Apple Seed & American Family Recipients 2019-2020

Congratulations to all of the deserving Apple Seed Grant winners! The 2019 Prize Patrol surprised teachers and staff today at their buildings with 19 different grants to help fund creative ideas to support student learning. The prize patrol is made up of community volunteers and district personnel who want to make this a fun and memorable experience for staff. The St. Joseph School District Foundation awards the grants, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The Foundation is a local non-profit foundation that supports learning in the SJSD. Funding is provided entirely through community donations. The Apple Seed Grants are awarded to teachers and staff who have innovative ideas that would directly affect students. The grants give schools the opportunity to explore new ideas in the classroom. We would like to extend a big thank you once again this year to American Family Insurance, who provides a large amount of the funding, which has greatly increased the number and amount of funds awarded.

  • Kelly Robb (Carden Park): Building Fluency in Math

    This grant will be used to purchase a number of different math manipulatives that will help build number sense and fluency.

  • Darbie Valenti (Carden Park): Research Got Real

    This grant will be used to purchase equipment that will give students the opportunity to design and produce videos to share their research and writing with the world.

  • Tracy Verduzco (Central): Portable Translators

    This grant will be used to provide ESOL students with access to portable translators that will enhance and support learning, communication, and relationships for students who are not proficient in academic English.

  • Paula Habrock (Edision): Kindness Initiative

    The Bee Kind initative will teach students the importance of being kind and how it can have a postive impact on themselves and those around them.

  • Jen Lewandowski (Field): Conscious Discipline

    This grant will be used to purchase the Conscious Discipline Classroom Kit. This kit will help children learn self-regulation and to discipline their way of thinking before a disruption occurs.

  • Clara Liles (Hillyard): Apprentice Leadership Training

    This grant will fund a field trip for students in the Apprentice program to Tucker Leadership Lab in Liberty, Missouri, at William Jewell College. This training program challenges students to think critically and problem-solve while physically engaging in team challenges for a 4-5 hour time span.

  • Kaleb Johnson (Hyde): Warrior News and Theatre

    This grant will help create a broadcasting and theatre club at Hyde Elementary. This club will enrich students' lives with the world of arts, digital-media, broadcasting, and communications.

  • Sandy Makos (Hyde): Math Jumps

    This grant will provide funds to purchase three math grid carpets to be places in second grade classrooms at Hyde Elementary. These carpets will provide a kinesthetic, whole-body way, of developing number sense.

  • Rhonda Cook (Lafayette): Lucky Clover Cards

    This project will provide students with the opportunity to develop job-related skills in a hands-on manner. These activities will be part of the Job Development class offered at Lafayette High School.

  • Melissa Drag (Mark Twain): Building Bridges with Books

    This project will be used to purchase Treasure Bay's "We Both Read" series. These books are designed to help struggling readers and increase parental involvement in the child's reading development.

  • Sondra Ussary (Mark Twain): Catch Classroom

    This grant will be used to purchase a throwable microphone to encourage interaction in classroom discussions, build confidence, and improve public speaking skills.

  • Stephanie Grable (Pickett): In Your Face

    In Your Face: Reading Portraits as Biographies" is a year-long project geared toward third grade students at Pickett Elementary. Students will be taught six elements of visual literacy, or "reading" pictures, that will deepen the students' comprehension of informational texts through arts integration.

  • Danitra Roberts (Pickett): Wondrous Weather

    This grant will be used to purchase weather measuring tools such as thermometers, barometers, and rain gauges. Students will be able to implement these tools when learning about weather science to gain hands-on knowledge.

  • Melissa Corey (Robidoux): Baby Badger Books & Lunch and Learn

    The Baby Badger Books program will increase early childhood literacy in younger siblings of current Robidoux Middle School students. Students will receive training in storytelling techniques by the St. Joseph Public Library staff. Lunch and Learn will provide timely, relevant technology professional development to all staff members at Robidoux during the school day on a monthly basis.

  • Kim Arnold (Robidoux): Coffee Cart

    The Badger Brew Coffee Cart will help students learn social, communication, life, and job skills that will help them be successful outside the classroom and in the community.

  • Jeffery Campbell (Truman): Engineering with LASERS

    This project will provide opportunities to students to gain first-hand experience in subtractive manufacturing, increase options for student production, and bring their work full circle by designing objects for real clients: their classmates.

  • Jeff St. John (Webster): Rec Room Lounge

    This grant will be used to further invest in the Webster Rec Room by providing students a comfortable seating and lounge area. The Rec Room provides students with a space to connect socially and foster a sense of belonging.

  • Angela Klaassen (Webster): Trauma Conference

    With this grant Angela will attend the Trauma Sensitive School Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Information and skills learned at the conference will be implemented at Webster in conjunction with their Focus Room.

View the highlights on how the Apple Seed Grant funding is being used.