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Foundation Awards Grants to Port Angeles Teachers and Staff

Foundation Awards Grants to Port Angeles Teachers and Staff
Posted on 11/07/2016
Foundation Awards Grants to Port Angeles Teachers and StaffPort Angeles, Wash. - The Port Angeles Education Foundation has announced its School and Teacher Grants for the 2016-17 school year.  The Foundation awarded 29 grants totaling $39,950 to educators in the Port Angeles School District. This is an increase of $9,000 over last year when 24 grants were awarded by the Foundation.

“We were able to fund more projects this year due to the record breaking amount raised at the 2016 Celebrate Education dinner with keynote speaker Leigh Morgan, chief operating officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a 1986 graduate of Port Angeles High School,” Nola Grier, administrative director of the Foundation reported on behalf of the Foundation directors.

The Foundation has been awarding School and Teacher Grants in Port Angeles schools for over 20 years to expand and enrich student experiences, promote creativity in the classroom, and help students achieve academically. 

Foundation grants awarded for the 2016-17 school year are as follows: 

District Wide Grants


1. All Port Angeles School District (PASD) students (submitted by Tina Smith O’Hara). To attend Zydeco Experience performance during the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts - $1,000 

2. All PASD elementary school students (submitted by Amity Butler). Kit of specially made weighted items to support students who have sensory needs - $1,053

3. All PASD kindergarten students and Port Angeles High School drama students (submitted by Jeanne Wolfley). Collaborative drama performance and discussion - $1,280

4. All PASD 3rd grade students (submitted by Michele Olsen). Fall field trips to Hurricane Ridge - $1,000

Dry Creek Elementary

5. 4th grade team (submitted by Brian Clark). Digital microscope - $819

6. Infant/Toddler & Preschool – (submitted by Ann Mitchell).  Puzzles for preschoolers to enhance math and problem solving skills - $191

Franklin Elementary

7. Resource Room – (submitted by Kim Davis). Portable computer, accessories, and apps for students with unique learning challenges - $400

8. Multi-grade level enrichment cluster field trips (submitted by Claire Rausch). $700

9. 1st grade team (submitted by Sarah Schaefermeyer).  Little Passports to develop map skills and study geography, countries and culture - $119

10. 4th grade team (submitted by Gunnar Thomason).  After-school writing group, learning coding by using Ozobot robots - $1,199

Hamilton Elementary 

11. All Kindergarten students (submitted by Jennifer Mills, Danyelle Brannan, Linda Waknitz). Transportation costs to attend Seattle Children’s Theater performance of Firehouse Cat - $2,000

12. K-6th grade students (submitted by Rachel Sullivan). Missoula Children’s Theatre weeklong workshops culminating in full-length production open to the public - $2,500

13. 1st grade team (submitted by Sara Hochberger). Transportation costs to Point Defiance zoo - $2,000

14. 5th grade team (submitted by George Kheriaty). Salt Creek beach cleanup and storm drain pollution prevention - $1,000

15. 6th grade team (submitted by Lisa Martinez). Transportation costs to Museum of Flight (and possibly Mars) - $1,325

Jefferson Elementary

16. All students (submitted by Malinda Angevine). NatureBridge environmental stewardship lessons and assembly - $650

17. All 4th grade students (submitted by Raena Young) - Swimming lessons at William Shore Memorial pool - $1,580

Roosevelt Elementary

18. All students (submitted by Taffy Bond). Imagination playground foam blocks - $2,695

19. All students (submitted by Erika Kuch). Three grade-level presentations by author Paul Owen - $1,200

20. 1st-6th grade highly capable students (submitted by Lambert Grimes, Terri Longin, Karen Doran). Law & Order - learning and inquiry projects to study governance and law - $2,530

21. Kindergarten and 2nd grade students (submitted by Molly Hibler). Collaborative research projects on animals with trip to Point Defiance Zoo - $2,569

22. 4th grade students (submitted by Kathryn Hartman). Experience Washington with field trips to Washington State Museum and Museum of Glass - $2,229

23. Learning Center students (submitted by Brenda Tisdale). Chromebook computers for intensive instruction in reading, writing, and math - $1,940

Stevens Middle School 

24. 7th grade students (submitted by Stacey Sanders). Study “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” through the book, the movie, and on stage at Seattle Children’s Theater - $3,230

25. 8th grade students (submitted by Angie Gooding). To study the Whitman massacre and courtroom procedures then present a trial in the historic Clallam County Courthouse - $260

Port Angeles and Lincoln High Schools

26. Youth United (submitted by Tina Smith O’Hara). Awards for students completing requirements to letter in community service - $282

Lincoln High School

27. All students (submitted by Cindy Crumb). Transportation costs to Seattle Science Center -$1,060

Port Angeles High School

28. Science Club students (submitted by John Gallagher). Transportation costs for monthly Science Club field trips - $639

29. Science students (submitted by Cheryl Girardi). Local and regional transportation for ongoing environmental and marine projects - $2,500

Accompanying photo shows Cyras Mills, then a Hamilton sixth grader, during last year’s field trip to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. (Mills is now a seventh grade student at Stevens Middle School.)  All 38 sixth graders from Hamilton went on the field trip.  Hamilton sixth graders will be making the trip again this year. 

According to Hamilton teacher Rebecca Gundersen, “This was an incredible experience that our sixth graders continued to reference months after our trip.  Exploring the various areas of the museum and participating in the Mission to Mars simulation helped to create an interest in the field of aeronautics.”     

As part of its annual fundraising effort, the Foundation will hold a dinner-fundraising event in the spring. More plans about the event will be released soon.

For more information about the PAEF, visit www.portangeleseducationfoundation.org

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org