Foundation awards $70,000 in grants to schools, programs

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation has announced its 2014-2015 grant recipients. This year, it is giving nearly $70,000 to 16 schools or programs to fund projects, pilot programs and other needs that may not otherwise be funded due to limited resources.

The foundation reviews requests for funding and awards grants to those initiatives that further the AHEF’s strategic priorities of enriching early childhood education, advancing talent development and increasing career and college readiness.

Anoka-Hennepin School District staff and teachers submitted $340,000 in requested funds this year, which is the largest amount ever requested, according to Marlene Colvin, chair of the foundation board.

“As a result, the competition for funding was extremely tight. The board of directors was pleased to see so many strong grant proposals, but it made the decisions around which projects to fund that much more difficult,” she said.

The $70,000 in grants awarded addresses needs at all school levels, from prekindergarten through Adult Basic Education. In addition to these annual grants, the AHEF plans to award another $25,850 in perennial grants.

All told, the AHEF was able to award a total of $95,271 to district projects in 2013-2014.

“We are so fortunate to have a solid donor base of generous staff, teachers, community members, civic organizations and corporate and business partners that value the work of our schools and choose to invest in our students through the Foundation. We are so thankful to our donors; they are the people that make these grant awards possible,” Colvin said.

This year’s grant recipients include the following:

–Adult Basic Education, Kathleen Moriarty, Developing Digital Literacy Skills for Adult Learners, $13,500.

–Blaine High School, Brent Johnson, Bengal Bystander 2014-2015, $3,000.

–Blaine High School, Tim Nestrud, Little Free Libraries for Elementary Schools, $550.

–Compass Program, Laura Hendricks, Compass Programs Career and College Readiness via Life Skills, $5,000.

–Coon Rapids Middle School, Ryan Green, Seventh-grade ELA Chromebooks, $3,960.

–Crossroads Alternative High Schools, Mark Duffy, MAAP STARS, $1,100.

–Crossroads Main and West campuses, Nancy Chave, Crossroads Strengths Finder Student Evaluations and Coaching, $6,600.

–Crossroads West, Linda Yankovec, Successful Academic and Career Transition Project, $500.

–Early Childhood Family Education, Brenda Reiner, ECFE Student Development Enrichment Program, $1,000.

–ECSE Physical Therapists, Sara Barthel, Anoka-Hennepin Physical Therapy Dept. Innovative Intervention and Documentation Options Through Technology, $3,951.

–Hoover Elementary School, Kandy Schroer, Hoover’s iPads for K-2 Learning, $11,037.

–Jackson Middle School, Barry Boevers, Student Used Heart Rate Technology in PE Classroom to Improve Fitness, $3,500.

–Northdale Middle School, Mike Broos, Northdale Middle School WATCH D.O.G. (Dads of Great Students) Program, $407.

–Oxbow Creek Elementary School, Anne Roehrich, Multiple Artists in Residence, $1,800.

–Roosevelt Middle School, Shanan Edelheit, The Roosevelt Royal Read-Promoting Community Engagement, Courageous Conversations and Student Understanding Through Literacy, $4,000

–All high schools, high school principals, AP, ACT and IB testing grant for all high schools, $10,000 (estimate based on 2013-2014 usage).