This is the 12th consecutive year that the North Bank Communities Fund has awarded teacher grants as part of its community grant-making program. To date, the fund has awarded nearly $30,000 to more than 100 classroom teachers in north bank communities to support school enrichment programming.
The fund’s Advisory Committee awarded grants in varying amounts up to $400 to support a variety of special student learning opportunities and classroom experiences not covered by regular school budgets. All of the classroom teachers receiving grants will incorporate their special learning activities into the current school year.
Recipients of 2011 North Bank Communities Fund Teacher Grants, and the purpose and amount of their grant, are:
— Amy Berry and Julie Marcus, Holmes Elementary School: Environmental Awareness Club, $325.
— Julie Marcus, Holmes Elementary School: reading assistive technology, $310.
— Irene Sipe, Lake Hills Elementary School: environmental art project/recycling, $325.
— Cara Guzman, Spring Lake Intermediate School: leveled books for science instruction, $325.
— Stacey Peterson, Spring Lake Middle School: Check Book Credit Score Math, $325.
— Elizabeth Schanhals, Spring Lake High School: dissolved oxygen/AP biology, $299.
— Jennifer Prescott, Walden Green Montessori School: learning environment ball chairs, $300.
— Stefanie Anderson, Walden Green Montessori School: raised bed peace garden project, $400.
— Tisha Lankamp and Jessica Dyball, West Michigan Arts & Academics Academy: classification of West Michigan native animals, $380.
All classroom teachers in public, private and charter schools located in the north bank communities are eligible to participate and were invited to submit grant applications to the annual competitive grant program.
The North Bank Communities Fund is a component fund of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Established in 1990, all gifts and donations to the fund become part of the permanent endowment that supports the efforts of the fund, with only the growth and earnings of the used to support projects such as the teacher grant program.