Teachers at McPherson USD 418 received 12 grants from the McPherson Community Education Foundation during the board of education meeting Monday. Twelve grants were awarded for a total amount of $25,148.05.
Cory Buchta received $2,239 for the McPherson High School debate team to obtain four laptop computers to go paperless and save the district printing and other expenses.
Curt Kornhaus and Sarah Burk received $4,088.02 to advance a robotics program for McPherson Middle and High School.
Jennifer Love received $3,171.60 for 20 iPod Touches and a carrying cart for second- and third-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School.
Melissa Beede received $2,419.52 to receive 12 iPods for her classroom at Lincoln Elementary School, which will allow every student to have their own.
Melissa Beede and JoRae Myers of Lincoln Elementary School received $916.90 to fund field trips to area zoos to educate students about habitats.
Cheryl Flaming, Cynthia Reynolds and Ami Schrader, McPherson elementary school teachers, received $1,390.10 to obtain more software to use with the Permethian boards that already are in place in their classrooms.
Paul Carver and Sheri Nakai received funds to advance the McPherson Middle and High School Bullpup Scholars program. A total of $2,940 will be used toward work with a film studio in Wichita. Funds of $1,214 will be used to develop scenarios for crime scene investigation that cannot otherwise be created by the teachers.
Larissa Maranell at McPherson High School received $1,712 for a clicker system that will allow students to privately enter data during class, which could be used to evaluate progress.
Carmen Zeisler and Katie Foster at Eisenhower Elementary School received $719.95 to obtain a learning technique that would integrate Legos to visually teach writing.
Linda Ferrell, Jeanne Zeitlow, Carmen Zeisler and Dawn Porter received $370 to begin an initiative to improve science comprehension. Once a month, classrooms will focus on the subject for an entire day.
Jackie Bohnenblust, Beth Wash, Travis Hampl, Megan Klassen and Kurt Kinnamon received $3,966 for McPherson Middle School field trips. Sixth-graders will visit the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita. Seventh-graders will stop at various McPherson locations, such as the McPherson Opera House, the Board of Public Utilities and the McPherson Museum upon completion. Eighth-graders will travel to Topeka to visit the capitol building and other locations.