The Foundation awards teacher grants once each semester. Our commitment continues to be helping teachers provide the best educational experiences possible for the students in this community. The purpose of the grants is to help teachers meet and/or expand educational goals. The emphasis will be on experiential opportunities and/or creative ways of delivering curricular standards. Some examples may be visiting authors, poets, artists, entrepreneurs, field trips (in-person or virtual), tapping into the local history, architecture, industries, museums. These proposals may include requests for materials needed to implement the experience or delivery.

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The following grants are awarded for the Fall 2023 Semester:

West Lafayette Elementary School

"Wonderfully Wordless Books for All!"

$415 to add wordless picture books to the English Language Learner classroom library. Wordless picture books allow students of any age, from anywhere in the world, to immerse themselves in picture books, create their own stories, predict what the book might be telling them through pictures and more!

Written by Jeaneen Benhart with support from Hilary Dale and Robin Beckham.

"CALM Program (Cultivating a Learning Mind): An Alternative to Suspension"

$1,993 is awarded to Sasha Jones and Marcella Holmes to bring a CALM Room to West Lafayette Elementary. This is a program that provides an alternative to suspension by keeping students in school in a structured, alternative classroom setting that allows for academic instruction to continue. It includes the vital, behavioral component of teaching social and emotional skills.

"Diverse Brains Need Diverse Tools"

$2,000 is awarded to Dianna Van Dyke, Tenisha A'jayi and Lauren Hinshaw to purchase tools that help students who have experienced trauma to refocus on their academic skills and gain academic and functional success at school.

West Lafayette Jr-Sr High School

"Funds for Science Express"

$1,000 is granted to Becca Gwin and Jane Schott in the WLHS Science Department to bring Purdue University’s Science Express program to Chemistry and Physics students, providing hands-on learning by using high-level lab equipment not available in high school classrooms.

WLSEF Teacher Grants In Action

Grants from WLSEF to West Lafayette teachers have helped to support innovative and unique projects throughout our schools. West Lafayette Elementary School third grade teacher Ann Kriebel submitted a grant request titled Common Core Cooking. Combining this grant with her own resources, Mrs. Kriebel turned her classroom into a kitchen. She writes, “The project will allow me to use food and food preparation to teach all of the 3rd grade Indiana Academic Standards. My proposal levels the playing field for all of my students because everyone eats and everyone can participate in food preparation equally. Children learn best when they are engaged in experiential learning.” One student said, “Cooking in school is fun. I like cutting things up and getting my hands a little messy. My favorite thing that we’ve made so far is crumpets."

students making hoe cakes