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JC Schools Foundation Announces Selection of 2021 Grant Awards

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For more information, Ashley Varner, Executive Director, Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation, (573) 659-3549


March 4, 2021

JC Schools Foundation Announces Selection of 2021 Grant Awards 

The JC Schools Foundation today announced that it has awarded more than $11,000 in grants to seven different educational programs in the Jefferson City School District. The Foundation awarded grants to teachers and schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for projects and/or equipment to support students in math, literacy and reading, leadership development, and more.

Malissa Pistel at Callaway Hills

CALLAWAY HILLS ELEMENTARY received a SCHOOL GRANT funded by the families of Dorothy Williams, Bobbie Howard, and Joyce Kaiser in the amount of $1,340. This grant was awarded to Malissa Pistel for the Math Matters curriculum. 

Math Matters will support the effective implementation of Math Workshop at Callaway Hills to increase scores for the iReady testing and Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). It will provide opportunities for differentiation and intervention, and supports independent work that engages students in meaningful, and enjoyable practice.

Belair celebrates receiving grant

BELAIR ELEMENTARY received a SCHOOL GRANT funded by the family of Shirley Patrick in the amount of $1,332. This grant was awarded to Niki Carel and Elizabeth Milhollin for a Swivl device.

The awarded Swivl Device gives Belair students and staff the ability to provide and have access to quality instruction while in-seat or not. With the Swivl video-recording system, teachers can record themselves and their students during a lesson. The lesson can be shared with students and teachers and can be used as a self-reflection tool.

Cedar Hill receives grant

CEDAR HILL ELEMENTARY received a SCHOOL GRANT funded by the families of Karen and Rick Thom and Bobbie Howard in the amount of $1,547.59. This grant was awarded to Amber Craighead for Diving Deeper with Comprehension.

In Cedar Hill’s Improvement Plan for this year, its goal is to increase student achievement in reading. Receiving these short story books and articles with engaging content will help teachers expand their students’ strategies to comprehend a challenging text.

Brandi Benz celebrates receiving grant

NORTH ELEMENTARY received a SCHOOL GRANT funded by the JC Schools Foundation and the family of Julie Finley in the amount of $3,400. This grant was awarded to North Elementary Principal Brandi Benz for the Growing Leaders through the Leader in Me program. 

North Elementary will be able to continue the implementation Leader in Me — a whole school transformation process from Franklin Covey Education. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.

Erin Gehlert and students

LEWIS & CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL received a SCHOOL GRANT funded by the JC Schools Foundation and the family of Julie Finley in the amount of $3,400. This grant was awarded to Jessica Smith and Erin Gehlert for Classroom Libraries.

The new book additions to classroom libraries will support the independent portion of the reading workshop and directly support life-long readers' development in the reading classrooms at Lewis & Clark Middle School. 

Heather Tabb at JCHS thanks Foundation for grant

JEFFERSON CITY HIGH SCHOOL received a TEACHER GRANT funded by the family of Bobbie Howard in the amount of $124.95. This grant was awarded to Heather Tabb for a Webcam for virtual Instruction and learning.

The school closure last spring accelerated the learning curve, and Tabb began to regularly record lessons for her students to study safely at home. The web camera will allow voice and video recording capabilities for an interactive experience. 

Danielle Madsen and students

CAPITAL CITY HIGH SCHOOL received a TEACHER GRANT funded by the family of Michelle Ruth in the amount of $404.48. This grant was awarded to Danielle Madsen for the Learning through Labs (AP Stats) supplies.

Danielle learned our district’s textbooks fit well with the Stats Medic approach where students are able to complete parts to learn the majority of the statistical concepts instead of the traditional method of lecture/direct instruction. These lab supplies will be necessary to implement these labs in the classroom.

Every year, teachers can request a grant for up to $500 for their classrooms and schools can request a grant for up to $5,000 to benefit the entire school. The school principal first approves and signs off on the grant applications before heading to the JC Schools Foundation. From there, the JC Schools Foundation Programs Committee meets to review the grant applications and select which applications to fund. Many grant applications requested funds for individual classroom needs, and many applications were also literacy based. The JC Schools Foundation uses donations provided by individuals, businesses, and corporations to fund its grant programs. The Foundation’s grant program is primarily funded through individual memorial funds that the Foundation manages. 

The JC Schools Foundation’s mission is to build endowments to perpetuate funds for excellence in education, involve the community in support of quality education, and obtain contributions to facilitate student achievement. The Foundation would like to expand their grant distribution cycle from once each year to twice each year. If you are interested in supporting the Foundation’s grant processes with a gift, please contact Ashley Varner at 659-3549.  

Check presentations to each teacher or building principal were made on March 3.