PEF Gives Out Fall Mini-Grants

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Educational Foundation recently awarded mini-grants to seven different teachers in the district.  Two times each year, the foundation gives out grants to students, educators and groups to encourage teachers to focus beyond standard curriculum, raise the educational performance of students of all ages and offer solutions for educational challenges.   Recent grant awardees include:

-Jill Mutchelknaus ofWashingtonandMcKinleyElementary Schools-who received $800 for a program that will help establish writing skills to prepare students to become life-long learners. 

-Jayson Poppinga ofT.F.RiggsHigh School-was given $350 for a project called “Digital Microscope Camera College Biology”. 

-Cathrine McGinnis of Washington Elementary received $555 for “Hands-On Math Learning” which will take students from concrete to abstract math concepts.

-Jennifer Nedrebo of Jefferson Elementary was provided $150 for “Listen Up for Fluency”.  She will purchase voice records that allow students to record themselves reading so they can hear what they sound like.

-Jen Allen of Buchanan Elementary was awarded $2,002.30 for “WeDo Robotics” in which students build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, connect them to a computer and use simple programming tools to control behavior.

-Denise Overweg of Washington Elementary received $205.40 for a project called “Worm Work”

-Jackie Richey of Jefferson Elementary was awarded $190 for “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You”.  Books will be purchased that allow students to work on partner reading, fluency and expression.

Since the Pierre Educational Foundation was established in 1996, over $129,000 has been awarded to various educational projects.

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