Classroom Impact Grants Spring 2021

Students learn about laser rays thanks to Foundation grant

Seventh graders at South Middle School have been learning about laser rays, thanks to a gift from the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation. Earlier this semester, Teachers Vanessa Beere and Joanna Clark received a $750 grant to purchase laser ray boxes and lenses for 7th grade science classes. 

Students started off with single beam activities but quickly moved on to triple and five beam. Students were able to see in real time how light can be reflected and refracted using transparent materials. They started to get creative with the prisms and bending light. They were also able to apply their knowledge of convex and concave lenses to diverge and converge light beams and make inferences about how our eye-glasses work to help us see farther away and up close. 

Laser ray 1

Foundation awards more than $10,000 in grants

The Foundation Prize Patrol on March 5 awarded $10,286 in grant awards.

The grant awards will be used for a variety of items including supplies for a sensory room, supplies for bucket drums, equipment to begin a podcast, two taxi-trikes, seeds for a greenhouse project, and lenses for a science classroom.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle, Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston, and Foundation Secretary/Treasurer Pam Steele made the surprise presentations.

Grant to purchase 3-D printer and supplies 

Rebecca Huber, teacher of gifted students in the Elementary LEAP program, at right, received a $430 grant to purchase a 3-D printer and supplies. She is pictured with Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.

LEAP Huber grant

Grant for insect nets

Mike Roberts, science teacher at Ray-Pec High School, right, received a $120 grant to purchase insect nets. He is pictured with Jodie Huston, executive director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.

HS Mike Roberts grant

Grant for taxi-trikes

Mary Shatford, Director of Shull Early Learning Center, received a $600 grant to purchase two taxi-trikes.

SH Shatford grant

Grant for sensory room supplies

Bridle Ridge Elementary School Special Education Teacher Sherrie Goodwin and Occupational Therapist Gayle Vance (not pictured) received a $720 grant to purchase supplies and equipment for a sensory room for use by special education students and students in the Compass program.

BR Goodwin Vance grant

Grant for carts for 3-D printers

Ashlie Renfro, Digital Learning Teacher at Eagle Glen and Stonegate elementary schools, received two grants of $580 each to purchase carts for the 3-D printers at Eagle Glen and Stonegate.

SG Renfro grant

Grant to purchase a magnetic pillow fort system

Amy Heinen, physical therapist at Shull Early Learning Center, received a $450 grant to purchase components of a magnetic pillow fort system.

SH Heinen

Grant to purchase supplies for Life Skills classroom

South Middle School Special Education Teacher Tracy Elliott, left, and Occupational Therapist Bobbi Bond received a grant of $651 to purchase supplies for task boxes in the Life Skills classroom.

SMS Elliott Bond grant
EMS grant
SMS stream table gant

Grant to purchase stream tables and groundwater tables at both middle schools

A team of four teachers received a $625 grant to purchase stream tables and groundwater tables for science classes at both East Middle School and South Middle School. Teachers who wrote the grant request include Tanya Caldwell and Rebecca Gooding from RPEMS and Melissa Schmidt and Tracy Weeks from RPSMS. Caldwell and Gooding are in the left picture. Schmidt is in the right picture with Jodie Huston, executive director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundations. Weeks is not pictured.

Grant to start a podcast

High School Teacher Michaela Parisi, at right, and Teacher Heidi Lanksbury (not pictured), along with Digital Learning Teacher Dr. Amanda Kilgore (also not pictured) received a $260 grant to purchase equipment to begin a world language pod/vodcast. Parisi is pictured with Jodie Huston, executive director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.

HS Parisi grant

Grant to purchase Kwik Stix

Emily Pfaff, art teacher at Bridle Ridge Elementary School, received a $260 grant to purchase Kwik Stix. Kwik Stix are solid tempera paint sticks.

BR Pfaff grant

Grant to purchase DNA/RNA modeling sets

High School Teacher Megan Walker, at right, received a $680 grant to purchase DNA/RNA modeling sets. She is pictured with Jodie Huston, executive director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.

HS Walker grant

Grants for sets of reading books

Stonegate Elementary School Teacher Alisa Dutro received a grant of $340 to purchase sets of ELA chapter books for reading groups.


SG Dutro grant

Grant for alphabet sound tubs

Kindergarten teachers at Eagle Glen Elementary School received a $665 grant to purchase supplies for alphabet sound tubs and a storage rack. From left: Lori Glenn, Kelli Yahnig, and Stacey Barbarick.

EG Kdg grant

Grant to purchase supplies for science class

South Middle School Teachers Vanessa Beere, left, and Joanna Clark received a $750 grant to purchase laser ray boxes and lenses for 7th grade science classes.

SMS Beere Clark grant

Grant for the greenhouse project

South Middle School Teachers Carol Holsman and Alexandra Sirna received a $225 grant to purchase seeds and supplies for a greenhouse project for 8th grade science students.

SMS Holsman Sirna grant

Grant to purchase sensory intervention tools

Caitlin Fackler, counselor at Ray-Pec Academy and Success Academy, left, received a $440 grant to purchase sensory intervention tools. She is pictured with Jodie Huston, executive director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.

RPA Facklin grant

Grant to purchase communication board

Mariah Wellman, speech language pathologist at Shull Early Learning Center, received a grant of $750 to build a communication board for the playground. She is pictured with Superintendent Dr. Mike Slagle.

SH Wellman gant

Grant to purchase microphone

Ray-Pec High School Music Teacher Stephen Rew, left; Journalism Teacher Stefani Russ, right; and VIPR Secondary Digital Learning Teacher Dr. Amanda Kilgore (not pictured) received a $160 grant to purchase a microphone for use in the audio-visual Makerspace and the choir class.

HS Rew Russ grant

Grant for bucket drum supplies

Eagle Glen Elementary School Music Teacher Jonathan Kroeger, left, and Art Teacher Audalyn Vessar received a $430 grant to purchase supplies for bucket drums.

EG Kroeger Vessar grant

Grant to purchase water bottles

High School Teachers Ashleigh Easton, left, and Laura Columbatto, received a $570 grant to purchase water bottles for the Sources of Strength "I Am Stronger!" campaign.

HS Easton Columbatto grant

Classroom Impact Grant information

The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation invites teachers and staff to request grants of $50 to $750 to supplement the classroom and provide ways to enhance teaching and learning. Grant requests should impact student achievement. Applications will be accepted from Feb. 1 to 18, 2021.

Who is eligible to submit an application for consideration?  Individual employees, groups, or teams of employees can submit a grant application.

If the request is technology-related, the Technology Department must approve the request (via email to Ryan Gooding) before it is submitted to the Foundation. 

Application form

Grants will be considered by a Committee; presented to the Foundation Board; and awarded after that. Grant funds are to be used during the 2020-2021 school year.  A summary report/evaluation of the awarded projects must be submitted to Jodie Huston, Executive Director of the Ray-Pec Public School Foundation.  

The Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities for the benefit of students, staff, and the community.