Grants Awarded: March 2023

At its March meeting the Appleton Education Foundation board of directors approved the following 20 grants totaling more than $22,000 to creatively enhance education for students in the Appleton Area School District.  

Appleton Area School District – 

  • $500 to add diverse materials for the birth-to-five resource library to better reflect the families/children served by the program. 
  • $500 for literacy materials to help early childhood diagnosticians evaluate student abilities. 
  • $500 to provide high-interest music for the district’s growing middle school jazz program. 
  • $1,265 for equipment the occupational therapy department will use with students across the district. 

Appleton East High School – 

  • $500 allows students in a technical education class to design, build, test, and refine a drag racer powered by an angle grinder. 
  • $500 provides start-up funds for Patriots Care, a program to support students during times of greatest struggle. 
  • $900 for adaptive classroom materials that will help special education students work more independently.  
  • $2,000 to support activities – designed by juniors and seniors – to help freshman students engage with their school community. 
  • $2,884 for safe, working tools to help theatre students learn set building and life skills. 

Kaleidoscope Academy – $1,644 for take-home materials to help students with emotional regulation needs outside the school day. 

Wilson Middle School – 

  • $500 for a new program that uses cooking activities to help students with autism learn social, executive functioning, and communication skills. 
  • $500 for a staff book study on culturally and linguistic responsive practices.  
  • $2,278 to pilot the use of white board tables in special education math classes. 

Franklin Elementary School – $750 toward the school’s efforts to build a sensory and workout room. 

Horizons Elementary School – 

  • $500 for cultural presentations to help build school community. 
  • $500 for a parent book study focused on positive parenting strategies. 

Jefferson Elementary School – $3,020 to provide mindful meditation devices for each classroom to assist students who need additional emotional supports. 

Johnston Elementary School – $500 for enhancements to the dramatic play and sensory areas of the early childhood special education classroom. 

McKinley Elementary School – $1,500 to add STEM materials for focused use during indoor recess and whole school reward days as a way to encourage positive behavior. 

Richmond Elementary School – $1,381 to establish writing-focused play centers in two kindergarten classrooms. 

The grant funding is from seven charitable funds within the Appleton Education Foundation: AEF Fund, Vira and Alan Stoner Education Fund, Betsy Melzer Endowment Fund, Bob and Gerri Heffron Family Endowment Fund, Gruner Family Community Mental Wellness Fund, John Mielke & Sally Morey Mielke Education Fund, and Mile of Music Fund.