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Grants Encourage Exceptional Ideas

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The Central Lyon Foundation funds Lion Grants, a program that encourages exceptional ideas that will improve the educational process.  It is designed to stimulate the development of projects that will improve instruction, but not serve as a primary source for equipment, materials, or operational revenue.  The program provides resources to educators to implement creative ideas at their school or in their area of responsibility.  The awards are an avenue to explore, develop and refine the educator's ideas for improving the education of our students.  Any educator employed within the district may submit a Lion Grant request.

The Foundation appreciates CL teachers' interest in this funding source and look forward to receiving 2018 applications. Applications will be reviewed and awarded in April, with the applications due April 1, 2018. Applications should be completed via a Google doc form by clicking here

The 2017 Lion Grant recipients are listed below, with awards totaling $7,876.29.

Lion Grant Proposer(s) Lion Grant Purpose
Rochelle Ebel Promote school wide recycling of materials other than paper.
Mandi Hare This grant will give the middle school life/earth science program the supplies they need to do many of the lab activities. The students will get the chance to do hands on investigations and they will be using inquiry skills to build their knowledge. I feel like the labs are a great way to get students engaged in a lesson. The lab materials add up and cost more than the normal class budget.
This proposal is for the 5th and 6th grade reading classroom and may be used by all 5th and 6th grade students. This proposal will benefit all students. Some students have a hard time picking out books in the library. Having a smaller classroom library, that is organized by interest and reading level, will ease some of the anxiety that some students face.
Jodi Schrick - Central Lyon CSD Teacher Librarian Students request books in the graphic novel format on a daily basis. They want graphic novels on a wide variety of different topics. We are beginning to grow this collection and would be thrilled to offer the students more of them. The books requested through this grant are all graphic novels.
Janelle Flatebo All students who use the instruments in grades TK-5 will benefit from this proposal. In elementary general music, I try to instruct students on a variety of instruments. Learning to play a variety of instruments challenges the students to think in different ways and reinforces the musical concepts they are taught.
Ashley Rypkema- Title I Teacher The phonics kits will give students the materials needed to participate in hands on word work activities in order to improve their knowledge of breaking apart and making multisyllabic words. The children’s books will be given to our Title I students in order to promote the school to home reading connection.
4th Grade Teachers To enrich science curriculum in 4th grade and to meet Iowa Core Standards
Ann Langholdt To replace the main CD player that has been here since before I came which is hasn't been working properly for a couple years, and to purchase a djembe (African drum) to use with all my choirs.
Deb Snyders, Julie Boekhout, Jill Pytleski The Point 2 View Document Camera is a handy, interactive learning tool for the classroom. It would allow us to project stories onto the SmartBoard as they are being read to the class. The camera would make it possible for all of the students to see the stories and pictures as they are being read. It would allow us to read other stories that are not in our reading series. Also, the kids could come up and read certain parts or refer to the print when asked questions.

Another nice feature of this camera is its ability to zoom in on small objects that would normally be too hard for all of the children to see at once. It is able to capture three-dimensional objects such as cones, spheres, prisms, and other geometric shapes. This would be especially helpful when we are teaching math and science.
I am proposing this independently for the 8th grade students I teach daily. Benefits to the proposal would be a larger variety of non-fiction material for students to read. Possible material I would include would be: non-fiction history, autobiographical and biography writings and other inspirational non-fiction.
Bruce Eckenrod, Susan VanWyhe, Connie Boeve, Mike Groen, Kelli Docker To provide valuable experiences through the interaction with professional speakers who compliment units of study
Krista Sprock & Michelle Van Wyhe (Literacy Coaches) Teachers will be more likely to do word work on a daily basis with their Guided Reading groups if the the materials are readily available. If each student has their own letters and boards to work with they will improve their phonics and spelling skills. These boards and letters can be used with any student regardless of their reading ability.
Jamie Schar and I have worked on this Lion Grant together. We are both excited and have researched the positive effects that flexible seating can have in the classroom. The purpose of using flexible seating in the classroom is to increase the children’s focus time on direct instruction. Not only will flexible seating help them meet their individual needs, it will allow them to engage in “active sitting” with little to no disturbance in the classroom as it provides a child’s need for movement. Brain research has shown that there is a link between movement and academic performance.

The benefits of flexible seating in the classroom are:


• Improved handwriting
• Improved fine motor skills
• More time on-task
• Higher student engagement
• Fostering self-monitoring and student choices
• Allowing students to take ownership of their learning
• Promotes flexibility for students to work in a desired environment
• Promoting community based learning
Sara Groen and I have worked on this Lion Grant together. We are both excited. We have researched the positive effects that flexible seating can have in the classroom. I am in my fifth year or utilizing ball chairs in my classroom thanks to the Lion Grant. They have been an excellent addition to my classroom setting. They have been very beneficial to my students and their learning. The purpose of using flexible seating in the classroom is to increase the children’s focus time on direct instruction. Not only will flexible seating help them meet their individual needs, it will allow them to engage in “active sitting” with little to no disturbance in the classroom as it provides a child’s need for movement. Brain research has shown that there is a link between movement and academic performance.

The benefits of flexible seating in the classroom are:


• Improved handwriting
• Improved fine motor skills
• More time on-task
• Higher student engagement
• Fostering self-monitoring and student choices
• Allowing students to take ownership of their learning
• Promotes flexibility for students to work in a desired environment
• Promoting community based learning
Jerry Pytleski To provide better equipment to help aid in educating our 5th - 8th grade students in the field of Geology.
Chris Wright Students will have to use their problem solving skills to complete the tasks

The deadline for applications will be April 1st of each year - funds will be available for the following school year.  There is no minimum request level, and although exceptions can be made, the maximum request is $500.  The Foundation Board reserves the right to consider requests at other times or carry dollars forward if the annual allocation has not been expended.