North Platte Public School educators recently were awarded school district foundation grants to motivate and educate students at all levels of ability and interest.The North Platte Public School Foundation recently gave more than $5,000 in “REACH” grants to improve educational opportunities for North Platte students.
“The innovation and research that applicants use to support their REACH Grant requests show that our educators are dedicated to making a difference,” Foundation Director Heather Halligan said. “These visionaries are looking for new ways to motivate and educate students at all levels of ability and interest.”
The North Platte Public Schools Foundation has granted $182,249.86 in REACH grants, supporting students at all schools in the district, Halligan said.
The February 2014 grant awards went to:
• Amy Black – Osgood/Cody/McDonald:
The funds will enable K-5 students at Osgood, Cody and McDonald schools to visit, learn and be inspired by award winning author, Tom Birdseye. Birdseye is a Nebraska Golden Sower nominee for his book, Storm Mountain. The opportunity will give students a firsthand experience of the writing process in an entertaining and educational environment.
• Midge Mougey – Lake Maloney/Osgood:
Funds will help send all of the first graders in the North Platte public school district to an exclusive viewing of the acclaimed IMAX film "Flight of the Butterflies in 3D" at the Carmike Theatre. Butterflies are a specific part of the NPPSD first grade curriculum, and this venue will enrich that lesson.
• Anne O’Connor – NPHS:
FCCLA is a student organization in which students learn leadership skills through activities, service projects and competition. In addition to leadership skills, they strive to make a positive impact in their community, school and within their families. Funds will assist with costs associated with state leadership conference.
• Jennifer Paul, Angela Morris & Melissa Licking – Jefferson:
Funds will update existing listening centers in kindergarten classrooms at Jefferson. Utilizing media already in place, additional books will be purchased, allowing students a greater variety of choices in a positive and interactive learning environment while also creating independent reading skills.
To make a donation to support NPPS Foundation REACH grants, contact Heather Halligan at the foundation office at 696-3325.