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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneer Patrol awards grants

  • The sounds of drums and cymbals announced the arrival of members of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation Tuesday as they visited several schools. The foundation's Pioneer Patrol was awarding grants to teachers to pay for things such as art supplies, a student mentoring program and field trips.
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    • The grants
      Here are a list of the grants awarded by the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation and the schools where they will be implemented:

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      The grants
      Here are a list of the grants awarded by the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation and the schools where they will be implemented:
      "Constructing Kids Who Care" ― Nettie Hartnett Education Center
      "Success for All" ― Special Education Department
      "IPad to Enhance Speech-Language Therapy" ― Special Education Department
      "MobyMax: Math, Language, V, Fact Fluency" ― Anthony Elementary
      "Curriculum Connection through Visual Arts" ― All elementary schools
      "Harry S. Truman Library & Museum White House Decision" ― Leavenworth High School
      "Let's Put Reading into Action" ― Leavenworth High School
      "Classic Film Collection" ― Leavenworth High School
      "Character Trait Play Tour" ― Leavenworth High School
      "Pioneer Mentoring Program" ― Leavenworth High School
      "Cracking the Code: Improving College Readiness Test Scores" ― Leavenworth High School
      "Starbase or Bust" ― Henry Leavenworth Elementary
      "Studies Weekly (Science and Kansas History) Magazine ― David Brewer Elementary
      "Morestarfall.com" ― Earl M. Lawson Elementary
      "Cooking with Kids" ― Earl M. Lawson Elementary
      Carol Dark-Ayres Music Grant
      "Play! Sing! Jump!" ― Anthony Elementary
      "Outstanding Music for Outstanding Students" ― Leavenworth High School
      Katie Yoakum Reading Memorial ― Anthony Elementary
      Rachel's Challenge Bullying Intervention Program ― District
  • The sounds of drums and cymbals announced the arrival of members of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation Tuesday as they visited several schools. The foundation's Pioneer Patrol was awarding grants to teachers to pay for things such as art supplies, a student mentoring program and field trips.
    Members of the foundation's Board of Directors traveled by school bus as they visited most of the public schools in Leavenworth. They were joined by officials from the school district.
    Band students from Richard W. Warren Middle School provided musical accompaniment as the group made its way to the classrooms of the grant recipients.
    Recipients of the innovative teacher grants were presented oversized checks and balloons. Amy Sloan, director of the foundation, said the teachers had not been told ahead of time that they would be receiving the grants.
    The Pioneer Patrol grant presentations is an annual event.
    "Every year, we look forward to it," Sloan said. "It's exciting."
    Sloan said she enjoys seeing the excitement of students as they watch their teachers receive grants.
    Eighteen grants were presented Tuesday, and a grant for a district anti-bullying program was awarded early. The total for these 19 grants is $46,725.
    Two of the grants awarded Tuesday were in honor of retired foundation director Carol Dark-Ayres. Another grant was awarded as a memorial to Katie Yoakum, who taught in the school district for 19 years. That grant was awarded to Anthony Elementary School for reading enhancements.
    Several of the grants were awarded for programs that previously have been supported by the foundation. But many of the grants were new this year including one designed to help students prepare for the ACT exam.
    Sloan said there had been 37 applications for grants from teachers or other district employees. The requests totaled $92,450.
    The grant requests were reviewed by several members of the foundation's Board of Directors. Rod Rivard was one of the members of the committee.
    Rivard said he looks at things such as the expense of the requested grants and how vital they are.
    Rivard said he could have voted yes for any of the requested grants this year.
    "There wasn't any junk in there that I could see," he said.
    The deadline for turning in the applications was Aug. 19. Sloan said information was sent to teachers in the spring. But she acknowledged new teachers would have been at a disadvantage when applying for grants.
    The foundation traditionally has awarded the grants around the same time each year. But that will be changing as the foundation awards another round of grants in the spring.
    Sloan said, in the future, the foundation will be awarding grants in the spring instead of the fall. She said this will give applicants more time to work on their proposals. It also will allow grant recipients to purchase needed materials during the summer so their programs can be ready at the start of the school year.
    Page 2 of 2 - "So we're pretty excited about that transition," Sloan said.

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