Grants Awarded: May/June 2023

Appleton West educator and students celebrate receiving an AEF grant.

The Appleton Education Foundation board of directors recently approved the following 15 grants totaling more than $20,000 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

  • $500 to provide literacy bags to students/families served by early childhood itinerant staff. (Funding provided by the Bob and Gerri Heffron Family Endowment Fund within the AEF.)
  • $1,140 for professional development for middle school social studies educators.
  • $3,140 for professional development for speech-language pathologists.

Appleton East High School

  • $500 – drama club students will work with local puppet professionals to construct and learn to manipulate puppets for a production of “Into the Woods.”

Appleton West High School

  • $800 to create tech-free and tech-focused zones in a classroom.

Valley New School

  • $3,000 – staff and students will explore appropriate uses for artificial intelligence (AI) in education.

Classical School

  • $482.09 will expand the school’s music selection to support band students’ advancing skill levels.

Einstein Middle School

  • $138 for a year’s subscription to Flocabulary, a website that helps teach standards-based lessons through hip-hop songs to increase student engagement and achievement.

Badger Elementary School

  • $3,000 to continues the school’s work with Playworks, which helps staff design and implement safe and purposeful recesses to reduce behavior issues.

Highlands Elementary School

  • $482.09 for boomwhacker instruments to enhance the music program.

Houdini Elementary School

  • $570 for mobile whiteboards and flipchart to create a collaborative, interactive environment for math instruction.

Johnston Elementary School

  • $500 to create chess and checkers clubs as an alternative to outdoor recess. The strategy games will enhance students’ cooperation and sportsmanship.

McKinley Elementary School

  • $2,620 to create play-based learning centers in the kindergarten classrooms.

Richmond Elementary School

  • $1,102.82 for professional development related to the science of math learning and instruction.
  • $2,330 to create a math manipulative library to benefit all staff and students.