Alexandria Education Foundation awards $36,802 in teacher grants – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Education Foundation is awarding $36,802 in teacher grants to fund seven enrichment projects in the Alexandria Public Schools for implementation in the 2022-2023 school year.

The foundation’s goal is to generate and distribute resources to the Alexandria Public Schools that enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students. Projects funded include:

Video production students and Cardinal Athletic Foundation.

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Project Title:  Video production students partner with the Cardinal Athletic Foundation jumbo-tron

Teacher:  Eric Hartmann

School:  Alexandria Area High School

Students Impacted:  48 currently enrolled in class — school-wide/community-wide impact

Amount Funded:  $10,000

This video production course will partner with the Cardinal Athletic Foundation (CAF) to provide video content for the new digital board at the AAHS Stadium. The video production class will partner with community partners to create high-quality video productions for the board. This grant will be used to purchase high-quality video equipment.

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Light Tables for Kindergarten Classrooms

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Project Title:  Light Tables for Kindergarten Classrooms

Teacher:  Lexie Prom

School:  Woodland Elementary

Students Impacted:  Three kindergarten classes (approximately 64 students per year)

Amount Funded:  $2,915.82

This grant will provide hands-on learning through the use of light tables and manipulatives. Students will explore numbers, letters, patterns, building, and exploring in a new playful way.

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Orff Approach used in the Music Classroom

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Project Title:  Orff Approach used in the Music Classroom

Teacher:  Rhonda Blaser

School:  Voyager Elementary

Students Impacted:  500 students

Amount Funded:  $4,280

This grant will provide additional instruments needed to balance out the bass sound to the existing classroom Orff instruments. The Orff approach promotes creativity which encourages innovation in children.

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Knitted Circle Looms for Fiber Art Projects

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Project Title:  Knitted Circle Looms for Fiber Art Projects

Teacher:  Mitch McGuire

School:  All elementary schools in District 206

Students Impacted:  Approximately 600 fourth and fifth-grade students

Amount Funded:  $8,856

Minnesota’s newly-released art standards require elementary students to demonstrate how to weave art materials. These looms will be used to implement a fiber art project to meet these standards in an innovative way. Fiber art is a great material to build fine motor skills through creative education.

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Geared up for STEAM Learning

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Project Title:  Geared up for STEAM Learning

Teacher:  Amy Revering

School:  Miltona Science Magnet School

Students Impacted:  School-wide, approximately 140 students in grades K-5

Amount Funded:  $5,250

This interactive gear wall will provide investigative, hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities in the Maker Space. It will provide a unique opportunity to meet MN Science State Standards in an innovative way surrounding simple machines, as well as supporting other math and science standards.

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DMS Bands Recording Equipment Project

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Project Title:  DMS Bands Recording Equipment Project

Teacher:  Derek Ziemer

School:  Discovery Middle School

Students Impacted:  Over 300 band students in grades 6-8

Amount Funded:  $3,500

The Band Department will build an audio recording setup for the band room at DMS. This will allow the bands to record their ensembles in real-time during class. Students will then be able to review and reflect upon their performance during class to generate ideas and strategies on how to improve/refine their performance. This equipment also provides the band with opportunities to collaborate in new and exciting ways such as connecting with other bands, composers, directors, and clinicians from around the world.

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Outdoor Makerspace

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Project Title:  Outdoor Makerspace

Teacher:  Barb Walswick

School:  Woodland Elementary

Students Impacted:  Woodland Elementary K-3 with potential for grades 4 and 5

Amount Funded:  $2,000

This grant is the second part of a two-part grant for an Outdoor Makerspace. This will allow students to investigate, explore, create, and expand their horizons in a natural setting through interactive stations set up for individuals or small groups.

Annually, AEF invites the district’s teachers and staff to submit grant applications for projects and programs that will have a meaningful impact on students. This year, there were eleven grants invited to complete full applications based upon initial letters of intent. Seven of those full grant applications were either partially or fully funded.

Since 2009, AEF has awarded over $444,000 in grants to teachers in Alexandria Public Schools.

Funding for the AEF Teacher Grant Program is made possible by donor contributions to the Alexandria Education Foundation. Donations can be made online at

, or by mail to AEF, P.O. Box 308, Alexandria, MN 56308.