Grants Awarded: June 2024

The Appleton Education Foundation board of directors recently approved 12 grants totaling more than $17,500 to creatively enhance education for students in the Appleton Area School District.  

All funding is from the Appleton Education Foundation Fund, unless otherwise noted.

Appleton Area School District

  • $3,000 to the Appleton Schools Apprenticeship Program to support two apprenticeship opportunities for high school special education students. (Funding provided by the Bob and Gerri Heffron Family Endowment Fund within AEF.)
  • $2,975 towards professional development for Speech-Language Pathologists and educators around the topic of executive functioning.
  • $2,000 for a keynote speaker to address all middle school staff as they prepare to welcome sixth-grade students to the middle schools for the first time.
  • $1,000 to support district attendance coordinators’ efforts around absence prevention with a strong focus on the early grades.

Appleton East High School

  • $485.10 for a book study of “The Will to Learn” by Dave Stuart, Jr. Participating educators will hold virtual monthly meetings with the author.

Wilson Middle School

  • $995 to purchase hands-on simulation kits for each unit in US History. These kits provide tangible, giving eighth-grade students a more interactive way to learn our nation’s history.
  • $300 to support community speaker presentations that introduce seventh-grade students to the history and culture of the Hmong people.

James Madison Middle School

  • $3,000 for a pavilion and swing in the newly enclosed courtyard where students with special needs can safely access the outdoors.
  • $350 to support the purchase of protective instrument cases for the school’s traveling jazz band.

Einstein Middle School

  • $400 to fund teaching aids for use during band classes and lessons.

Edison Elementary School

  • $2,442.86 to create a math manipulative library. Edison staff will check out materials to use in their classrooms, giving students new opportunities for practice and understanding of mathematical concepts.

Johnston Elementary School

  • $621.58 for supplies and equipment for an early-childhood weekly cooking program. (Funding provided by the Bob and Gerri Heffron Family Endowment Fund and the Betsy Melzer Endowment Fund within AEF.)