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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 2016 Lion Grant recipients are listed below, with awards totaling $8,721.53.

Lion Grant Purpose
Lion Grant Proposer(s)
The funds from a Lion Grant help minimize the cost for students that choose to compete in the Space Settlement Design Competition that is held each spring at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Chris Wright and Bill Allen.
The purpose of this proposal is to increase the number of STEM Kits our district owns to make Pre-K-12 students aware of the different STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. And to grow students' knowledge on the topic of electricity.
Jerry Pytleski
To begin the process of updating some of our current technology in the science room.
Bill Allen
I am requesting the Lion Grant funds to help purchase materials for lab experiments that I will be using throughout the 2016-1017 school year that align with the Central Lyon Curriculum.
Mandi Hare
The purpose is to purchase additional manikins for teaching CPR. These would be used for student and staff classes.
Mel De Jong & Cindi Iwen
Provide high quality recording equipment for CL Middle School Students: Provide high quality camera for CL Middle School Students. Promote technology education-its use and benefits to our school, community and the world
Susan VanWyhe, Bruce Eckenrod, Connie Boeve, Sheila Maxwell, Mike Groen & Kelli Docker
To fund the Science Center of Iowa to come to the 4th grade classroom and enhance the science curriculum.
Amy Sieperda
One purpose of this proposal is to supply the Title I Book Room with quality leveled guided reading books to be used by teachers in small groups in grades Tk-4. In addition to supplying the Book Room, we will be able to give Title I and Headstart students reading materials to take home to promote reading.
Michelle Van Wyhe, Ashley Rypkema, Krista Sprock, & April Sailor
RAZ Kids
TK, 1st grade & 2nd grade teachers
With communication skills becoming more of necessity in today's workforce, I am always looking to strengthen the education that students receive in both speech and speaking fundamentals class. We currently have a subpar lectern (I wish I could submit a picture in this grant). I would like to update our speech lectern to allow students greater comfort and accessibility in both professional and casual speaking.
Rochelle Bloemendaal
To purchase one alto xylophone to be used by all seven grade levels of elementary general music. This xylophone will help replace one of the old and badly damaged xylophones in my classroom. I will also be able to replace broken mallets and mismatched pairs.
Janelle Flatebo
I propose a Lion Grant for the K - 6 visual arts program for sculptural materials for an all-school sculpture unit. Students at CL thoroughly enjoy creating 3-D works, and the benefits of working through such multidimensional learning activities helps build lifelong problem solving behaviors. However, the usual 3-D materials and unit overall are quite expensive. This Lion Grant would give students the opportunity to explore advanced and diverse learning and problem solving activities that would not otherwise be available to them with the usual school supplies budget.
Mrs. Hoppe
To purchase stage microphones and stands that will replace the current ones that are more than 20 years old, and don’t always work properly. In addition, we have been using microphone stands that are being held together with duct tape.
Ann Langholdt & Sherwin Langholdt

 

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.