Zionsville Education Foundation Announces Grants for Fall Class of 2021 • Current Publishing



The Zionsville Education Foundation recently awarded $ 26,640.89 in fall class grants to 19 educators in Zionsville community schools.

The 2021 Fall Class Grants fund innovative projects across all grades, across the eight ZCS schools. The grants were made possible through donations from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Barth Family Fund and individual ZEF donors.

“We are grateful to the donors whose generosity will bring these creative projects to life for ZCS students,” ZEF Board Chairman Challis Imes said in a press release. “The kindness of our community and its commitment to academic excellence are unparalleled. “

The 2021 Fall Classroom Grants fund creative projects across multiple disciplines, including STEM, literacy, the arts, cognitive and motor skills, social sciences, and technology.

“These eleven scholarships will impact more than 7,000 students this school year, with many projects

to provide students with unique learning experiences for years to come, ”said Jane Louiso, ZEF Board Member and Chair of the Grants Committee.

Applications are reviewed by the Classroom Grants Committee consisting of six members of the ZEF Board of Directors and seven volunteer community members.

In 2020, ZEF awarded more than $ 127,000 in grants to ZCS teachers and students to fund their creative solutions and innovative ideas in virtual, hybrid and in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. ZEF is in its 26th year and to date has provided over $ 1.5 million to support schools in Zionsville.

Zionsville Education Foundation Fall Class Grants 2021:

  • See the little things with a camera and a microscope monitor
    Andy Seward, Melissa Betustak and Alex Truex, Zionsville Middle School ($ 464.03)
    The purchase of a microscopic camera and monitor will allow students to project and view images and videos from a microscope. This will help ZMS science teachers to demonstrate how to use a microscope. It will also give students the opportunity to share interesting microscopic organisms with the whole class and allow teachers to put images on Canvas for student reference or to help in case of absence.
  • Calling all entrepreneurs
    Stephanie Martinelli and Laura Czerwionka, Pleasant View Elementary ($ 3,072.72)
    Provides resources to develop the 2nd year economics unit by rooting it in high interest non-fiction literature. Students will read books about inventions and toy makers and learn how these products and entrepreneurs impacted our world. Students will then use what they have learned to create and mass produce their own toys for sale in the grade two market.
  • Stimulate creativity
    Sarah West, Zionsville Middle School ($ 3,750)
    New pottery towers will stimulate creativity in art classes at Zionsville Middle School. This hands-on learning experience will allow students to create bowls, cups, mugs and vases while increasing their self-confidence as they take on a new artistic challenge, solve problems, and demonstrate courage and determination. to create functional works of art.
  • Talk about the city
    ZCS English as a New Language Teachers, Kris Barksdale, Julie Luker, Mandy Keller, Cathy Patel ($ 1,000).
    This grant will allow students who are learning English to explore the city in which they live while practicing the necessary language skills. Students will learn more about what Zionsville has to offer while building confidence in their communication skills.
  • Support reading and social studies in all elementary schools
    Christine Squier for all ZCS elementary schools ($ 11,678.16).
    Rich and diverse texts in support of social studies standards will be purchased for each ZCS elementary school – Eagle, Union, Pleasant View, Stonegate and Boone Meadow. Teachers worked over the summer to create units for each term to teach social studies concepts through books instead of a textbook.
  • Orchestral technological tools
    David Schurger, Zionsville Community High School ($ 1,927)
    These technological tools will allow Mr. Schurger to be more effective as an educator to provide the best orchestral learning environment for his students. A Harmony Director keyboard is accessible from anywhere in the classroom, and an iPad Pro will provide seamless transitions between sheet music, full sheet music viewing, and part editing.
  • Brain / body in balance with sensory pathways
    Deborah Torrance, Stonegate Elementary School ($ 676.12).
    This grant provides material for sensory pathways that engage different parts of the brain and body. This whole-body engagement can help students by calming the brain, stimulating brain activation for learning, and providing outlets for excess energy and emotional simulation.
  • Increase curiosity by increasing literacy
    Jenna Snow, Zionsville Middle School ($ 1,398.25).
    Science magazines will be used to increase science literacy and engage students in discussions on science issues that affect us all. Relevant and in-depth current events will allow Snow to teach students reading strategies to improve understanding of scientific literature, unlike traditional science textbooks.
  • Playing Monopoly Can Teach You About Money And Business
    Gil Speer, Zionsville Community High School ($ 650).
    Students will compete in Monopoly games in the classroom. They will be tracking their net worth throughout the semester and running scores will be recorded. The pros and cons given to students will simulate different types of savings. Students will develop essential math skills while working to create a positive and lasting financial outcome as part of a happy life.
  • “Why are they doing this? “
    Abby Andries and Jessica Wetzel ($ 731.61).
    The grant establishes a resource library and database of storybooks, lessons and activities for use with students in person or virtually, as well as skill development and awareness of social, emotional and physical needs. of all.
  • Pickle Ball for PE
    Steve Simmons and Trisha Smart, Zionsville West Middle School ($ 1,293).
    The grant allows teachers at Zionsville West Middle School to introduce the fun and easy-to-learn sport of pickleball to all students at ZWMS. According to teachers, hand / eye coordination, balance, agility, and reflexes are all improved by lifelong sports practice.

Total grants awarded: $ 26,640.89


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