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PHMEF announces 2018 Fall Grant recipients

Mrs. Lindsay Helman's 4th grade class watching a Mustang Gives Back video
Mrs. Lindsay Helman's 4th grade class watching a Mustang Gives Back video

The P-H-M Education Foundation announced its Fall Grant Cycle recipients. A total of $17,458 will be disbursed to P-H-M staff. See the complete list is below.


Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996, more than $1 million have been distributed in innovative teaching grants supporting P-H-M teachers, staff, and students. The Grants Committee is comprised of Foundation board members, community representatives, and a P-H-M administrator who evaluate each grant application. 


EZ Form grant winners of $250 or less:

  1. Every Child Can Be a Genius
    Meadow’s Edge Elementary – Stacy Miller
    Awarded: $248.50 – Osmo Genuis Kits & Coding Jam Games for math and reading skills
  2. Lend Me Your Ears. Is That In Tune?
    Discovery Middle  – April Oppenheim
    Awarded: $250 – Nineteen snark tuners for orchestra classes
  3. Real World Newton’s Third Law Activity
    Penn High – Bruce Bergeron
    Awarded: $190 – Two 3B weighing scales for Chemistry/Physics students
  4. Self Regulated Silence
    Mary Frank Elementary – Lindsay Helman
    Awarded: $67.41 – Noise canceling headphones for students who need to work in silence.
  5. Fine Motor Activity Kit
    Moran, Disney, Elm, Meadow’s Edge Elem– Wendi Buckley
    Awarded: $247.77 – Items for help strengthen fine motor/coordination skills
  6. Mustangs Give Back
    Mary Frank Elementary – Lindsay Helman and Jill Coffman
    Awarded: $250 – Materials for after-school leadership club with a mission of educating students about giving back.
  7. Classroom Maestro in the Piano Lab
    Discovery Middle – Tammy Bilotta
    Awarded: $250 – Software that allows students to see keyboard notes as the teacher plays.
  8. Social Emotional Learning Books for Children
    Horizon Elementary – Joann Hartline
    Awarded: $237.39 – Books pertaining to the social well-being of children.
  9. Health Office – Student Clothing
    Elsie Rogers Elementary – Cynthia Huemmer
    Awarded $75 – Clothing and bins for students who need change of clothes during the school.
  10. SLP Toolkit Subscription​
    Northpoint/Mary Frank Elementary Schools – Shannon Harrington and Abbey Kaiser
    Awarded $180 – Software provides monitoring tools for students who need speech and language support
  11. “I Pity The Stools”​
    Schmucker Middle – David Sears
    Awarded $250 – Materials for students to design and build stools for the science lab.
  12. Flocabulary Learning the Fun Way
    Walt Disney Elementary – Amber Davis
    Awarded $120 – Classroom subscription for Flocabulary that contain lessons and quizzes.


Full Funding/Traditional Form Grants approved for $250 or more:

  1. Fostering Motivated Lifelong Readers
    Elsie Rogers Elementary – Carlye Ponsler
    Received $611.70
    Various literary materials that help students develop a love and understanding of reading. Materials will reinforce skills that are being taught and are vital to the third-grade literary standards. They will help students as overall readers, as well as with the individual skills necessary to understand different types of texts.
  2. Horizon Kids Can Code
    Horizon Elementary – Ann Lira
    Received $2,637.49
    Eight iPads and covers for the use of PLTW instruction at the fourth-grade level. Currently has to share with the kindergarten and second grade classes. PLTW units of study use Apps which require a touch screen tablet.
  3. Drumming 101
    Walt Disney Elementary – Rikki Thompson
    Received $893.36
    Drumming is an excellent way to teach students how to follow cues of the conductor; how to read and follow sheet music; and is an excellent instrument to utilize for composition. Drums are a great instrument to have they do not require time to tune nor are the pieces likely to break.
  4. Rest For the Weary
    Walt Disney – Melissa Heim and Wendi Buckley
    Received $1,600
    Therapeutic horseback riding has existed for many years. The natural movement of the horse moves the riders body similar to the human gait. Often students wiggle and become distracted in class because their bodies can’t adequately sustain the requirement to sit. The REST is a patented seat that simulates a walking horse’s gait.
  5. Project Lead The Way App Creators
    Grissom Middle – Chris Rosselit
    Received $2,287.52
    Sixteen Android tablets for students to use for mobile app creation. The purchase of these tablets will allow Grissom to offer a course in computer science through the existing PLTW program. The course will allow students to gain exposure to the fundamentals of computer programming and build their computational thinking skills.
  6. Here’s Your Sign
    Elm Road Elementary – Lisa Soto Kile
    Received $603
    Fifty Student of the Month yard signs for parents to take home in conjunction with the school’s current program that promotes students’ accomplishments throughout the year.
  7. Aim High, Achieve, and Celebrate Equitably
    Penn High – John Gensic
    Received $356.76
    Covering the cost of 18 of the 51 Early College students traveling to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago at an year-end trip. The trip will allow students to connect to biological concepts.
  8. End-Of-Year Reading Celebrations
    Walt Disney Elementary – Vivian Haney and Sally Zdziebko
    Received $675
    Students who have met seven out of eight monthly reading goals will be invited to participate in the End-Of-Year celebration. Students will receive gift bags as part of the incentive program.
  9. Mind Your Mindset
    P-H-M Elementary Schools – Heather Bell
    Received $524.23
    Youth Bureau Service’s program – Mind Your Mindset – focuses on building a positive growth mindset of social and emotional learning in preventing bullying, school violence, conflict and suspensions in all 11 P-H-M elementary schools.
  10. Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Earth
    Penn High – John Gensic
    Received $2,408
    Students will use 12 FLIR One thermo cameras to participate in the lab activities and home energy audits using thermal cameras and kill-o-watt meters. These activities will help students grow in awareness of the hidden loses of energy throughout the spaces they occupy.
  11. DMS Breakout Boxes
    Discovery Middle — James Howard
    Received $1,600
    Similar to escape rooms, a breakout box allows a group of students to work together as they solve a succession of hands-on, interlocking puzzles. The usage of breakout boxes can require students to think beyond a single classroom and content learning.
  12. Mindful Kindergarteners
    Prairie Vista Elementary – Sara Hammond
    Received $1,000
    Mindfulness practices to be introduces as a means to achieve attentiveness in class, independent work, self control, adjustment to various situations, follow directions. Research findings on the benefits of mindfulness practices suggest powerful opportunities for application in the classroom. Mindful U program teaches children yoga and mindfulness tools using playful, interactive activities.



Click here for a listing of the Spring 2018 grant recipients.