OPS middle schools - Lights Up on Olathe Middle School Theatre - Dana Davis, Rachel Hoyer, and Jodie Buster
Briarwood Elementary - Wake up with STEM Bins! - Ariel Jankord
Central Elementary - BAM! Central Goes Graphic! - Dana Hinds, Kim Currie, Sarah Kennedy, and Dana Walker
Chisholm Trail Middle School - Makey Makey Invention Kits and Chibitronics Circuits - Brett Hartin
Claire Learning Center - Teaching Life Skills - Angela Gill
Frontier Trail Middle School - Narrative Non-Fiction for Young Adult Readers - Amy Hart-Geraldi
Heatherstone Elementary - Heatherstone Husky TV - Julie Moore
Indian Creek Elementary - Lego Robotics Kits - Melissa Davies
Millbrooke Elementary - Speech Buddies - Kelly Zarifa
Mission Trail Middle School - Changing the Culture of Literacy in Science - Danielle Riney
Mission Trail Middle School - Innovative Classroom Grant - Darcy Rasmussen
Olathe East High School - Promoting Leadership, Soft Skills, and Real-World Application in the English I Classroom - Kari Howell
Olathe North High School - Blended Learning Book Study - Jane Bush
Olathe North High School - Testing for College Success - Katelyn Girod and Gwendolyn Jacobs
Oregon Trail Middle School - Creating 21st Century Scholars - Jessica Sadler
Santa Fe Trail Middle School - Cyclone Calming Room - Jennifer Slaven
Westview Elementary - Achieve the Core: Digging Deeper into Reading Using Picture Books - Christine Wiles
Westview Elementary - Building Upon Our Museum - Erika Moreland and Jessica Kilby