Thanks to you, $26,689 in E2 Grants to Teachers
Thanks to donor support, the Foundation awarded $26,689 in Excellence in Education (E2) teacher grants for the 2015-2016 school year. "We are continually struck by the creativity and passion of our educators. It's an honor to partner with the district in this way," said Linda Roser, SMEF Executive Director.
The SMEF Cash Caravan spreads excitement and cheer surprising staff with balloons, chocolates and ceremonial checks.
(Pictured: Lea Ann Combs and Caren Howes, educators at the Shawnee Mission Instructional Support Center, pictured with students. Lea Ann and Caren received support for take-home backpack library project- "Early Literacy Now." Congratulations!
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Graduation is a big milestone for your student and your family! Take time to thank that teacher who went the extra mile for your student through the Foundation's Thank-A-Teacher 2015.
Who would you like to thank? Do it now, online.
SMEF will send a thank you to the teacher in your graduate's name. Your donation will go to the Excellence in Education Fund that annually awards grants to teachers.
8th Grade Graduate
6th Grade Graduate
STEM E2 Grant in Action at Trailwood Elementary
Trailwood Elementary students problem solve and work as creative thinkers using LEGO WeDo robotics equipment purchased with SMEF E2 Grant funds.
FNB gives $20k to SMSD in Celebration of 20 Years of Support
The Foundation announces a $20,000 grant from First National Bank in celebration of their 20 year partnership with Shawnee Mission schools.
The grant will purchase a carbon dioxide incubator and a digital stereo microscope for the Biotechnology Signature program at SM West instructed by Brenda Bott and programmable patient simulators for the Medical Science Signature Program at SM North instructed by Connie Gandy.
In addition, the Foundation is providing a matching grant of $3,800 to purchase the SimPad programming system for the patient simulators.
This investment by First National Bank contributes to the district’s goal to offer industry standard technical education to prepare Shawnee Mission students to be college and career ready. Many thanks for their commitment to Shawnee Mission students and belief in the power of a great education.
Pictured left to right:
Dr. Ed Streich, SMSD Chief Academic Officer; Connie Gandy, Medical Science Signature program instructor; Deb Zila, SMSD Board of Education President; Brenda Bott, Biotechnology Signature program instructor; Linda Roser, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation'; Jennifer Sanborn, First National Bank; Robert Hofmann, SMSD Career & Technical Education director; Kim Barney, SMSD Curriculum & Instruction director; Marga Spangler, First National Bank; Dean Davison, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Board of Directors, President; Dave Janus, President, First National Bank.