Past Grant Winners

2020-2021

2020 EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANTS
($3,000 MAXIMUM)

Social and Emotional Readers & Lending Library
Rossman Elementary , Brenda Jenkins

Purchase of Social & Emotional Learning reading sets for use in prekindergarten through 2nd grade classroom. The readers include real-life situations, tips, and activities to support students and families.
Sponsor:  ANB Bank & Laramie County School District 1 Employees

Blooming through Adversity
Hobbs Elementary , Ron Morgan

An art installation to be created by students, faculty, and staff of the school. It will represent connection, growing, and blooming during this time of increased distancing and isolation.
Sponsor:  The Carlton Family

Closing the Literacy Gap
Hebard Elementary , Chris Hays

A project to help fill the language and literacy gaps of students from lower income families and teach them how to become active and engaged students of language.
Sponsor:  First Education Federal Credit Union

Creating a “COVID Certified” STEM Lab
Hebard Elementary , Julie Kramer

A project to create a STEM lab for today’s world. By developing a STEM Lab, students will engage in inquiry based activates, learn how to ask questions, and think critically while problem solving for real world solutions.
Sponsor:  Taco Johns International

2020 STUDENT ENRICHMENT GRANTS  (MAXIMUM $1,000)

Social Emotional Learning – Library Collection Development
Deming/Miller Elementary, Meagan Baker

Purchase of diverse texts that foster social and emotional learning (SEL) to address the needs of our students affected by disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Sponsor: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Wyoming

Math, Science & Writing with Amaryllis Bulbs
Rossman Elementary, Brenda Jenkins

A project using these fast-growing plants with large flowers to enhance students’ math, science, and writing skills through scientific observation.
Sponsor: Front Range Roofing Systems

Letter Writing to an Elder
Cole Elementary, Ginny Jordan

A project in cooperation with Laramie County Senior Services to improve narrative, informational, and opinion letter writing skills and give students an opportunity to connect with older adults in Cheyenne.
Sponsor:  Jonah Bank of Wyoming

Family Game Night
Alta Vista Elementary, Alison Paniagua

A project to work with parents and students to help facilitate social interactions, communication, and turn taking while playing boardgames with their families. Math and literacy skills will be improved also.
Sponsor: Blue Federal Credit Union

STEAM Robots
Miller Elementary, Sarah Lenhart & Eric Paulson

A project to lift our science standards by integrating technology, engineering, art and math. Students will create a robot that makes art, a robot that can haul items, and a robot that can act as a mechanical hand.
Sponsor:  McGee, Hearne & Paiz

Dream Big, Sparkle More, Shine Bright
Cheyenne Virtual School, Marti Derringer

A project to encourage students to dream big, sparkle more, shine bright, and enjoy learning while reaching academic goals. It promotes positive thinking, goal setting, and reading!
Sponsor: Simpson Electric

2019-2020

2019 EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANTS
($3,000 MAXIMUM)

AVID College Trips $2,832.00
Johnson Junior High Chris Griffin
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-prep elective class offered in grades 7-12. The program prepares students performing in the academic middle and who may be first-generation college students or from under-served populations to be accepted in a four-year university. Visiting college campuses is an invaluable experience for students to visualize their goal.
Sponsor: Blue FCU

For the Love of…. Reading $3,000.00
Hebard Elementary Christina Hayes
This grant will fill our library with books where students can see their own faces and can connect with the characters because the character they see in the book will be similar to their cultures, homes, and experiences. These books will help teach children that they can love to ready through familiar faces and exciting and interesting topics.
Sponsor: Taco John’s International

It’s a Keeper! $1,771.73
Alta Vista Elementary Janice Lee
This grant would provide supplies for five different art projects for our 6th grade students: Silk Painting, Acrylic painting, Quilling, Alcohol Ink paintings and Wildlife Drawing.
Sponsor: Microsoft

“One Book, One School” $2,095.00
Cole Elementary School Virginia Jorden
The goal is to provide children an opportunity to meet and connect with a successful Wyoming author. Under the umbrella of “One Book, One School,” students will have an opportunity, during the day to meet, and learn from Ken Thomasma’s storytelling and writing workshop based on his Indian Paintbrush Book Award winning Naya Nuki. In the evening, Ken will make a 30-40 minute storytelling presentation to families and the community on Sacajawea, the Lew & Clark Expedition, and their connection to Naya Nuki. Ken will meet separately with grades 4, 5 and 6 for a grade-appropriate writing workshop.
Sponsor: Carlton Family

3-D Printer $2,480.00
Meadowlark Elementary Karyn Smith
This project will provide a 3-d printer to enhance the instructional technology available in the school. The printer will provide additional opportunities for students to work with cutting-edge technology, implement the engineering design process, and receive real-world practice with the new state computer science standards.
Sponsor: First Education FCU

Podcast your way to a Creative and Engaged Classroom $2,848.00
Davis Elementary Winona Williams
Hearing (audio recognition) is a much under-utilized medium for demonstrating learning. The art of listening and speaking has become increasingly more difficult to teach in an era that relies on visual learning through computers and phones. Podcasting is one technology tool for learning that gives students a chance to “show what they know” in short and simple sound recordings that have them collaborating, reflecting, composing and preforming in all subjects, for all ages, and all ability levels.
Sponsor: LCSD#1 Employees

AVID Book Kits $1,103.96
Rossman Elementary Brenda Jenkins
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Book kits would be sent home monthly with each family to promote oral language, comprehension, home-school connection and WICOR strategies (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading). Each kit contains a book, a parent guide, a writing activity, information about AVID, WICOR, Costa’s Levels of thinking, and a feedback from. Each teacher would also have a set of books to use as a reference for family questions.
Sponsor: Kohl’s

Project Playaway $1,617.28
Johnson Junior High Corinna Price
Purchase audio books called Playaways for my classroom so Special Education students can read age appropriate books by listening to and following along with the paper novels that I already have in my class.
Sponsor: Enterprise Holdings

2019 STUDENT ENRICHMENT GRANTS
(MAXIMUM $1,000)

Elementary World Language Enrichment $974.00
Central HS/Hobbs ES Sarah Evans
High School world language students will prepare and present monthly world-language enrichment lessons to 5th and 6th grade classes, increasing cultural and linguistic proficiency and motivation for mastery in both groups. A multicultural event for elementary students at the high school in May will culminate the year’s project.
Sponsor: Carlton Family

Growing Kids and Veggies $1,000.00
Hebard Elementary Christina Hayes
Students will use a hydroponic system to grow fresh fruits and veggies learning about the life cycle of plants and animals, as well as hypothesis, measure, compare, and test different plants and how they grow. Nutrition and health can also be addressed with this project.
Sponsor: LCSD#1 Employees

Breakout EDU $800.00
Dildine Elementary Michelle Ottoes
Breakout EDU is a hands-on, immersive learning game platform adaptable to any grade level and any curriculum area. Students are motivated to work together using content area knowledge and critical thinking to solve problems and open locks. The purchase includes 6 re-usable physical kits plus platform access to 1,500 ready-to-use, standard-aligned games.
Sponsor: LCSD#1 Employees

Rooted in Reading $1,000.00
Hebard Elementary Julie Kramer
Books give us roots. Our words give us wings. Our goal is to create an interactive learning space within our library that will capture imaginations and teach literacy and STEM in tandem. We hope to inspire children to dream big and activate their imaginations by combining literature with hands-on activities to solidify learning and create a bridge to encourage further inquiry.
Sponsor: Hickey & Evans

Engage and Excite Math Fact Fluency $1,000.00
Henderson Elementary Lydia Rayfield
The purpose of the “Engage and Excite Math Fact Fluency” project is to create a teacher/student resource of math games. Math facts can be challenging, boring, and repetitive. Games can help all students become involved in the learning process by providing students of all academic levels to have fun while learning very important math skills.
Sponsor: Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Snack Cart Business $600.00
McCormick Junior High Dana Knight
The students in the PALS program (Program for Adapted Living Skills) have been working on improving not only their academic skills, but also their functional communications, living skills and vocations skills. We would like to introduce a snack cart delivery business for the 2019/2020 school year. Our students will purchase snacks and drinks locally. They will take orders from staff members, fulfill the orders, and deliver them to staff in the building. With this program, students will work on functional and vocational tasks in an engaging and motivating way.
Sponsor: Carlton Family

STEM Fridays $1,000.00
Pioneer Park Elementary Mary Kinstler
The 5th and 6th grades will foster interest in STEM by integrating all five classrooms to investigate STEM activities. Activities in these areas will prepare the students for future opportunities in our ever-changing world by developing an ability to problem solve which will transfer to other content areas and life skills.
Sponsor: First Education FCU

Le Dejeuner Francais dans La Creperie $910.00
Johnson Jr. High/Central High Sarah Scott
French 1B (Jr High) and French 1 (HS) students study French foods and meal practices during third quarter. They learn to describe their foods and order in a café or restaurant. Students will experience an authentic French lunch at La Creperie, Fort Collins. Students will order their lunch in French. Parents will be invited.
Sponsor: Carlton Family

World Languages Day – UW $1,000.00
East HS/South HS Mary Johnson
Each year our students have the opportunity to visit the UW campus in Laramie, WY. This is a chance for them to compete against other students from around Wyoming. They are also able to see program offerings from UW. Any funds we would receive will defray the cost of registration for this awesome day in Laramie.
Sponsor: McGee, Herne & Piaz

Game-Based Learning in Spanish Class $992.14
Central High School Katy Brammer
Game-based learning can be an effective way to review and acquire material. In Spanish class, games helps students practice the language in a low-risk and fun environment. This project will allow the Spanish department to purchase games that will increase student awareness and understanding of grammar topics and vocabulary.
Sponsor: LSCD#1 Employees

Intro to Circuit Building $1,000.00
Adolescent Day Treatment Program (ADT) Sarah VanRensselaer
Provide materials and kits for an Intro to Circuit Building Classroom set for an elective class that was just approved for our school for students who are all on an IEP.
Sponsor: Carlton Family

2018-2019

2018 EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANTS
($3,000 MAXIMUM)

AVID College Trips
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college-prep elective class offered in grades 7-12. The program prepares students performing in the academic middle and who may be first-generation college students to be accepted in a four-year university. Visiting college campuses is an invaluable experience for students to visualize their goal.
Johnson Junior High School, Chris Griffin
Sponsor: Microsoft

Radio and Podcast Project
After listening to Wyoming made podcasts (HumaNature and Out There) as well as meeting some voices of Wyoming Public Radio (Caroline Ballard and Erin jones), students will make use of recording equipment to create podcasts and projects that apply rhetorical and narrative English skills in a real-world setting
East High School, Charles Fournier
Sponsor: First Education Federal Credit Union & LCSD1 Employees

Fun with Strums – Ukulele Project
Ukuleles offer students a hands-on, practical, and lifelong musical experience. The skills learned with a beginning instrument like ukulele can easily transfer to the more advanced guitar as the students grow. Students would learn the basics of tuning and reading and playing chords; through various styles of music.
Arp Elementary, Monica Huntington
Sponsor: Taco John’s International

2018 STUDENT ENRICHMENT GRANTS
(MAXIMUM $1,000)

Diverse Learners in Literacy
Students will use inquiry projects, interactive applications, and dynamic graphing software to deepen their understanding of mathematics. Students will be able to utilize technology to complete group projects, investigations, and function analysis by interacting with mathematics, their peers and the teacher.
Sunrise Elementary, Sarah Lenhart
Sponsor: The Carlton Family

No-No Boy Project
Building on the success of last year’s environmental book clubs that had a professional from the community act as a mentor, I would like to add indigenous cultural knowledge and fire science readings. Shifting reading levels and tripled class size require additional and varied texts. Labs materials complement the book club.
East High School, Charles Fournier
Sponsor: McKee, Hearne & Paiz

Growing String Program in a Title School
This project would purchase string instruments that would be reserved for use by students at the Title School. These students are unable to obtain a suitable instrument through other means.
Alta Vista Elementary, Amy Lenell Ledwith
Sponsor: Kohls

Literature for Life
Our goal is to provide enrichment reading opportunities for upperclassmen who want to read advanced materials and discuss this literature with others.
South High School, Suzan Skaar
Sponsor: The Carlton Family

International Student Connections
Teachers from multiple disciplines in our district have developed relationships with three schools in France and Turkey. Eighteen middle and high school classes will exchange quarterly letters with international pen pals, developing their foreign languages skills, passions for and awareness of other countries and cultures and interpersonal writing ability.
Central/South/Carey/Johnson/McCormick, Sarah Evans
Sponsor: ANB Bank

Breakout EDU.
Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. With Breakout EDU kits, you can turn your classroom into an academically-focused escape room and facilitate games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas. (Breakoutedu.com)
Saddle Ridge Elementary, Lindsey Born
Sponsor: Blue Federal Credit Union

Songwriting Workshop
A guest artist will conduct a songwriting workshop with students. The artist will instruct students on the musical elements, lyrical/poetic significance, text painting, and importance of word choice in music. Students will then apply this instruction to create their own piece of music.
Carey Junior High School, Emily Peterson
Sponsor:  Hickey & Evans, LLC

STEM:  Building Bridges and Flying Airplanes
Students will practice grade-level academic skills through high-interest lessons and activities. Teachers involved will delve deeper into Common Core State Standards by planning an engaging and collaborative unit. Students will also practice hands-on problems solving and critical thinking skills using scale Bridge and Airplane models.
Goins Elementary, David Gonzales
Sponsor: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Wyoming

2018-2017

2017 EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANTS
($3,000 MAXIMUM)

Visiting Abstract Native American Artist – James Temte
This project will bring working artist, James Temte, to two schools for five days to work making art with students. James will discuss his artistic background, influences, and artistic style. A parent and community event will be held where James will share more about his art.
Freedom Elementary, Abigayle Paytoe Gbayee, $3,000.00
Sponsor: Kohls

Promoting 21st Thinking Skills Through Robotics
We will promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of robotics! Students will learn how to use hands-on programming skills to build and direct their own robots. These robots will be used in conjunction with STEM activities to solve problems, create obstacles, and work collaboratively.
Goins Elementary, Katie Dijkstal, $2,941.91
Sponsor: First Education Federal Credit Union

SNAP 2 IT (Students Need Access 2 Projects in Integrated Technology)
SNAP 2 children will participate in observing and collecting science integrated information about the world using a hands-on approach to learning and technology to motivate them to add detailed thinking to the writing process as well as be motivated to read fluently.
Lebhart Elementary, Angela Kinsolving, $1,117.00
Sponsor: Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Coding Our Way into the Future
Computer Science drives innovation in our world. Therefore, Computer Science has become a foundational skill that we are barely touching the surface on in the elementary classroom. Students need the opportunity to learn about coding, how to build and design apps and other Computer Science related topics.  By providing specific instruction from code.org and getting students on computers, we are able to meet this foundational need.
Sunrise Elementary, Kathleen Schwab, $3,000.00
Sponsor: The Carlton Family

Project Spark – Creating a STEM Lab and Library
The project is two-fold: create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab and Makerspace and lending library that can be utilized by all classrooms at our school and connect students with community members working in a STEM field as well as STEM resources available in our community.
Anderson Elementary, Rachael Crawford, $3,000.00
Sponsor: LCSD1 Employees

Shoot the COSMOS with OSMOS – Photography & Video Projects
Students will use handheld OSMO cameras and cellphone holder to capture activities around school. The will take videos and photos to showcase individuals in sports, arts, club. Videos will run on broadcast program and in Storey Gym as promos; photos will add to newspaper and yearbook banks.
East High School, Terri Brantz, $2,895.00
Sponsor: LCSD1 Employees

Coding with Legos
With the WeDo robotics kits, students will enhance their 21st Century Standards skills with hands-on standards-based projects. They will build, code and modify projects using the robots. As they collaborate in science, technology, engineering and math, they will become more confident to ask questions, define problems and design solutions.
Pioneer Park Elementary, Amber Dent, $3,000.00
Sponsor: Taco John’s International

Revolving Veteran’s Day Painting
Two teachers elect four students per year to contribute large-scale Veteran’s Day paintings for the community and the Veteran’s Day Assembly at South High School. The goal of the program is to donate paintings on a revolving basis for all Veteran establishments in the Cheyenne Community.
South High School, Kerri Gentry, $2,600.00
Sponsor: LCSD1 Employees

2017 STUDENT ENRICHMENT GRANTS
(MAXIMUM $1,000)

Interactive Mathematics
Students will use inquiry projects, interactive applications, and dynamic graphing software to deepen their understanding of mathematics. Students will be able to utilize technology to complete group projects, investigations, and function analysis by interacting with mathematics, their peers and the teacher.
East High School, Amy Kassel, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Blue Federal Credit Union

Continuing Community Connections for Environmental Literacy
Building on the success of last year’s environmental book clubs that had a professional from the community act as a mentor, I would like to add indigenous cultural knowledge and fire science readings. Shifting reading levels and tripled class size require additional and varied texts. Labs materials complement the book club.
Central High School, Kim Parfitt, $737.00
Sponsor: Hickey & Evans

Library for Language Learners and Literacy
This project will have students participating in a free-reading program via the French classroom using level-appropriate, French-language readers to increase their literacy skills, support second language fluency, and promote a life-long reading habit.
Carey Junior High, Kelly Vazis, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Cheyenne Schools Foundation Board

Reading with Understanding in the World Language Classroom
Students learn language best when they understand what they read. World language teachers at our school wish to purchase classroom libraries of novellas that target lower-level language learners. Our goal is to make reading accessible and thereby increase language learning and student engagement.
Central High School, Katy Brammer, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming

Programming Fashion
Students will use basic programming skills to program Arduinos and Raspberry Pi Computers to interact with circuits connected to lights sewn into pieces of clothing.  The led circuits, embedded in the clothing, will be able to flash, appear in different colors and even illuminate to the beats of music.
Meadowlark Elementary, Kirsten Rief, $1,000.00
Sponsor: McGee, Hearne & Paiz

Multicultural Library
The purpose of the multicultural library is to engage students with diverse characters, topics, and cultures in books. I want all of my students to understand that no matter what part of town they live in, the color of their skin, their language, their socio-economic status, disability, gender, religion, and/or cultural background, they have what it takes to be successful, take pride in who they are, and they deserve to be treated with respect.
Henderson Elementary, Lydia Bustos, $900.00
Sponsor: The Carlton Family

Digital Portfolios
Students will be tracking their growth this year through the use of digital student portfolios in a OneNote notebook maintained by each student and shared with parents. Photographs, digital scans or projects and assessment will be kept for reference throughout the year.
Meadowlark Elementary, Heather Norgauer, $1,000.00
Sponsor: The Carlton Family

Literature for Life
Our goal is to provide enrichment reading opportunities for upperclassmen who want to read advanced material and discuss their literature with others.
South High School, Suzanne Skaar, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Cheyenne Area Businesses

Leveled Book Sets
We are seeking funds to purchase leveled book sets for our beginning readers. Our current leveled book sets are outdated and missing numerous copies. We want to purchase high interest books that will engage and excite our youngest readers and ignite their passions for reading.
Deming Elementary, Reana Pacheco, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Cheyenne Area Businesses

Math is Everywhere
A project to help change our conversations and attitudes about math by creating an immersive, math-rich environment to foster student-curiosity in math.
Anderson Elementary, Rachel Crawford, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Run for #1 Participants

Listening is Learning
We would like students to be able to listen to history videos during social studies, participate in math tutorials and games, listen to their own writing, and listen to fluent reading and record their own reading to become fluent. With headphones, multiple students can work simultaneously.
Alta Vista Elementary, Brandie Barkee-Gay, $1,000.00
Sponsor: Run for #1 Participants

The Day the Crayons Quit Collaboration
The Day the Crayons Quit will be read by the librarian. The art teacher will teach observational drawing of crayons in the classroom and perhaps help with costumes/set design for the musical designed after a book. The classroom teachers would use The Day the Crayon Quit as a mentor text for writing a narrative or writing a letter.
Buffalo Ridge Elementary, Kayla Horning, $631.02
Sponsor: Run for #1 Team Captains

Coffee Cart Café
We would like to have students create a coffee cart that they will then maintain throughout the school year. Students will serve coffee and snacks to teachers during their planning time, learning the art of conversation, how to take an order, make change and follow multiple-step direction.
Alta Vista Elementary, Alison Paniagua, $500.00
Sponsor: Cheyenne Schools Foundation Board