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The City Schools Foundation is proud to announce that over $63,000 has been awarded to teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. Seventeen grants were selected out of 63 grant applications. These grants are focused the in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Funded grants ranged from $264 to $9,999 with five grants receiving over $6,600 in disbursements.
“The creativity of grant requests this year allows our committee to preview all of the new TN programs that are growing and expanding throughout the state. It’s inspiring to see how teachers are using hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom. The range of requests from technology and science to the arts were outstanding and there is nothing more exciting than funding these requests allowing them to blossom and take shape." says Kevin Grisham, City Schools Grant Committee Chair.
This year’s grant-winning proposals range from robots and coding to music and agriculture.
A Hands-on approach to Teaching – Rachel Slough
I Robot, do you? – Shea Payne
Energize Me! Sustainable Learning through Sustainable Energy – Lea Bartch, Tamara Cosby, Dr. Heather Knox
STEM Experience Boxes – Dana Stem & Abbey Sanders
Murfreesboro Maker Movement – Bess Turner,
Simple Machines with Legos – Taylor Thornton & Nichole Taylor
STEAMing Across the Curriculum – Lisa Bow
Science Extravaganza – Karen Tyson
Music for All – Jennifer Burton
Keyed-In connections – Carolene Goff & Colin York
Think Like Da Vinci – Michelle Eaton
Coding our Future – Dana Stem
Do you See What I See? – Sondra Smith
Evo Robots – Kimberly Kahle
If You Can Design It, We Can 3-D It! – Jessica Jacobs, Craig Offut, Sondra Smith
CAMP: Collaboration, Agriculture, Miracle Grow, Perseverance – Abbey Sanders
Music and Mindfulness – Ashley Copeland
This year, 3 grants totaling over $21,000 were funded for music education including a new world drumming set and classroom keyboards.
Grants are submitted anonymously and are judged solely on their merit by a committee. Funds for these grants are raised by The City Schools Foundation at two annual fundraisers, Excellence in Education Gala, scheduled for Friday, January 25, 2019, and the Back to School Dash 5k/10k.
The City Schools Foundation is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Chartered in 2005, the Foundation was created by volunteers from the community who wanted to supplement the resources available to the Murfreesboro City Schools System. The Foundation’s goals are to boost the school system’s financial support in the areas of science and math, academic competition and excellence among students, and to address financial parity in all schools.
Trustees for The City Schools Foundation include: Justin Burriss, Travis Lampley, Ben Parsley, Sandra Parks, Kimberly Robertson, Ellen Slicker, Liz McPhee, Charlie Patel, Brook LaRoche, Charlie Baum, Shavon Davis-Louis, Vicki Eastham, Stephanie Roach, Kevin Grisham, Kirk Garrett, Joe Faiz, Andrew Young, Lindsey Fournier, Whit Turnbow. Additionally, Dr. Linda Gilbert and School Board Member Wesley Ballard serve as non-voting members of the Foundation.