Marion Fund

The Marion Fund is an internal grant program offered through the Marion Independent School Foundation & Alumni Association that financially supports new educational opportunities for students.

A volunteer committee of alum, parents, district teachers and administrators carefully reviews Marion Fund applications made by district teachers and staff. Finalists are asked to make a presentation to the committee before final selections are made. The committee’s recommendations for funding are then presented to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for approval and award. Guidelines and applications are available in December and grant recipients are named in the spring, with funds disbursed for the next school year.

Since the grants inception in 1999 more than $300,000 has been awarded for projects benefiting students of all grade levels.


2017 Marion Fund Recipients

The Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded 15 grants totaling $30,935.93. This unique process—which is only available to a handful of school districts across the country—supports the educational experiences and enhances opportunities for the students of the district.

The 2017 selection committee included: Greg Van Gorp, alumni and Found Board Member; Mike Cira, alumni and Foundation Board Member; Phil Cochran, Vernon Middle School Principal; Nicole Harmer, Emerson Elementary Principal; Peggy Murhpy, District Technology Integration Coordinator; Terri Schmidt, Starry Elementary Teacher and School Improvement Coordinator; Chris Raymond, High School Teacher and School Improvement Coordinator; Steve Willete, Parent and Foundation Board Member; and Jen Wasek, parent.

Lee Ann Groene & Deb Menken – Emerson/Longfellow Elementary School

Jessica Bunnell – Emerson/Longfellow Elementary School

Rugs for Classrooms
Teresa Haag & Anita Reisner – Emerson/Longfellow Elementary School

iPad Keyboards for Second Grade
Rachel Jarr with all Second Grade Teachers – Emerson/Longfellow & Starry Elementary Schools

Pedal Bike Desks for Students
Dixie Recker – Starry Elementary School

Books for Library
Elizabeth Pearson – Francis Marion Intermediate

Drums as a Fitness Activity
Joe Fontenot – Francis Marion Intermediate

Drums for Music Program
Amanda Freese – Francis Marion Intermediate

Sensory Room Equipment
Alan Read & Clarissa Lala – Vernon Middle School

Technology Upgrade for Marching Band
Charles Oldenkamp – Marion High School

Equipment for Speech Team
Paige Junge – Marion High School

Summer Explorers STEM Camp
Chad Zrudsky – all Marion Schools

Starter Kits for Robotics Club
Chris Martin – Vernon Middle School

3D Printer for Robotics and Engineering Classes
Chris Martin – Marion High School

Reading Corners in Spanish Classrooms
Elizabeth Henkel & Abby Wennekamp – Marion High School

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