In the spring of 2012, FEPS announced a second round of grants for the 2011/12 school year called the 2012 Expansion Grants.
Due to very successful fundraising efforts throughout the year and the amazing generosity & support of Eden Prairie parents & community, FEPS had more funds available than originally planned. Since all funds raised by FEPS go straight back to EP schools, FEPS decided to offer an additional Expansion Grant opportunity.
Six successful past grants were identified and EP teachers & staff members were invited to apply. As a result, the following three Expansion Grants (totaling $14,700) were awarded in May 2012:
Rolling Book Bins at Cedar Ridge: In expanding upon a proven grant to CMS, Lisa Masica & Katy Anderson were awarded $2,000 to purchase Rolling Book Bins to supplement content-area curriculum with high-interest, multi-reading level, non-fiction books. This helps improve their students’ comprehension of non-fiction, which is the mode of delivery for future classroom instruction.
All Aboard for Childhood Literacy at Prairie View: In expanding a past grant to the Family Center, Leslie Lohan was awarded $5,500 to provide best practice supplies and equipment for enabling school readiness for K-2 students, as well as Special Education and Targeted Services students. Money will go towards a Leveled Library with quality non-fiction children’s books, levels A-F, in multiples of ten. This is a research-proven method of lowering the achievement gap in early childhood.
Stand Up for Learning at Prairie View: In expanding a past grant to two schools, Jeff Lindlief was awarded $7,200 to provide 20 adjustable-height school desks, with stools for his Prairie View classroom. Teachers have pointed out research on improved concentration and longer attention spans due to the innovative design of the desks. These AlphaBetter Desks were designed in Minnesota, and are built upon the need to have physical outlets for energy in order to concentrate and learn. The desk height is adjustable so that students can stand comfortably, or use the non-tipping stool with a noiseless pendulum footrest allowing them to rhythmically swing their feet.
“Thank you very much for the generous grant so I can purchase school “standing desks” for my classroom. I’ve had 3 of them this year & am amazed at how much they benefit student attention & learning! Your work & generosity is much appreciated by the teachers & staff in the district. Thanks again!”
~ Jeff Lindlief, Prairie View 5th Grade