Teachers and students in the Harrisonville School District recently received more than $3,700 in grants from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.
Throughout the 13 years of the teacher grant program, more than $80,000 has been presented to teachers. The goal of the program is to enhance the education of Harrisonville students by encouraging and recognizing new educational approaches and concepts that are not currently funded by the district.
The grants were awarded in a surprise squad format with Foundation trustees surprising the teachers in their classrooms and presenting them with a check.
Teacher grants were awarded to the following:
Rebecca Reeser, speech/language teacher at McEowen Elementary School, for additional technology in the form of a TV to be hooked to a teacher laptop for use in meetings with staff, parents, and students to cut down on the use of paper and provide the ability to use live working documents.
Brian Graber, counselor at Harrisonville Elementary School, for counseling curriculum for third grade which is in line with the counseling curriculum for K-2 previously funded by the Foundation. This grant was funded through the Cade Filer Teacher Grant Endowment.
Kim Spencer, fourth grade teacher at McEowen Elementary School, for math manipulatives for hands-on learning to provide a physical understanding of what math concepts look like.
Marla Brown, fourth grade teacher at McEowen Elementary School, for classroom sets of four books to provide opportunities for sharing and discussion of literature in the classroom setting. All books have a focus on positive character traits and acceptance of others.
Gail Howe, ELL teacher at Harrisonville Middle School, for Chromebooks for use with students who have limited language proficiency providing unlimited resources to supplement basic knowledge, cultural factors, translation, and comprehension.
The Harrisonville Public School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to support the educational activities and programs of the Harrisonville School District. To learn more about the Foundation, contact Executive Director Jill Filer at 380-2727, ext. 1224.