The SPARK PTO has been happy to sponsor enrichment grants for the past few years. Funding for these programs are supported by PTO membership and fundraising activities.
The PTO Innovation Grant program allows students, parents, teachers and staff to apply for grant funding for ideas/activities in the classroom that would enhance learning! Past Innovation Grant recipient submissions include:
- Science kits
- Bouncy Bands for desk to helps high energy workers fidget without distracting others and ease anxiety or hyperactivity.
The 2017 Innovation Grant application process is now closed. Submissions were due Friday February 3, 2017.
Check back next year to see how you could get funding for your ideas.
- Idea: Is there an activity that is needed in the classroom/school that would enhance learning?
- Background: For teachers, consider discussing the idea with your grade level team or Mr. Harness to make sure that the items do not already exist.
- Apply: Complete the SPARK PTO Enrichment Grant Application. Please give strong consideration to completing and submitting your grant application electronically. It greatly facilitates the review process and record keeping! Applications are due Friday February 3, 2017 and should be submitted electronically to Jenny Lockwood.
- Vote: The Grant committee will review each application and announce awards by Friday, March 10, 2017.
Please contact Jenny Lockwood, teacher representative to the Grants Committee, with any questions. The committee looks forward to receiving your grant applications!
Congratulations to our 2016-2017 SPARK PTO Innovation Grant recipients – Mindy Mailman (2nd grade) and Monica Slack (Gifted)!
The Art of Math & Science – Mindy Mailman (2nd grade)
The Alliance Arts for Learning Institute provides an innovative way for a teacher to teach math and science through drama. The program provides 10-in class sessions co-taught by a teaching artist and the classroom teacher. It also offers the opportunity for the teacher and teaching artist to collaborate on learning goals and standards. It offers time to devise the lessons, refine and create a meaningful assessment. This project taps into the students’ creativity, their need for movement and their quest to always try things that are innovative and different.
DNA: The Stuff of Life – Monica Slack (Gifted)
Within the project, the 5th grade students will be presented with information to deepen their understanding of the importance of DNA. They will not only look at the fundamental information about heredity/genetics, but they will also gain an understanding of how we use DNA to help us solve problems.