MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Take a look at some of our campaigns listed below. Each campaign has a particular goal in order to make the event a reality.

  1. Robotics Club – Teacher: Tammy Rensch, 5th Grade, Johnson Crossing Academic Center

    This gift will help allow more students work in smaller groups during Robotics Club on Mondays after school. We currently have groups of 5-6 students working with each VEX robotics kit. It would be ideal to have groups of 3-4 students, allowing more students a chance to have the hands-on experience. We typically have 80+ students attend Robotics/Coding Club at Johnson Crossing Academic Center on Mondays after school until 4:45 PM. Coding/Robotics Club is open to ALL 5th and 6th graders at JCAC who are interested.

    This club is designed to increase knowledge about robotics and coding, as well as, building friendships, working with others, and so much more! Students are learning the skills needed for coding and building robotics, and they will be using the knowledge from coding to program the VEX robots to do specific tasks. By purchasing 5 additional kits plus another controller and several smart motors, students will be allowed to really increase their hands-on learning time. Smaller groups results in more engaged students, as they are allowed to be more directly involved. Thank you for your support!
    $0.00 donated of $1,100.00 goal
  2. Activities for Kinesthetic Learners – Heather Millard, Kindergarten Teacher, Bell Field Elementary

    This gift will help provide supplemental materials to support our current curriculum. I have been tracking a trend within the kindergarten population. This trend is showing that there is a larger number of kinesthetic learners. Students seem to learn better when the learning goal is connected to fine and gross motor activities. My goal is to provide more kinesthetic learning opportunities connected to the FPS curriculum and Nebraska State Standards.

    The items purchased will be used for independent use, group use, partner use, and sent home as family learning activities. Every student in the classroom will have the opportunity to use each item purchased. The duration of this project is a one-time request, however the items requested will be used for years to come.
    $0.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  3. Julia Cook (social/emotional) books – Karie Martin, Ed.S., School Psychologist, Milliken Park Elementary

    By allowing teachers to have their own set of Julia Cook books (for each grade level), the teachers can more easily access these books immediately to read and support social/emotional topics that arise. Guidance lessons on various topics are only able to be taught once/month. Furthermore, every month, a different topic is addressed. If teachers have a set of Julia Cook books at each grade level, the books can be read over an extended amount of time, reviewed over and over again, and activities can be built with these social/emotional discussions within other core curricular areas. By having more social/emotional skill development, students may develop greater respectful and responsible behaviors that help all students learn more effectively throughout the school day.

    At this time, I am requesting financial support of $380 to complete a set of 10 Julie Cook books for each grade level team at Milliken Park Elementary. Julia Cook books typically run for approximately $10-$11/book. The grant is to request a set of 10 books for each grade level to have in their shared library of resources (grades K-4). The teachers would select which 10 books that they would like to have as a starter set based upon developmental levels and social/emotional topics of concern.
    $0.00 donated of $380.00 goal
  4. Support more 3-D Art – Jennifer Gay, High School Art Teacher, Sculpture, Pottery and Art 1

    My goals for this are multi-faceted. Primarily, I plan to increase productivity in my classroom when working on a variety of projects. Secondly, I plan to encourage responsibility and good character within students. My plan is to purchase essential tools for my classroom, and a lockable toolbox for storage. This would assure easy accessibility for all students, as well as assurance that the tools would be kept in a safe place, I will create a check out system so I have a record of the location of the tools at any given time and I will know if there is any misuse immediately. In order for the students in my sculpture and pottery classes to gain the exposure for a well-rounded experience, they need to be introduced to a variety of the tools while creating new projects. In the past, I have brought power tools and other tools from home on multiple occasions, so that students could successfully finish projects. Additionally, I have spent a great deal of money out of pocket to ensure students would be enriched with opportunities they needed to fulfil requirements of the class.

    Having a selection of basic tools would allow students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and create exemplary projects. Every student in my classes would be involved and impacted by this grant, with the purchase of these tools and cart. The toolbox would keep the tools organized. The checkout system would assist with accountability. The convenience of the roller cart would allow the tools to be portable. They could be rolled out of the storeroom when in use, but stored out of sight and out of the way in my tight fit classroom, while not in use. The use of power tools will require students to display leadership skills by exhibiting responsibility in the care and use of the tools. Character will be displayed while students work as a team, learning to use these tools with cautions and respect.

    Since all students will have the opportunity to use these tools, ( which many have probably not had the opportunity to use) I will teach students how and when to properly use each tool This education will introduce them to a life skill they will most assuredly find useful in the future. My evaluation of the success of the grant will be evident by the students in their growth in the ability to responsibly check out tools from the cart and return them properly, the ability to use power tools cautiously and effectively in class, and by the increased level of complex projects submitted in class. In the event that a tool would need replacement, it would be replaced or repaired with the art department budget. The items listed below are my wish list - these are all items that we use for most projects in my Sculpture class. I have attached the Menards sales sheet for each item so you can see what is included and measurements.

    1) Masterforce 41’’x 24’’ Gunmetal 11- Drawer Tool Cabinet Everyday price- $599.00 * Sale price- $499.00 (valid until 12/24/18)

    2) Masterforce FlexPower 20-Volt Cordless 8-Tool Combo Kit Everyday price- $349.00 * Sale price - $329.00

    3) Hitachi 15-Amp Corded 10’’ Single Bevel Compound Miter Everyday price- $190.00 * Sale price - $99.00

    4) Dremel Multipurpose Cutting Kit Everyday price- $18.89

    5) Performax Assorted Screwdriver Set- 37 pieces Everyday price- $14.99

    6) Stanley 51 Piece Tool Set Everyday price- $19.98

    I have supplies for projects budgeted into our Art budget for future projects - these tools would allow me to safely teach and help students create the projects that they want successfully. Thank you for your consideration on funding this request and your support. It would be a huge help to have these added to my classroom and the opportunity to teach students how to properly use these tools for their futures.
    $0.00 donated of $1,120.86 goal
  5. Calming Kits for each general education classrooms – Karie Martin, Ed.S., School Psychologist, Milliken Park Elementary

    Each K-4 classroom will be supplied a calming kit with supplies based upon developmental needs and quiet, calming, sensory items. Teachers may direct a student to use the kit, or a student may initiate the use of the kit on his or her own. The use of the calming down kit will help students to keep situations small (between a couple of people), and it will help students to apply self-regulation tools that are taught and applied on a regular basis to all students at the K-4 level (being safe, respectful, and responsible). As a result, all students are more likely to gain the skills necessary for academic success.

    I am asking for $250 to provide a kit for each general education classroom at Milliken Park. Each kit would need a durable container for items to be stored. There would need to be calming down, laminated resources that might look differently for different grades and developmental abilities (approximately $10.00/kit). In addition, we would want to purchase quiet, calming, sensory items such as stress balls ($8.00/item); Fidget/Sensory Toy Kit ($15.00/kit); and Noise Canceling Headphones ($10.00/item).

    These are some primary examples of items that would be used in classrooms. However, grade level teachers would be a part of the decisions of what quiet, calm, sensory items would be purchased.
    $0.00 donated of $250.00 goal
  6. Activities for Kinesthetic Learners – Sharla Barada, Kindergarten Teacher, Bell Field Elementary

    This gift will help provide supplemental materials to support our current curriculum. I have been tracking a trend within the kindergarten population. This trend is showing that there is a larger number of kinesthetic learners. Students seem to learn better when the learning goal is connected to fine and gross motor activities. My goal is to provide more kinesthetic learning opportunities connected to the FPS curriculum and Nebraska State Standards.

    The items purchased will be used for independent use, group use, partner use, and sent home as family learning activities. Every student in the classroom will have the opportunity to use each item purchased. The duration of this project is a one-time request, however the items requested will be used for years to come.
    $0.00 donated of $500.00 goal
  7. Carnegie Hall Crusade – Mark Harman Vocal Music Director – Fremont High School

    FHS Varsity Choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC to be a part of the Choirs of America 2020 COA Nationals for Top Choirs. This event “combines high magnitude music education experiences with world-class faculty… capped off with an amazing massed/individual choir event in Carnegie Hall.” This is an amazing opportunity to perform with world renowned conductors on America’s most prestigious stage.

    Along with performing on stage, the students participate in:
    • Adjudicated performances at Queens College
    • Performance review by clinicians
    • Detailed clinic with clinicians
    • Observational opportunities to watch other choirs perform
    • xChange workshop
    • Broadway 101 workshop
    • Spotlight performance on Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall
    • Perform a world-premiere finale of a newly commissioned piece from Composer-in-Residence Z. Randall Stroope
    • Attend two Broadway Shows
    • Sightseeing in NYC
    The cost of the entire trip is to be funded via donations. We are sending the entire Varsity Choir and sponsors - totalling 70 people costing $150,000.

    The trip is April 22-26 with the performance on April 24, 2020.
    $10,739.00 donated of $150,000.00 goal

TEACHERS

Have an idea for a campaign or something your students need? Go here to print the Making A Difference Funding Grant Application.