Appleseed Grants awarded

The USD 113 Foundation awards teachers and staff members within Prairie Hills USD 113 the Fall 2017 Appleseed awards. Pictured are (L-R) Lisa Suhr, Brook Brubeck and Brian Cole.

Submitted by Lynn Hartter

The USD 113 Foundation Board and Sabetha, Wetmore and Axtell Schools, are pleased to announce the recipients of the Fall 2017 Appleseed Innovation Grants.

The Appleseed Innovation Grants are open to any teacher or staff member. The primary purpose is to fund new or innovative projects that directly impact student engagement. The grant also can be requested to expand existing innovations. Approximately $12,500 will be awarded to different projects, district-wide. The Appleseed Grants are sponsored and underwritten by Kent and Donna Saylor.

USD 113 District-Wide

New Food Fridays: All five buildings in the district will be visited, in turn, with information and taste offering of a new fruit or vegetable, on specified Fridays. This project was requested by Brook Brubeck, district food services director. The amount awarded was $450.

Robotics and Coding: After-school and summer coding academies in Axtell, Wetmore and Sabetha, expanding and utilizing Dot and Dash robots. This project was requested by Lisa Suhr, technology integration specialist. The amount awarded was $3,000.

Prairie Hills Green Screen Productions: Purchase of green screen movie production equipment for each of the five buildings in the district. This project was requested by Lisa Suhr, technology integration specialist. The amount awarded was $3,185.

Sabetha High School

Flight and Motion: Twelve mini-drones for use in the physical science and physics curriculum. This project was requested by Brian Cole, SHS physical sciences teacher. The amount awarded was $2,530.

The USD 113 Foundation representative Lynn Hartter, right, awards Sabetha Community Preschool teacher Holly Meyer, left, a Fall 2017 Appleseed awards.

Sabetha Elementary School

Standing Desks: Six standing desks, which will allow for alternative student posturing in the classroom. This project was requested by Lorinda Strahm and Jennifer Herrmann, third and fourth grade classrooms. The amount awarded was $1,272.

Hands-On Sound Manipulation for Interventive Reading Groups: Tactile letters that can be handled and manipulated by students. This project was requested by Shari Frey, teacher. The amount awarded was $200.

Nature Soundscape: A six-foot musical fence, with roof, to be added to the SES Nature Area. This project was requested by Holly Meyer, pre-kindergarten teacher, and Donna Elder, co-teacher. The amount awarded was $1,115.

Axtell Public Schools

Creative Displays: A Cricut machine and software, first to be used for library reading promotional displays, but also for use by other staff members and by students. This project was requested by Cindy Kaster, paraprofessional. The amount awarded was $665.

The Appleseed Innovation Grants are one of many funds and/or scholarships administered by the USD 113 Foundation Board. The Board is made up of volunteer representatives from the entire district.

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