The Mahomet-Seymour School District is fortunate to have the ongoing support and help from the Mahomet-Seymour Education Foundation. Started over 20 years ago, the MSEF partners with the school district to support our teachers, students and instruction in our schools and classrooms. One way this is achieved is through the annual grant process that is conducted by the MSEF. Teachers are encouraged to write grants to the MSEF in the fall of each year. After the grant review committee reads through the grants, money is awarded to teachers. The list of grant recipients this year is impressive — and, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Mahomet-Seymour Education Foundation — thank you! And, thank you to all of our teachers who took the time to write the grants!

Here is a list of the grants that were funded, totaling almost $20,000:

Beth Musgrove/Kim Johnson/Serra Nicolette — Lincoln Trail

Word Study box set and picture sorts. These items will be part of the guided reading model that third grade teachers use to help with phonics and letter pattern instruction to help students become independent readers.

Sue Keeble — Lincoln Trail

Hands Around the World performance by singer and guitarist Ryan Groff. This is being partially funded along with funding from the PTO.

Rachel Nodine — Mahomet-Seymour Junior High

Document Camera/Hover Cam for use in the STEM lab to help showcase class demonstrations while giving real-time instruction. It will be incorporated into student-led discussions and presentations.

Nicole Rummel/Jared Lynn — Administration/High School

Interactive projector and podium to be used in the upcoming computer sciences programs being brought to the high school curriculum. This will allow for collaborative presentations in these courses. (This grant is funded by the Hopper Fund.)

Lauren Ochs — Mahomet-Seymour High School

Cricut maker and supplies that will be housed in the MSHS library but available to all faculty and students. This will help in creating projects and designs in many different classes Early Childhood, Ag Day and Ag Business, Basic Design and Drawing, the Pals program, to name a few.

Kristin Allen/Jansen Garth — Mahomet-Seymour High School

Keiser Functional Trainer to be used in the Physical Education Conditioning classes at the high school. This piece of equipment will be available to all students including those students with disabilities, injuries, and muscular imbalances. This trainer is able to provide many different modifications, as well as being ADA compliant.

Kaylynn Azer — Middletown Prairie Elementary

STEAM in the Kindergarten Classroom. Hands-on materials to encourage student engagement through learning activities that promote critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving.

Cindy Watson/Jenny Diskin — Middletown Prairie Elementary

Math and Science Open Play Materials that are open ended items to support invention, divergent thinking and problem solving. These are items that can be used in STEM centers, math and literacy teaching time and morning work.

Emily Buckius/Mickey Gilbert/Stacy Uebelhoer — Middletown Prairie Elementary

Trikes, road signs and playground balls to help with development of gross motor skills. For many students the playground is the only opportunity to safely ride trikes or have to access to trikes at all. The playground activities also play an important part in learning how to take turns, share, problem solve and play safely.

Eric Andracke/Simon Anderson — Mahomet-Seymour High School

Glowforge Pro laser cutting and engraving unit and software to be used in the Industrial Technology department and in STEM curriculum. This will allow students to further expand manufacturing, design and production opportunities across many materials including glass, metals, and woods.

Angie Pagel/Angela Roloff/Emily Fernandez — Middletown Prairie Elementary

Color changing light table for kindergarten classrooms. This table will be used along with translucent manipulatives to give students hands-on opportunities in math, literacy, science, and visual motor exploration. The table will allow for the students to stack and create while exploring geometry concepts, color exploration, and developing spatial awareness.

Bess Lanker — Mahomet-Seymour High School

iPads for Visual Arts Department. These iPads will allow students to use applications and resources only available on tablet technology. iPads allow students to photograph work to share with classmates and instructors for digital critiques and assessments. Also, students with limited fine motor skills will be able to create where they cannot with traditional media.