Marion Grants


The Marion grant program provides teachers an opportunity to receive funding for projects that benefit K-12 students in the Marion Independent School District. The Foundation is pleased to announce that it recently awarded 10 grants for the 2018-19 school year.

Marion grants are made possible because of generous contributions the Foundation receives throughout the year from both businesses and individuals. The Foundation also relies on endowments to fund some requests. You can learn more by going to Enhancement Funds.

A volunteer committee of alumni, parents, district teachers and administrators carefully reviews applications made by district 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.

The 2018 Marion Fund Committee included Mike Cira, Phil Cochran, Steve Godar, Nicole Harmer, Carolyn Munson, Charlie Potter, Terri Schmidt, Greg Van Gorp and Steve Willette.

2018 Marion Grant Recipients

Art Room Drying Racks
Katrina Martin – Francis Marion Intermediate

FMI’s drying racks were almost 20 years old and held together with duct tape. It was time for an update. There will be two new drying racks that accommodate even larger pieces of art and will be mobile so students can get their artwork to the drying rack safely.

Classroom Calming Centers
Emma Ambrose & Michelle Thomason – Vernon Middle School

Sometimes students need a break, especially those who experience symptoms of attention deficit disorder or anxiety. Allowing a student to step away while remaining in the classroom benefits both teacher and student by minimizing disruptions and encouraging students to stay in the classroom. The kits will include items such as fidget spinners, stress balls and doodle pads. This grant was funded in partnership with Farmers State Bank.

Digital Compound Microscope
Garrette Williams – Marion High School

A digital compound microscope is a useful teaching device because it works with a projector to show students what they should be seeing in their own microscopes during labs. This particular microscope has higher-end functions that allows the class to see greater detail than on their own student microscopes. Screenshots can be taken and saved for reference during future lessons. This grant was funded with the Bruno Rinas Science & Interdisciplinary Research Fund.

E-Books for Everyone
Apra Loomis-Mainardi – Marion High School

High school students will have access to a whole new collection of books via their electronic devices. With the District transitioning to one electronic device per student, this is a way to provide students access to books all school year and all summer long. This grant was funded with the Rathbun Memorial Fund.

Holding the Future
Rachel Lamb with all 2nd grade teachers – Longfellow & Starry Elementary

All second grade classrooms will be equipped with iPad stands (similar to document cameras) that project iPad content from the teacher’s device as well as printed materials. For lessons like learning currency, being able to visualize is important. This grant was funded in partnership with Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.

Microscopes for Middle School
Deb Menken – Vernon Middle School

Middle school students will be receiving a new classroom set of microscopes, which were funded in partnership with the Alliant Energy Foundation. The Marion School Foundation will be funding additional microscopes that complete another classroom set, as well as supplies such as dust covers and slides. Teachers will receive two stereo microscopes that can project what is being seen on the microscope . Lastly, a mobile microscope cabinet will allow for easy storage and serve as a charging station so the microscopes are always ready to use.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Jonathan Dyrland – Marion High School

The high school choir room is getting an upgrade with permanent mirrors that will assist all music programs, and especially show choir, with their performances. Students will be able to see the height of their elbows when playing a drum or their facial expression when emoting a song. This project was funded with additional contributions from the Marion Music Booster Club.

Play Us A Song Mr. Piano Man
Jonathan Dyrland – Marion High School

The music department is getting a new piano! More than 15 years old and used almost daily, the old piano was not going to make it much longer. This new piano will be used by the choir, band, theatre and more. This project was funded with additional contributions from the Marion Music Booster Club and Marion Wal-Mart.

Smart Music
David Anderson – Vernon Middle School

Smart Music is a program that provides real-time feedback for students whether at school or at home. Students play a song assigned by a teacher and the program will show them on the electronic sheet music how they did. The student can use it to practice, complete a quiz, or submit an assignment. A teacher can track how long students are practicing, post comments and more. The Foundation is paying for a year-long subscription so data can be collected to potentially integrate this into future curriculum. This grant was funded with the Jay White Educational Enhancement Fund.

Technology for the Classroom & Beyond
Matt Thornton, Chris Raymond & Daniel Lang – Marion Independent School District

Two Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical cameras will be available to both students and teachers. The cameras take 360 degree videos and photos. Teachers can record themselves in the classroom for professional development, and students can check them out for projects and to capture important school moments like an assembly or sporting event. This grant was funded in partnership with Farmers State Bank.

 

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