The Fenton Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 school year foundation grants at its Monday, June 3 meeting.
The names of proposed recipients and details on the grant projects were presented by Barry Tiemann, principal of State Road Elementary School. He also is on the Fenton Education Foundation Board of Directors and serves as the Grant Committee chairperson.
The Fenton Education Foundation exists for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the academic, art and athletic programs for all Fenton Area Public School children.
“The Foundation further demonstrates our commitment to the advancement of the educational mission of the Fenton school district by providing up to $10,000 each year in grant opportunities to our Fenton staff,” Tiemann said in a memo to the school board.
Tiemann said much like in previous years, the number of grant requests and the amount of money requested far exceeded the amount available from the foundation. This year there were $19,026 in grant requests.
“While we weren’t able to fund all of them, we anticipate some of the other requests will be funded through alternative district funding,” he said.
There is a vast mix of grade levels and disciplines represented in the 2018-2019 school year grants. Because $1,000 of unused grant money from last year was returned to the foundation, they were able to award $11,009 this year.
The recipients are:
North Road Elementary School
• Amy Bonk, Amy Heslip and Jennifer Tiemann, kindergarten teachers, each received $650 for “Books for Shopping.” This program provides new, high quality, leveled books for students to select from in each kindergarten classroom library.
• Sandra Law, art teacher, received $590 for ceramic material.
• Cynthia Panchula, second grade teacher, received $650 for “Promoting Reading Success” materials.
• Jeanne Young, physical education teacher, received $217 for “Music Movement & Toe Token Rewards.”
State Road Elementary School
• Mechelle Clark, first grade teacher, received $520 for STEM kits for morning tubs.
• Renee Kuhn, kindergarten teacher, received $905 for “Listening Comprehension Learning ALL Year” materials.
• Michelle Vultaggio, a kindergarten teacher, received $240 for “Ten Frame Answer Boards for Hands on Learning.”
• Susan Welch, fourth grade teacher, received $420 for “Class Set of Headphones.”
Tomek-Eastern Elementary School
• Sheila Best, fourth grade teacher, received $200 for “Class Set of Headphones.”
• Kristen Senyko, kindergarten teacher, received $247 for “You’ve Got Mail,” a classroom mailbox center where each student has their own mailbox to provide an organized, designated space for their materials.
AGS Middle School
• Cassandra Birchmeier, art teacher, received $600 for “Clay Working & Painting Proposal.”
• Stephanie Chapman, technology teacher, received $600 for “Computer Science/STEAM Technology Class.”
• Andy Perkins, music teacher, received $600 for “instrumental Music Library.”
• Claire Reynolds, eighth grade science teacher, received $270 for “Classroom Headphones.”
Fenton High School
• Tracey Jambeck, art teacher, received $1,000 for “Bringing more sculpture into the Sculpture, Drawing and Painting class.”
• McMillan, Hall and Bakker, representing track and field, received $1,000 for “High Jump Pit.”
• Mitchell Smelis, athletic trainer, received $1,000 for “CPR Manikins.”