Washington County Public School Education Foundation presents annual mini-grants

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Herald Mail Media – May 18, 2018 (Hagerstown, MD)

Original Article: https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/washington-county-public-school-education-foundation-presents-annual-mini-grants/article_c020ed2e-5ae1-11e8-81ca-eb7541eb2348.html

**Photos by Colleen McGrath**

A number of Washington County Public School educators got a nice surprise Friday in the form of Innovative Grants from the WCPS Education Foundation.

Carrying balloons and handing out oversized checks, two prize teams from the foundation presented 18 grants totaling more than $15,000 at 15 schools.

Boonsboro High was the largest recipient, receiving three grants worth a total of $2,800.

Foundation Manager Christina Williams said they received 57 applications for this year’s grants, formerly known as the mini-grant program.

“The foundation has put over $100,000 into the classroom since 2009,” Williams wrote in an email.

To help expand the annual program, the foundation is planning a fundraising event on June 15 at North Hagerstown High School, she said. More information about the event can be found at www.wcpseducationfoundation.org.

The winners — listed by grant award, project lead, school and project name — are:

• $650, Doreen Riss, Rockland Woods Elementary, “Social-Emotional Wellness for Happy Healthy Kids”

• $800, Sherry Spithaler, Boonsboro High, “Chemistry Board Game Project”

• $1,000, Chris Baran, Boonsboro High, “Breakout EDU Kits”

• $1,000, Quinn Cashell, Boonsboro High, “Raised Beds for Cut Flower Production”

• $989.75, Tandrea Coates, Greenbrier Elementary, “3D Printing in Elementary Art”

• $979.86, Sarah McHenry and Michelle Franko, Greenbrier Elementary, “Connecting Learning with K’Nex”

• $1,000, Jordan Lowery, Smithsburg Middle, “World Peace Game”

• $950, Angie Stouffer, Smithsburg High, “Anatomy and Physiology Muscle Models”

• $939.95, Amy Krumpe, Cascade Elementary, “Family Code Night”

• $900, Carly Shockey, Emma K. Doub Elementary, “Project Bee-Bots”

• $862.40, RaeAnn Coulter, Pangborn Elementary, “Chill Zone Sensory Room”

• $545.76, Lily Clay, Potomac Heights Elementary, “Drawing from observation to build foundational skills”

• $994.02, Mary Zielinski, Northern Middle, “NMS Family Garden”

• $959.73, Jennifer S. Jones, Fountaindale Elementary, “Literacy and Instrumental Music”

• $992, Jennifer Aydelotte, Fairview Outdoor School, “AP Environmental Science Summer Field Camp”

• $468, Meagan Graff, Marshall Street School/Job Development Center, “Building S.T.E.A.M.”

• $600, Lucinda Rector, Lincolnshire Elementary, “Performance Task Centers”

• $499, John Poniske, Antietam Academy, “Chess Giants”