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Ed Foundation rewards big ideas
new slt minigrants
Lori Reneau, USD 428 Education Foundation board member and school board member, signs an oversized check at Park School as part of the recent minigrant big reveal. She is aided by Phil Heeke, Park School principal; Khris Thexton, superintendent; and Alana Blessing, family support worker. A total of 31 minigrants were distributed, representing more than $20,000.

It was a fun-filled day and a half for USD 428 Education Foundation board members as they traveled to every school in the district handing out money to deserving teachers.
The volunteer board selected 31 projects to fund with minigrants.
Their fall dinner/auction fundraising efforts allowed them to provide more than $20,000 for classroom innovations.
“It is always difficult to decide which minigrants to fund because we receive so many good requests,” said Paul Snapp, foundation president. “We know over the past 30 years the foundation has funded more than $350,000 in minigrants that have positively impacted teachers and students in the classroom.
“We want to thank the district staff and administration for their support of the Education Foundation in so many ways,” Snapp said.
Mary Hoisington, board member, helped present many of the awards. She explained that the goal of the minigrant process is to give teachers additional innovative tools to keep students engaged and further develop practical skills.
“I’m always impressed with the innovation and creativity teachers put into minigrant requests,” Hoisington said. “The USD 428 Education Foundation is a direct way the community can make a real impact on students in the classroom.”