Teacher Grants
Teacher grants enhance the education of students in the Harrisonville School District by encouraging and recognizing new educational approaches and concepts that are not currently funded by the district. The grants provide funding for classroom materials which make these innovative instructional techniques possible. Teacher grants are presented twice each year.

Spring 2014 Teacher Grant Recipients 
Teachers and students in the Harrisonville School District recently received more than $2,200 in grants from the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

Throughout the ten years of the teacher grant program, more than $58,000 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:

•Harrisonville Early Childhood Center Library Media Specialist Jodi Fischer for the 1000 Book Club program which will encourage early reading by providing book bags and incentives to families to read 1,000 books with their children prior to kindergarten.  This grant is funded through the Cade Filer Memorial Teacher Grant.

•McEowen Elementary School teacher Megan Baxter’s class for a field trip to the Kansas City Zoo for a tour of the penguin exhibit.  The students in the class have studied penguins and did all the work and research to put together the grant application.

•Harrisonville High School band teacher Gabriel Fleetwood to fund an electronic keyboard for the program.

•McEowen Elementary School teacher Kim Spencer to purchase three classroom sets of books so all students can read the same book and participate in character analysis discussions and collaboration.

•McEowen Elementary School teacher Marla Brown for the purchase of owl pellets for dissection in science.  The students are participating in the school’s All-School Read event and one of the main characters in the book is an owl.

•Harrisonville Middle School art teacher Caitlynn Compton for a document camera to enable her to present demonstrations, share artwork, and facilitate student presentations.

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.

Cade Filer Memorial Teacher Grant
One grant in the amount of $500 will be awarded during each grant period (fall and spring). The grant will be restricted to equipment/resources that can be used year after year instead of disposable or one-time uses. This grant is funded through an endowment from family and friends in the memory of Cade Filer.

Spring 2008 Recipient
Nancy Cummings, Harrisonville Elementary School, 2nd Grade

Fall 2008 Recipient
Kim Redinger, Jason Vaughn, Lindsey Weisz and Zach Sherman, HMS

Spring 2009 Recipient
Heather Caldwell, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center, Kindergarten

Fall 2009 Recipient
Brenda Foerschler, Harrisonville Elementary School, Title I Math

Spring 2010 Recipient
Preschool teachers, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center

Fall 2010 Recipient
April Schoenberg, Harrisonville Elementary School

Spring 2011 - No grant awarded

Fall 2011 Recipient
Tonya Ours & Darla Six, McEowen Elementary School

Spring 2013 Recipient
Curtis Clark, Harrisonville Middle School 

Fall 2013 Recipients
Amelia Selsor, Harrisonville Elementary School
Emily Terwilliger, Harrisonville High School

Spring 2014 Recipient
Jodi Fischer, Harrisonville Early Childhood Center