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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 2017 applications. Applications will be reviewed and awarded in April, with the applications due April 1, 2017. Applications should be completed via a Google doc form by clicking here

The 2015 Lion Grant recipients are listed below, with awards totaling $10,014.65. 

2nd Grade Teachers

Chair Pockets/Folders

Kristi Wright


Novels/Teacher Resource


Chris Wright/Bill Allen

NASA Settlement Trip


Jerry Pytleski

STEM Curriculum


Steph Baker

BeeBot Bundle


4th Grade Teachers

Science Center


Peggy Groves

Spanish Trip



Susan Van Wyhe

Editing Software License



Title 1 Teachers

Books/A-Z Website Subscription


Bill Allen

Driver Kits/Robotics


Jaci Van Veldhuizen

Reading Subscriptions


Sandra Allen

8th Grade Novels


Janelle Flatebo



Emily Deutsch

Color Guard Flags


Media Center



Linnie Ditsworth

Scholastic Books



Tana Meyer

SMART program Activities


Rochelle Bloemendaal

Camera Lens



Ann Langholdt

Classroom Chair Folders


Tammy Hoppe


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.