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Teacher Grants Announced
Teacher Grants Announced

Each year, Minnetonka teachers submit grants for creative, educational ideas and programs they would like to implement for students. Minnetonka Foundation Teacher Grants enhance all academic subject areas, technology, fine arts, early childhood education, special education and community service at all Minnetonka public school sites. Since its inception in 1999, The Teacher Grant Program has awarded almost one million dollars in grants.

This year, the Minnetonka Foundation announced awards totaling $63,124 for the 2017-18 school year, including the following Groveland and districtwide grants:

Students and Elders Learning Together
Lead Teacher/Staff: Sara Lovelace and Patricia Cespedes-Schueller

  • Summary: Mrs. Lovelace's second grade English learners and Mrs. Cespedes-Schueller's first grade Spanish learners will engage in learning through the value of service, leadership and philanthropy. They will develop an ongoing relationship with a local senior citizen center to empower our students with responsibility, empathy and life skills and learn the value that senior citizens bring to our community. Awarded: $400

    Students and Elders Learning Together

My Memory Book- Scrapbooking Through the Year
Lead Teacher/Staff: Tara Sweeney

  • Summary: This grant provides special education learners the opportunity to create a scrapbook from the school year experiences, including field trips, class parties, presentations, academic progress and more. Students affected by this grant have limited communication abilities compared to their same-age peers and have difficulty communicating to their families what they did at school. This would allow for students to have a book showing their experiences throughout the school year to look back on and discuss with others. Awarded: $500

    Memory Book

Kindergarten Aero Gardens
Lead Teacher/Staff: Pam Wertjes

  • Summary: Aero gardens provide kindergarteners a hands-on experience where they learn about planting, growing, caring for and eating fruits and vegetables. The gardens enhance science curriculum, including the study of living vs. non-living items and plant growth cycles. They also connect to health lessons in healthy eating. Awarded: $1,260

    Aero Gardens

Ride and Read
Lead Teacher/Staff: Rachel Studnicka

  • Summary: Expanding on Groveland's Green-Fit-Fun initiative, the grant provides commercial quality recumbent stationary exercise bikes. Students can read while they cycle to stimulate and enhance cognitive development. Awarded: $2,160

    Ride and Read

Speaking and Listening Stations
Schools: Clear Springs, Groveland, Minnewashta, Scenic Heights and Minnetonka Middle School West. Lead Teacher/Staff: Deb Jensen

  • Summary: Assisting students receiving speech and language services, this grant provides speaking/listening stations with a good microphone and headphone for independent practice of newly acquired sounds. Students will be more engaged and will improve their self-analysis and self-correcting abilities, putting them on a faster track to meeting their goals and objectives. Awarded: $308

    Speaking and Listening Stations

Design for Learning
Districtwide. Lead Teacher/Staff: Nicole Snedden

  • Summary: The Design for Learning district-wide innovation project empowers Minnetonka students, staff, and community to transform teaching and learning through the design of the learning environment. Now in the second year of fund allocation, Design for Learning promotes the exploration of physical spaces and how we utilize them for learning. Awarded: $ 10,000

    Design for Learning
Thank you to the Minnetonka Foundation for their ongoing support!
Students and Elders Learning Together grant presented to Sara Lovelace and Patricia Cespedes-Schueller My Memory Book- Scrapbooking Through the Year grant accepted by principal David Parker
Ride and Read Lead grant presented to Rachel Studnicka Design for Learning grant presented to Nicole Snedden

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