PIE awards grants

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com
Melissa Baumgartel (left) and Tonya Cogan (center) receive their Fall PIE Grant Awards from Bernie Spradling (right), PIE board member and Cantrell Committee Chairperson.

The Partners In Education Foundation (PIE) awarded over $20,500 in fall grants to teachers on October 27.

The grants help fund supplemental learning tools such as special seating, exploratory activities, and special projects. Some highlights from this year’s $9,500 worth of PIE grants include seating and activities for outdoor learning spaces, library resources, calming and selfregulating tools, math and reading supplemental materials, a Skills USA chapter kit, and a robotics classroom and competition super kit.

The generosity of Jeanette Rudy continues to benefit the community by using the Felix Alton Cantrell Jr. Fund entrusted to PIE. The Cantrell Committee selected eight requests totaling more than $3,700. Some of the special projects funded from this category include sensory items for early childhood classrooms, flexible seating, and math manipulatives for special education classrooms.

The Fall PIE and Cantrell Grants award winners are: El Dorado High School received nine grants for Chelsea Sampoll, Jenifer Davis, Kelly Andron, Laura Goehring and Pete Cisneros.

El Dorado Middle School received three grants for Adam Olsen, Karla King, and Michele White. Grandview Elementary received two grants for Melissa Baumgartel and Tonya Cogan.

Skelly Elementary received one grant for Casey McGraw & Katie Todd. Blackmore Elementary received nine grants for Chad Schuetz, Cristin Hubbard, Luanna Lewis, Teresa Kasper, Regan Foos and Megan Eldridge.

PIE annually awards monies to specific programs or departments as directed by some of the endowed funds.

More than $7,300 from nineteen different endowed funds will provide financial support to the industrial arts, libraries, drama, orchestra, English departments, Career & Technical Education, business classes, school nurses, field trips, and students in need. Partners In Education Foundation is a not for profit foundation established in 1989 to enhance the educational opportunities for the students of USD 490.

For more information contact Rod Blackburn, Development Director at rod.blackburn@pie490.org, 316-322-4800.