2020 – 2021 APEF Grant Recipients

In the midst of a pandemic and navigating the sometimes tumultuous waters of distance learning, it is particularly sweet to be able to award grants to teachers and schools within the Austin Public School District #492.

This year, we have had the privilege of receiving funds from the Hirsch Family Foundation. This allows us to approve some larger, school level grants.

Building Level Grants

These grants are funded by the Hirsch Family Foundation.

Requestor & SchoolRequestAmount
David Brown – Ellis Middle SchoolIndoor/Outdoor Portable Scoreboard$2,999.00
Eric Kossoris – Neveln ElementaryGagaball Pit $2,407.00
Katie Keller – Woodson Kindergarten CenterSelf-Regulation Classroom Break Boxes for every classroom$3,799.00
Ellen Verdoorn – Woodson Kindergarten Center
Monkey Bars$4,326.00
Lisa Quednow – Austin High SchoolAHS Weight Room Equipment $4,823.70
Deb Berg & Shari Michels – Community Learning Center
Indoor Preschool Playground$11,570.00
Kate Holmes – IJ HoltonArt Supplies$2,365.00
Jenny Compton – IJ HoltonComputer Programming & Language Building Table$8,345.34
Megan Kraemer, Nicole Edwards, & Kendra Hotchkiss – Banfield Elementary
Sensory Path$2,024.65
Julie Kakes & Jason Boe – Southgate ElementaryWalking in Snow – Snowshoes $2,503.00
Jenna Manggaard – Sumner ElementaryXACTO school pro pencil sharpeners for every classrom$728.00

Teacher Grants

These grants are funded by the Huntting and Packer Endowments. Annual interest earned through these endowments determine the amount that can be distributed to teachers each year.

Austin High School
Lisa Peters & Jordan ReimNovel studies$449.40
Jacy BodiDAPE Scooters$1,655.10
Kathy SforzaNational Geographic Independent Reading$883.00
Alexa DolanAHS Student Resource Room$854.00
Bobbie StoneASD Sensory Materials$300.00
Darla BernardHorizons Movement Enrichment Supplies$652.69
Emily Hovland9th Grade Classroom Library$500.00
Jesse SmithPottery Hand Extruder$750.00
Colleen OwensGiant Floor Continent Map & Materials – North America$2,210.00
Sue Conway & Kendra HotchkissKindness Initiative$575.00
Kendra HotchkissSensory Tools$800.00
Nicole Edwards1st Grade Literacy Enrichment$455.49
Community Learning Center
Lindy HagstromSocial Skills Kits – ECFE$862.30
Kim PotterSpecial Education – Early Childhood Sensory Tools$750.00
Judi NeedhamFraction Manipulatives$283.79
Colleen OlmstedKindergarten Social Studies Library Set$277.92
Sarah WermagerKids Korner SecondStep Bullying Prevention Unit$1,129.00
Ellis Middle School
Rhonda Regan Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine$399.00
Juliana Pena-Marconi &
Violet Osmonson
Sensory Overload$1,002.00
IJ Holton
Tina HenelyKagan Material$435.00
David BrownIndoor Movement Break Materials$596.28
Cori McRaeClassroom Light Filters$99.98
Kristen Wilker5th Grade Language Arts Supplies$632.98
Marianne DavidsonHigh Interest – Low Leveled Phonics Chapter Books$552.00
Jenny MadsenMakerspace Cricut Machine$489.75
Ethan Wightkin & Leah MotlRubber Band & Elastic Orchestra Arrangements$1,729.00
Michelle Swank5th Grade Special Education Literacy Games$223.79
Laura Marreel5th Grade Alternative Seating$1,029.00
Maria Mickelson & Janene LunningMaking Math Meaningful$500.00
Clint PhillipsVEX IQ Super Kits$758.00
Amber Rochat1st Grade Math & Reading Center Enrichment $275.01
Julie Nelson, Erick LaRock, & Shelly WeinmannGames for Reading and Math Skills$259.56
Katie Tharp 15 Glockenspiels$663.00
Katie TharpSTEM Supplies & Pictures$322.84
Oakland Education Center
Jessica BernandFocus Room Tools $251.74
Jason BoeDAPE Tricycles$439.99
Erin SchoenATD and STEM Games$300.00
Christy HalseyDecodable Readers$606.70
Traci BraatenLego Educational Sets$247.48
Julie Kakes, Darcy Heimermann,
Evelyn Napton, & Chelsea White
Zuma Chairs$1,569.00
Jennifer SimsZones of Regulation Book Nook$350.00
Jason BoeBison 6-1 Easy Up Youth Basketball Goal$669.00
Jenna Manggaard & Jessica DammenEarly Reader Books$2,855.00
Jessica Dammen, Renee Gogolewski, Fernando Garcia, & Joelle MayersELL Classroom Library$1,316.00
Nancy Braaten Hands-On Manipulative Kits$672.00
Nikky Tolde Critical Thinking Games$384.00
Alisha GalleMath Mats $590.00
Brian HouseNumber Line Floor Mats and Alphabet Arcs$999.68
Sarah SathreRecess Accessories $528.28
Erin Heinlen & Morgan SchmitzPhysical Education Equipment$1,269.05
Multi-Site Requests
David Hovland, Katie Tharp,
Nikky Tolde, & Kim Zerke
Elementary Music Puppets – Banfield, Neveln, Southgate, & Sumner$496.25 
Maureen NotermanPBIS Behavior Support Resources – Neveln & Sumner$267.69

Total: $37,166.74

Between the Hirsch Foundation and the Huntting and Packer Endowments, the Austin Public Education Foundation was able to provide 63 grants totaling $83,057.43! Congratulations to this year’s recipients. We look forward to seeing your grants in action during the 2020 – 2021 school year.

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