Sabetha PTO awards funds to Sabetha teachers through Classroom Enhancement Program

Submitted by Sabetha PTO

A program implemented last year by Sabetha PTO has made it possible to grant eight funding requests from Sabetha teachers.

Through the newly established Classroom Enhancement Program, a total of $1,540 has been awarded to Sabetha teachers during the program’s fall cycle.

Teachers receiving funding for requested classroom enhancements during the fall cycle include the following: Monica Edelman, Sabetha High School Spanish teacher; Connie Herbster, SHS art teacher; Dustin Schrag, Sabetha Middle School business and technology teacher; Katie Topp, SHS and SMS band teacher; Nick Richardson, Sabetha Elementary School fourth grade teacher; Anne Werner, SES second grade teacher; Donna Elder, SES kindergarten teacher; and Shari Frey, SES special education teacher.

A second funding cycle will be offered in January, with approximately $2,500 available to award.

Funding for the 2018-19 awards — totaling a little more than $4,000 — was made possible through fundraising carried out during the previous school year through four cake raffles, Give to Grow Match Day, and a taco feed. Sabetha PTO will be raising funds during this school year to benefit next year’s program.

About the Program

The CEP is aimed at benefiting all three Sabetha schools, by enhancing the education of Sabetha students while also providing support to teachers and staff. All funding is equally available to any certified staff member working in any of the three Sabetha schools.

Eligible classroom enhancements include the following: products or projects to supplement curriculum (consumable and/or sustainable); products or projects that enhance the learning experience of students; products or projects that impact students or their interests that are not otherwise serviced; and products or projects that promote positive behavior.

The Classroom Enhancement Program was established by Sabetha PTO in May 2017. The program is designed to award funds in two cycles each year — a Fall Cycle, awarded in September; and a Spring Cycle, awarded in January. Funds are awarded through an anonymous selection process by a seven-person CEP Selection Committee, with two parents representing each of the Sabetha schools and PTO being represented by the vice president.

For more information on the Classroom Enhancement Program, please contact Sabetha PTO at


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