Teacher Grants

2016-2017 Teacher Grants

The Foundation begins accepting applications for teacher grants in September of each year. However, we encourage teachers to begin working on their ideas and applications during the summer months. Please click on the links below for a copy of the Foundation’s application and the rubric that is used to evaluate each application.

2017-2018 Foundation grant application

Rubric for grants

2016-2017 Teacher Grants


Dozens of teachers and hundreds of students will benefit from the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation grants that were awarded in November 2016. The twelve grants will benefit students and teachers in all three West Lafayette school buildings and enhance nearly all disciplines, including art, music, physics, history, theater, ecology, and astronomy. Here is a quick look at what the monetary awards from the Foundation will subsidize.

On December 12, 2016, the Happy Hollow 4th graders had a culminating day of celebration to commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial. The day included a history and geography station, writing and art contests, a musical presentation, the creation of two collaborative art projects for permanent display, and the presentation of two American Elm trees to the school.

In March the high school will present “Seussical,” a show that caters to a young audience. Prior to the performances, Cumberland students will create set pieces for the production. This joint effort will build positive relationships between our oldest and youngest students.

Students in the high school Dramatic Literature course will partner with the Manhattan Theatre Club through the Theatre Link program. The two partner schools will each write a one-act play, exchange them, and then stage each other’s play.

Four 5th grade classes will use their grant funds to experiment with aquaponics. The special fish tanks will support fish while also growing organic wheatgrass and radish sprouts.

Camp has been the highlight of 5th graders for over 60 years. This year the growing number of campers will have new microscopes and telescopes with which to examine their world.

Two first grade classes at Cumberland will have alternative seating and desk options that will better meet the environmental needs of some students for which the traditional desk and chair do not work.

The counselor at Cumberland School has created a Power Over Worry (POW) group that meets every morning and teaches mindfulness and anxiety reducing skills. With grant money, new intervention materials will be purchased.

Two new hands-on STEM projects will be delivered to a 4th grade classroom every month in Tinker Crates. Different combinations of students will work in small groups to create the project each Tinker Crate outlines.

The Stained Glass Window Project will have 6th graders exploring and discussing the artistic contributions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural work. Students will use the appropriate tools to visualize and integrate geometry into their own unique stained glass work of art.

A second grade classroom will expand some technology on devices purchased last year with grant money. The Coding Game accessory will be utilized on the Osmo devices to expose the students to the fundamentals of coding.

Waves are all around and sometimes through us but are mostly unseen and can therefore be a challenge for students to understand. The high school physics students will have new resources which will give students the opportunity to create and interact with light and sound waves.

The LGI room at Happy Hollow is the site of numerous student performances throughout the year. Currently, there are stationary microphones that hang from the ceiling. Due to the distance from the actors, hearing dialogue is nearly impossible. New wireless microphones will enable audiences to fully appreciate performances in the LGI room that were previously a source of frustration.

The Foundation received a record number of grant requests and was pleased to fully or partially fund the majority of applications. It is thrilling to observe tangible evidence of the Foundation dollars at work.

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