Educator Grants

Spring 2018 Grant Deadline – Monday, April 2, 2018

Educator Grants

The Innovative Educator Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, and recognize creative projects that lead to academic achievement for students of the Klein ISD.

Educator Grants

Individual teachers can be awarded grants up to $2,000 and groups of teachers on the same campus can be awarded grants up to $7,500 for innovative classroom initiatives that support the mission of the school district. Multiple campuses may submit a grant for up to $15,000.

The grants will be evaluated by a committee of district representatives and foundation directors and will be awarded based on merit.

Lead the Spark Grant

The Lead the Spark grant is open to campus principals within Klein ISD to help support existing or new student programs.

They are awarded twice a year and applications are due by November 1st or April 1st. If either of those dates fall on a weekend, grant applications will be due the following Monday. Grant amounts are awarded between $5,000 and $25,000.

Grant Deadlines

The Klein ISD Education Foundation will accept grant proposals from KISD faculty for innovative projects and from KISD principals for the Lead the Spark grant for the fall semester until November 1st and the spring semester until April 1st.

If either of those dates fall on a weekend, grant applications will be due the following Monday.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for selection are specified in the grant guidelines. A Grant Critique Sheet with information about each project’s application will be returned at the end of the grant evaluation process.

Each Grant Application should include specific grant criteria that guide evaluation by the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee. Generally, grants should:

  • Support specific classroom, department, campus or school needs
  • Impact the quality of education for students
  • Relate to goals stated in the campus/district plan of action
  • Have the potential for duplication on other campuses

Grant Workshops

Grant workshops will be posted with the fall and spring dates on the Klein ISD Professional Development Catalog.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a grant writing workshop, or view the workshop video posted online.

KEF Grant Writing Workshop PowerPoint
Writing Winning Grants PowerPoint

Spring 2016 Grant Writing Workshop video

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Grant Summaries by Semester

Frank Elementary: Flight of the Innovators
Award:  $6,000
Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Grant Writers: Grace Erkman, Lisa Parks, Alisha Vasek, Whitney Turner, Eve Messina

Frank Elementary will pilot a project involving drones, for indoor use only that will support coding curriculum and cultivate lifelong learners. Students will interact with drones during “Makerspace” time in the library and in their classrooms.  Students will use a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum to plan a flight route by calculating weight, height, angles of rotation, and speed.  Students will understand concepts of flight physics, the use of drones in industry, coding via embedded systems, engineering design and career opportunities.

Krahn Elementary: Bridging the Gap with Boundless Play 
Award:  $7,500                                       
Sponsor: John Dyer / AMSOIL Dealer
Grant Writers: Sherry Julio-Thompson, Heather Dykes, Sara May, Kari Blenderman, Jodie Hayes, Claire Reimers

Installation of adaptive playground equipment like Rain Wheels, Xylophones and Triple Drums, will help bridge the gap between special education and non-disabled students by providing equitable access to existing playground equipment and make it conducive to all physical abilities. In addition to providing opportunities for boundless play for special needs students, the Adventure Playground Systems will also give non-disabled students a chance to learn about challenges while they interact and play together in a common space without limitation or separation due to disability or limited access.

Klein Cain: Making Connections with Makerspaces 
Award:  $2,150                                       
Sponsor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.
Grant Writers: Tasha James, Jennifer Merla

This project will provide exciting opportunities for students with autism or related disorders. Students will use robots to learn coding basics, programming and executive functioning skills as they build with Bloxels, a game board kit and building tools such as Legos and Qubits.  Clay and colored pencils will open doors to creativity when they create graphic novels and collaborate on a 3D model of Cain.  The students will host a Maker Faire and invite their families, future Hurricanes and district representatives to participate in Makerspace activities.

Epps Island:  Morales and Moore’s Moving Math 
Award:  $7,400                                       
Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union
Grant Writers: Brandy Bowlen, Kristie Moore, Rosalinda Morales

“Math in Motion” will transform classrooms into functional, movable and innovative spaces for learning.  Many students need to move and transfer their energy through “lab based” action-based learning systems. Number Sense will be strengthened through the use of a “Numeracy Noggin’ Wall,” where students can swat numbers, skip count, order numbers and balance while counting and chanting. In addition to mobile workstations, tabletop “add- ons” (standing desks) and “foot rockers” will also be utilized.  Students who understand the material can learn to lead stations in the classroom and reciprocally teach other students; the interactive stations allow students to support each other through teacher facilitation.    

Eiland Elementary: Read More Pictures 
Award:  $4,425                                     
Sponsor: Brian & Jenny McGown
Grant Writers: Jessica Scheller, Andrea Ramirez, Lisbeth Olmo

“Read More Pictures” is a collaborative effort to help students in grades 2-5 analyze wordless picture books, build content vocabulary and oral proficiency.   Students will work together to draft “storyboards” and create wordless stories using a variety of art mediums.  Cohesive and well-crafted storylines will be evident in the art the students produce. As student “docents,” they will present their stories in museum-type exhibits to other students, staff and visitors. A digital archive of the storyboards will be available to parents and students on the school website.  

Klein High School: Houston Symphony High School Residency Partnership 
Award:  $2,000                                       
Sponsor: Chick-fil-A / 1960 & Cutten
Grant Writers: Creston Herron

The Houston Symphony selected the Klein High School Orchestra as a Residency Partner for the 2017-18 season, a lifetime opportunity and a “first” for the Klein Community.  The residency will expose students to world-class music instruction, ensure that students possess a foundational knowledge of symphonic music, establish music as an essential element of the school community, motivate them to continue playing their instruments, and benefit from a multitude of musical experiences. Students and families will enjoy free Houston Symphony Concerts, monthly rehearsals with Symphony musicians and workshops with the conductor, Robert Franz. In addition, all masterclasses and workshops are open to all orchestra programs in the district, so the impact is limitless!

Zwink Elementary School:   STREAMing the P2P Vision
Award:  $23,800                                     
Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC
Grant Writers: Katie Turner

Mobile learning pods will serve as a point of departure for students to see themselves as inventors, creators and designers.  They will enrich and explore pathways to science, technology, reading, engineering, art and math (STREAM) through hands-on learning and independent and collaborative investigations.  These mobile classrooms will transform generic areas to interactive, student-centered learning spaces. Students will be challenged to choose a problem or inquiry as independent researchers or in small groups.  Lesson plans or independent choice menus on a “Digital Choiceboard” guide and encourage students to create and share conclusions in innovative ways.  As they reach higher levels of understanding, students will create products using “Flipgrid” or Kleinfix videos to teach others.  Additional sponsors, PTO, Burlington stores, WatchDOGS, and community volunteers will also provide guidance and expertise and will have the opportunity to utilize the mobile learning labs during Parent Engagement, ESL and Prime Time events.    

Greenwood Forest Elementary: Celebrating Cultures and Acceptance for Others—A Culture Fair
Award: $7,500
Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC
Georgia Matthews, Cynthia Sullivan, Jessica Jackson

Fifth grade students will participate, on a voluntary basis, in a family-approved project using Family Finder DNA to discover their individual genetic background characteristics. They will use their results and relevant data to select and research a culture/topic based on their primary background ethnicity. This project will help students and families have a greater appreciation of individual origins and facilitate a broader acceptance of diversity of cultures. Students will present the information they have learned, and the data they have collected about other countries, traditions, in a project-based learning design. A “capstone project”—a Family Cultural Night—for other students, families and community members will include cuisine from many other countries and celebrate the diversity of the school and neighborhood. All DNA results will be returned to participating parents upon completion of the project.

Klein Oak and Klein Collins High Schools: Cross Anatomy Using Class Models
Award: $14,950
Sponsor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.
Grant Writer(s): Frances Ditta, Catherine Lawrence, Lisa Oliver, Catherine Marr

Athletic trainers at Klein Oak and Klein Collins will conduct a project that offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the structural anatomy of the human body. The Anatomy in Clay learning system provides hands-on learning experiences for students and trainers in sports medicine and health science classes. Through the use of clay and models, students will build body systems and expand knowledge of kinesiology applications and effective ways to treat sports injuries. Demonstration videos will also help students understand pre- and post-surgery treatment plans.

Klein Oak High School: The Collaboration Café—A Menu for Success in English III
Award: $7,100
Sponsor: PBK Architects
Grant Writer(s): Chrisanne Christensen, Lynn Taylor, Jamie Nusbaum

A classroom project that links general and co-teach students, the “Café” provides learning spaces through a menu of adaptive technology, story boarding, and poetry/comic illustrations. New furnishings, on-line subscriptions, listening and working stations will provide opportunities to develop College and Career Readiness Standards. The project provides new and meaningful venues of accommodations for co-teach students by increasing positive expression and classroom engagement. “Listening Centers” will align and enhance instruction with Individualized Education Program (IEP) accommodations. The project will become a model of innovation within a co-teach environment while creating an avenue of co-teach discourse for future readiness skills. Workshop days, peer collaboration, team contests and product demonstrations will demonstrate content mastery.

Metzler Elementary: Huskies are Cool in School
Award: $2,750
Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union
Grant Writer(s): Lorene Wright, Lisa Gonzales, Melissa Wilson, Megan Maedgen

The Metzler Mindfulness Club will serve students in K-5 grades, campus staff members and family members. The tenets of instruction will provide positive behavioral attitudes for all students, but especially for “at risk” students who need Response to Intervention (RtI) services. The club will complement the school’s Visible Learning focus, allow students another venue to practice the qualities of effective learners and make connections between those practices and their academic and personal lives. Students will create videos demonstrating exercise poses and keep journals where they can reflect on their practice and document areas of personal growth and change of attitudes.

Bernshausen Elementary: Lights…Books…Action!
Award: $2,000
Sponsor: Lone Star College – University Park
Grant Writer(s): Fernando Martinez

This project will assist English language learners by providing another way for them to receive individualized reading instruction. We will use Reader’s Theater script books, from a variety of literary genres for 1st through 3rd graders, and belt-clipped amplifiers which will allow students to hear themselves read aloud in performances for other classes and audiences. Students will also record their reading and performances. Students will write in their journals and evaluate how well they performed for others. The books and mini-amplifiers will be used year after year to improve reading fluency and word recognition as well as building confidence in students.

Benignus Elementary: CREW (Creations with Robotics in the Elementary World)
Award: $5,650
Sponsor: Huckabee
Grant Writer(s): Jennifer Rademacher, Shay Harman, Laura Firmin, Kimberly England

CREW (Creations with Robotics in the Elementary World) combines robots and coding to spark students’ enthusiasm for learning. Through “hands-on” and “minds-on” activities, students will solve challenges, create codes and create unique creations with various robots. CREW’s learning activities include: creating timelines for biographies and historical events, drawing polygons and navigate robots to describe attributes, designing a story map and pretending the robot is a character, and finding textual evidence by coding robots to read color coded sentences. K-12 students can create robotic showcases, participate in competitions, and share their experiences in digital portfolios and blogs. Parents and community members will also visit the campus to teach concepts and learn how robotics can impact the world.

Krahn Elementary: To Nearpod and Beyond
Award: $1,400
Sponsor: Klein Equities
Grant Writer(s): Shannon Strole, Amy Mathai, Judy Burkes, Anne May

Grant funds will purchase a School Edition subscription to “Nearpod,” a site that allows twenty teachers to receive access to all of the lessons in the Nearpod store that can help them personalize instruction. Each teacher will use three to five lessons per week, which includes creating content, engaging students and assessing student responses in “real” time. With these resources, teachers can create multimedia presentations that include quizzes, surveys, drawing tools and videos. Parents and community partners can take part in classroom activities using the same “Nearpod” code. They can also participate in an Open House forum which showcases activities and student participation, and then use the code to reflect on the material at a later date.

Krahn Elementary: Cardinal Kaleidoscope…a Slight Change and All Patterns Alter
Award: $23,000
Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Grant Writer(s): Frank Ward, Principal

Krahn’s Kaleidoscope Kids Lab will provide a magical and inviting space where primary students can have a colorful array of quality children’s books read to them through a variety of multimedia resources and shared reading experiences with community participants. A Kaleidoscope of Distinction Corner will include high-interest books for parents and guest readers to read to students. Technology will be used by students to create exit tickets/illustrations and express information to follow along with adult readers. Third through fifth grade students will also be paired with Pre-K through second grade students as guest readers. The Kaleidoscope Kids Lab will provide Krahn students an added opportunity to develop and foster a genuine love for literacy.

Hassler Elementary: Hassler Pony Maker Cart
Award: $5,150
Sponsor: Durotech, Inc.
Grant Writer(s): Gretchen Worrell, Tanya Shaw, Aimee Miller, Jennifer Flaherty, Melissa Bermudez

The Hassler Pony Maker Cart will be filled with STEM materials that will provide Kindergarten to second grade students with opportunities to become problem-solvers through hands-on learning activities, develop open-minded and critical thinking skills and promote collaborative learning through a STEM cross curriculum approach. Because STEM careers are growing at a high rate, the STEM experiences provided by the Hassler Pony Maker Cart will help students experience a growing appreciation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning objectives.

Doerre Intermediate: Extend the STEM—Piloting Biology in 8th Grade!
Award: $2,000
Sponsor: IBI Group
Grant Writer(s): Carol Anderson

Real life experiences with DNA, comparative anatomy of invertebrates and vertebrates, embryology and ecology projects will bring excitement and enrichment to the 8th grade biology curriculum. Students who score at least 80 on the CBE (Credit by Exam), will have an opportunity to participate in a program that will expand STEM education and encourage the study of Biology in high school. An electrophoresis apparatus will be used to study DNA and an incubator to watch chicken eggs develop at Wunderlich Farms. Class experiments, proposals, lab reports, “journaling” and digital presentations will engage students in the scientific process and show them the applications of biological concepts into growing the next generation of ideas.

Eiland Elementary: Recommendation Bursts
Award: $6,900
Sponsor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.

Grant Writer(s): Ann Kennedy, Jessica Scheller, Nikki Munoz, Judy Wyble, Chauncey Walker, Dana Fletcher

Students will gain a place in the library dedicated to their voices, their opinions and their ideas about books. Currently, classes come to the library to check out books but do not have a place to “loiter” to read, relax and talk about books as real readers do. A small, but modest place will be established, defined by a rug, floor seating and displays—where children can read freely, discuss ideas passionately and recommend books to each other. An octagonal display will showcase book recommendations that “pop” from all angles of the display. These written “bursts” from teachers to students and students to students will stick out from books in cartoon bubbles. Eiland students will “burst” with enthusiasm!

Grace England Pre-K Center: Ready Body, Learning Minds
Award: $6,300
Sponsor: Brian & Jenny McGown

Grant Writer(s): Ann Dristas, Jaunee Perry, Maria Gamboa, Rachel Heallen

All students at Grace England will engage in Ready Body, Learning Minds activities during thirty minutes of daily structured play required by state guidelines. The activities in the program provide teachers with easy to implement exercises in a motor lab environment. While engaged in play, students will work on academic concepts: counting skills, alphabet knowledge, phonemic awareness and building communication and language skills. These exercises offer developmental support for sensory and motor systems for special education, bilingual and English as Second Language students.

Vistas High School Program: Walk to Graduation!
Award: $6,700
Sponsor: Todd & Raye Anne Edmonds

Grant Writer(s): Amada Blevins, Lisa Comeaux, Daree Stracke, Ann Todaro, Kim Mahnke

The fitness program will be expanded and conducted by the coach, nurses and staff for the entire school and complement physical education instruction. A treadmill and elliptical equipment will enhance the walking program which uses pedometers to count steps to pre-determined destinations—i.e. “Walk to Disney World.” A more comprehensive fitness program will allow staff to help students increase the steps they walk, the miles covered and destination goals and have a positive impact on the students.

Klein Forest High School: Career Technology Education Building (CTE) —Criminal Justice Department
Award: $7,500
Sponsor: Houston Northwest Medical Center

Grant Writer(s): Josslynn Victorian, Christopher Smith, Keith Glazener, Mickey Ethridge

A small CTE building will be constructed for use in curriculum simulations. Architectural engineering students will create/design the building; construction technology students will build the freestanding structure and criminal justice students will use it for demonstrations of tactical entry, search skills, and hostage situations. The materials used for building the structure will be reused several times when woodshop students construct and deconstruct the building and use it as a demo plan for Architect Design. The infrastructure will provide opportunities analyze situations, solve problems and collect evidence and data systematically.

Greenwood Forest Elementary: STEM Station
Award: $2,000
Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union

Grant Writer(s): Rhonda Stowe, Lisa Ngo

Mobile STEM Maker Carts are filled with multiple science, engineering and math items that third graders will use during learning “stations” and regular math and science classes. Specific activities include building simple machines and other types of buildings, exploring physical properties of matter such as magnetism and mass, different forms of energy, including light, sound and mechanical gears. Students will learn how to use a microscope, principles of geometry and physical properties through physical changes kits, forces and motion lab and life cycle cards.

Therapeutic Education Campus (TEP): Drum Time
Award: $1,700
Sponsor: John Dyer – Amsoil

Grant Writer(s): Angela Leroy

The music therapist will conduct “drum time,” a therapeutic drumming experience once a week in each elementary classroom, K-5, during music enrichment labs. Based on recent research, drumming promotes a reduction of anxiety, increases internal regulation and thought patterns and promotes group cohesion. Many students at TEP have experienced trauma in their short lives; others fight depressions, anxiety, PTDS and inability to control their emotions. Drum time will use a curriculum by Dave Holland and hand drums for each student in a unique environment where they can use nonverbal communication that empowers students to feel self-confident, a sense of order and routine and prepare the brain for academic concepts.

Hassler Elementary: Bringing Our Core Values to Life
Award: $750
Sponsor: Pegi Ivancevich in Honor of Jack & Dana Ivancevich

Grant Writer(s): Adria Stacha

Mentor texts will be used that include characters that exhibit the core values of “PONIES”: Purposely loyal, Open-minded, Nurturing to all, Intentionally positive, Eager to learn and Striving for success. The books will be available for teachers and mentors to use to build a common language about core values and character development through a discussion of literature in grades K-5. Included inside each book is a brief summary and helpful teaching points. Open-ended questions about the character’s high-lighted trait will provide prompts for writing, and students will also participate in “book talks” about ways the books helped them understand specific traits such as “open-mindedness.”

Haude Elementary and Northampton Elementary: Follow the Coding Brick Road with Ozobots and Osmos
Award: $15,000
Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC

Grant Writer(s): Sarah Bennett, Melisa Fernandez, Kimberly Daniels, Erica Dufrin, Andrea Hay, Marinela Blackwell

The collaboration between two schools will help all students participate in learning to code with Ozobots and Osmos. Students from each grade will participate in competitive challenges that might include designing a house, building a bridge or finding the pot of gold. After each challenge, students will send feedback through audio, video conferencing and/or email about ways to solve problems that arose during the challenges. Each class will create a custom Ozobot, write about them in shared writing pieces and schools will vote on the most effective robot. Students will enter challenges on the Ozobot website, and then compete both individually and collectively. Google docs will allow teachers to collaborate on lessons, challenges and projects.

Klein Collins: R.E.A.C.T.I.N.G.: Role-Play Encouraging Argumentation, Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Negotiation, and Growth
Award: $1,200
Sponsor: Caldwell Companies

Grant Writer(s): Kim Drain

In “Reacting to Past” activities, students learn by assuming the roles of historical figures and becoming immersed in historical time periods guided by student handbooks provided. The “game,” chosen for a Dual Credit class, places students in a 1913 Greenwich Village during a time of rapid industrialization and social upheaval. Students will analyze historical texts, deliver speeches, write newspaper articles and try to persuade others to join their cause. “Reacting to the Past” is an innovative, college-level cross-curricular pedagogy, developed under the auspices of Bernard College, that helps students connect their classroom learning to real world situations and issues.

Klein Collins High School: Exceptional Embroidery
Award: $1,000
Sponsor: PBK, Inc.

Grant Writer(s): Sarah Fredrichsen

Students in the high school developmental program will provide personalized monogramming services to the community. This vocational enrichment class will embroider products, design a website, create promotional flyers and brochures, correspond with customers, package and deliver finished products and ensure product quality. Profits from sales will sustain partnerships with day-habitation programs, restore the life skills sensory garden, reinforce academic skills through community-based instructions and fund and replenish supplies for future programs and endeavors.

Kreinhop Elementary: The Howler—Hot Off the Press
Award: $2,000
Sponsor: Don & Lynne Dozier

Grant Writer(s): Lauren Stevens, Shelley Wells, Jessica Goynes

Breaking News: Teachers will lead a Journalism Club for fourth and fifth-grade students that will help them learn the journalism process by interviewing, researching, writing and publishing an electronic newspaper, the first one in an elementary school in the Klein ISD. Students will use current technology, including Google Classroom, to share ideas and collaborate with each other and with their teachers. Students from all backgrounds can participate in club activities that will enhance their writing and communication skills by writing about topics they choose. The newspaper will provide articles that have both informational and entertainment purposes, and students will keep digital portfolios to monitor their progress.

Hildebrandt Intermediate: Classroom Library for Reluctant Readers
Award: $750
Sponsor: Fujitsu America, Inc.

Grant Writer(s): Joanna Pennington

Students who are reading well below grade level in resource and co-teach classrooms will have materials to reinforce the Reader/Writer Workshop model and books that contain more modern cover art, ample white space, short chapters and illustrations which make the text less intimating for struggling readers. The “Just Right Books” will enable students with critically low reading skills to have “voice” and “choice” and have access to engaging books that will encourage “Team Reading Challenges” by increasing the amount of time students spend with texts.

Northampton Elementary and Haude Elementary: Follow the Coding Brick Road with Ozobots and Osmos
Award: $15,000
Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC

Grant Writer(s): Sarah Bennett, Melisa Fernandez, Kimberly Daniels, Erica Dufrin, Andrea Hay, Marinela Blackwell

The collaboration between two schools will help all students participate in learning to code with Ozobots and Osmos. Students from each grade will participate in competitive challenges that might include designing a house, building a bridge or finding the pot of gold. After each challenge, students will send feedback through audio, video conferencing and/or email about ways to solve problems that arose during the challenges. Each class will create a custom Ozobot, write about them in shared writing pieces and schools will vote on the most effective robot. Students will enter challenges on the Ozobot website, and then compete both individually and collectively. Google docs will allow teachers to collaborate on lessons, challenges and projects.

French Elementary: Fueling the Heart, Mind & Imagination 
Award: $25,000
Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP

Grant Writer(s): Carole Mason, Principal

French Elementary will partner with Hildebrandt Intermediate and Klein Oak High School to support an integrated Fine Arts curriculum in their feeder pattern.  Students will have an opportunity to attend professional performances and then return to their schools to perform original musicals; they will have access to theater stages, costuming and puppetry to use for their performances through a partnership with Alley Theater.  Funds from the foundation’s Donald and Sylvia Collins Professional Development Fund will support professional development for teachers in fine arts integration so that transition from campus to campus will be seamless. Training with professionals from the Alley Theater will begin in the Summer of 2017, will continue into Fall 2017 and will embed resident artists into the classroom to serve as mentors for teachers and students. As the pilot school in this program, French Elementary will support other campuses as they embrace Fine Arts Integration.

French Elementary: STEM and Fine Arts: It’s Happening in the Library!
Award: $5,000
Sponsor: PBK, Inc.
Debbie McKamie, Sandra Koslosky

Under the direction of the librarian and parent volunteers, first through fifth-grade students will work with Makey Makey Circuits and Osmo Tangrams, which are beginning engineering and technology programs that adapt to various ability levels. Students will create art and tangrams, engineering projects, musical instruments and learn to program robotic balls. During flexible instruction times, teachers will rotate classes through the library so that students have an opportunity to participate in library “Maker Space” activities that develop reading, math, and critical thinking skills.


Grace England Early Childhood and Prekindergarten Center: Digging into Learning: Thinking Inside the Sandbox
Award: $3,450
Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Rachel Heallen, Ann Dristas, Jaunee Perry

Covered sandboxes, located on three fenced playgrounds, will provide an environment for tactile learning experiences that reinforce prekindergarten learning objectives in an outdoor setting. This project will provide children with “hands-on” activities that include archeological digs, construction of roadways and sandcastles, writing letters in the sand, and treasure hunts. During “Curriculum Nights,” students will teach their parents about sandbox learning through story walks, writing samples and oral presentations.


Kuehnle Elementary: Beating Drums, Building Brains and Bodies
Award: $4,500
Sponsor: Herff Jones
Annaliese Altendorf, Dianne Dobb, Merry Keith

Students, in all physical education classes, will achieve a full cardio workout by using DrumFit equipment, a cardio drumming program that combines mental health benefits with physical activity and provides full brain and body workout. Drumming, a great equalizer in an athletic program, will engage all students regardless of ability levels and learning styles and increase focus and attentiveness in students through rhythm and movement. Students will create their own routines. They will perform their drumming skills at parent nights and other Kuehnle programs and events.


Benignus Elementary: Let’s Have a Ball!
Award: $2,450
Sponsor: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.
Shay Harman, Cara O’Leary, Jessica Crow, Amy Devlin, Jonathan Mitchen

The Qball is a wireless microphone embedded in a ball and is a fun and dynamic way to engage and interact with others. Students learn that the person holding the ball is the speaker, and the person without the ball is the listener. The Qball increases student participation and allows even soft-spoken children to have a voice in a large group setting, changes how students interact in many school settings and minimizes discipline problems.


Doerre, Klein Oak, Klein High, Klein Collins & Klein Forest: To BEE or Not to BEE
Award: $5,350
Sponsor: Klein Equities
Steve Baird, Jamie Philen, Rebecca Brummond, Danny Reaves, Amanda Simmons

A safe environment and equipment will provide students opportunities to study honey bee colonies, follow the development of honey bee larvae, watch comb building, honey production, and storage and observe bee castes and communication with the bee dance. In addition to studying bees at Wunderlich Farms, the observation hive can be transported to area schools and festivals. A remote webcam will enable students with allergies to view and learn from the safety of their classrooms or homes.


Vistas High School Program: Lights, Camera, Green Screen!! Engaging Students Through Video Production
Award: $4,250
Sponsor: Lone Star College – University Park
Amanda Blevins, Kim Sharp, Scott Williams, Lisa Comeaux, Karla Fuerst

Green screen equipment will enhance the recording studio and be dedicated to Vistas Productions. Students will use the equipment to plan, develop, direct, edit and present classroom projects and whole school assemblies (Vistas Visits). Teachers across multiple disciplines will use the equipment for individual classroom projects, and it will aid in the development of the student book club, yearbook staff, Leadership program and expand career and technology skills for 21st-century learners.


Benfer Elementary: Fine Motor Time
Award: $1,400
Sponsor: Outlook Financial Group, LLC
Sandy Schiffer

The Preschool Developmental Class will implement a “Fine Motor Time” to increase the time for students with significant fine motor delays to work on deficits and weaknesses. Materials will be used in “centers” where the teacher, paraprofessionals and the occupational therapist will engage the students by modeling and providing guidance. The activities will help strengthen the muscles of the hand, wrist, and fingers by lacing, twisting, pushing, pulling and building with the materials.


Ehrhardt Elementary: STEAM Powered Reading
LEAD the SPARK – Award: $24,000
Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC
Charles Hall, Principal

Literary genres come to life with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) stations.  Librarians will read a book from a specific genre, discuss the characteristics of that genre and explain corresponding STEAM stations where students will participate in STEAM-based learning and have opportunities to think, design and imagine solutions.  They will develop a deep understanding of the concepts behind the stations by reading correlating library books located on their own STEAM bookshelf.


Schultz Elementary: STEM Science Classroom (Schultz Teachers Educating Minds)
LEAD the SPARK – Award: $24,100
Sponsor: RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Sherri Davenport, Principal

An existing computer lab will be transformed into a flexible space where teachers can integrate STEM opportunities for students. Resources such as grade-level science materials and manipulatives, safety equipment, organizational spaces, and lab tables will assist students in learning about the scientific process which they will extend into digital presentations and interactive notebook entries.

Krahn Elementary: “The Braille Bus”
Award: $1,400
Sponsor: Caropam Corporation

Heather Kolon, Laura Householder, Lani Simonton, Tabitha Morgan, Rebecca Blanchard

A distinct, yellow book-cart, the “Braille Express,” will provide visually impaired students a mobile classroom of easily accessible Braille books and games and create an environment where all students feel fully engaged. The art teacher will paint the cart to look like a bus so that everyone knows that when they see it, they also know what accommodations it contains. Because of its mobility, students can play games and interact on an equal basis during literacy stations, reading time and social interactions. The “Braille Bus” project will provide a completed design for other schools to implement as well.


Frank Elementary: “Playaway Audiobooks”
Award: $2,000
Sponsor: Aaron’s, Inc.

Grace Erkman

The Audiobooks will provide greater access for students and a wider choice of reading material they want to read. Pre-loaded, portable audiobooks will allow the literacy specialist to target ELL (English Language Learners), disabled students and struggling readers and help the librarian administer an auditory screener for students who need reading intervention. These students will fill out a Reading Inventory and have first access to the audiobooks to check out for use in the classroom and to take home.


Frank Elementary: “Words Matter In Our Classrooms”
Award: $7,500
Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC

Theresa McMahon, Jodi Sohrt, Mary Jones, Angela Stengl, Eric Baldwin

First through fifth grade classrooms will have several sets of letters, magnetic boards, and syllable boards so they can manipulate words and spelling patterns that frequently occur in everyday reading and writing. These resources will help implement a high-quality, systematic literacy program that helps children become “word solvers”—readers who can take words apart while reading for meaning and writers who can construct words while writing to communicate. Magnetic letters will help students move from memorizing words to actively manipulating and working with letters and words.


Klein ISD Health Services: “Spot On Vision Testing”
Award: $7,500
Sponsor: Houston Northwest Medical Center

Lisa Leaseburge RN MSN, Melissa Dawson RN BSN, Deborah Lange Hall RN BSN, Yvonne Clarke RN BSN, Diane Harrison RN

The “Spot” Vision Screener, a handheld, portable device, detects vision issues in people from 6 months to adulthood. Specially trained Klein ISD health services teams will conduct state- mandated screening in children who have problems participating in standard vision procedures: developmental students, English Language Learners and early childhood and pre-kindergarten. Expedited vision screening for these students will detect vision problems early so they can benefit from intervention and special education assessments.


Benignus Elementary: “Full STEAM Ahead with Makerspaces”
Award: $7,300
Sponsor: Aquilae Management

Lisa Kelley, Kim Hollier, Alicia Valdez, Jessica Crow, Shay Harman

Homeroom classes will visit the library on “Makerspace Fridays” where students can participate in one of 5 STEAM-based learning stations. The flexible furniture will help students collaborate and take ownership of their learning environment by configuring spaces that meet the needs of individual students and groups in interactive, “hands-on” learning experiences. They will also use 3D pens, circuit boards, Magformers and robots in mathematical and science integrated projects that enrich the grade level curriculum.


Klein ISD Police Department: “Leadership Academy”
Award: $7,500
Sponsor: American Association of Drilling Engineers

Natalie Van Der Dys, Christi Haggard

The KISD Police Department and school counselors will form student leadership groups on several elementary school campuses. They will meet with 20 students, 3rd—5th grades, chosen by each counselor, who will benefit from character building lessons. Each student will receive a Handbook for Success that will guide the discussion and provide officers and counselors with a tool that encourages students and opens lines of communication between students, staff and police officers. Students will also work on campus-wide projects and inspirational activities and share character lessons on the morning announcements.


Klein Intermediate: “College and Career Readiness Through Technological Advances”
Award: $7,305
Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union

Jennifer Harper, Lauren Thomas, Terra Gilder, Dr. Hope Luster-Calhoun, Jon Marie Rogers

iPads will be used as support for the college and career readiness program and prepare students for a changing, competitive future. Using Google applications, Gifted and Talented students can create electronic, interactive notebooks for their Texas Performance Standards Projects and for further research. PATH students will create portfolios for district projects and for PSAT preparation and practice. Students will have the opportunity to use iPad minis while working with mentors, research in the library and for presentation purposes. They will also work in a partnership with Chevron to start virtual college tours.


Ulrich Intermediate: “W.O.R.L.D.—Working to Realize Lifelong Developers”
Award: $8,000
Sponsor: TEAM Klein

Jeffrey Bailey, Principal

Mobile “Skype Stations” will allow learning communities to expand and motivate students to learn and write about world issues. Each of the “Skype Stations” will include a TV, laptop, docking station cart, webcam, and microphone that can be easily transported to classrooms throughout the campus. As part of a project-based learning curriculum, students will participate in lessons that help them address open-ended questions. They will interact with other campuses around the world using technology that provides interdisciplinary communication between students and the global community. The school will also develop partnerships with corporations, authors, lecturers, scientists and other professionals that will foster relevance of assignments across the curriculum. This grant will help Ulrich students close the achievement gap and build leaders who are “future ready.”


Epps Island Elementary: “Kinesthetic Reading Lab”
Award: $25,000
Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP

La Toya Wynne, Principal

A kinesthetic reading lab (KRL) will influence the health and literacy development of 3rd through 5th grade students. Stationary bikes will be attached to desks so that students can bike while they read a variety of books. The KRL layout can be easily modified to support both group and independent reading activities, and the KRL rotation schedule will ensure that each student will have at least 30 minutes of reading/biking time each week. Students will have additional time before and after school through the School KRL Club, and incentives will also allow students to earn additional time in the KRL lab. The lab will assist in developing reading fluency and physical stamina by providing additional opportunities to engage in independent reading activities and embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

Eiland Elementary: “It’s a New ERA (Eiland Reader Award)
Award: $2,000 Sponsor: Durotech, Inc.
Jessica Scheller

In the library, students will learn about book awards, like Caldecott and Blue Bonnet, and read award-winning books to understand the selection criteria. Then, students will critically analyze books for quality and uniqueness of story, art, author’s purpose and reader interest. They will have different selection criteria and lists of books that reflect the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum as well as developmental readiness. Students in K-2 and 3-5 will then vote and select an overall winner and two “honor” books. A set of books will be provided for each grade level as well as one set for the library’s collection, adorned with the students’ choices for E.R.A. Awards.


Eiland Elementary: “Got Code?”
Award: $6,040 Sponsor: Joiner Architects
Jessica Scheller, Libby Corn, Martha Garcia, Chauncey Walker, Jeffrey Hattrup, Carolyn Pearce

The Got Code project will provide cutting-edge access to materials that introduce students to computer coding and robotics. They will work with BeeBots and Probots, interactive and programmable devices that will assess their ability to solve problems immediately. As they progress, they can create their own coding challenges and attempt more complex tasks. Every student will complete three tasks during library time; the resources will also be available for teacher-directed time during the week in the library’s “MakerSpace.” At Parent Night, students will instruct their parents in ways to complete the challenges they have developed.


Grace England Early Childhood & Pre-K Center: “A ‘Vested’ Interest in Our Future”
Award: $6,505 Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Rachel Heallen, Ann Dristas, Amy Faulkner, Aurora Hume

All pre-school students will participate in activities where they learn about personal safety and occupations by role-playing “community helpers,” and occupations that protect us. They will write and create stories about what they “want to be when they grow up.” The grant will fund the purchase of occupation “dress-up” costumes, storage, mirrors and instructional reading materials in both Spanish and English for careers and occupations which will broaden their knowledge of future opportunities.


Grace England Early Childhood & Pre-K Center: “L.I.T. (Learning is Teaching)”
Award: $1,350 Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union
Margarita Espinoza

Parent training, conducted in English/Spanish/Vietnamese will help parents learn the strategies for teaching letters, syllables, using environmental print, writing short sentences, choosing appropriate books for their children, and how to use picture dictionaries to expand vocabulary. The training will take place after school for six weeks, and the first thirty families who sign up will participate in the series of classes. Picture dictionaries and notebooks will be provided in Vietnamese, English and Spanish for parents to use during the training.


Brill Elementary: “The Partridge Family Moves One Direction: From a Library to an Active Learning Commons
Award: $23, 015 Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC
Dayna Hernandez, Principal

The Brill Library, designed in the 1970’s, will be transformed from an archive of resources into an active, learning “Maker Space,” where students can collaborate, research, create and present student work in an innovative, high-tech environment. It will include “campfire” seating and presentation area, including a data projector and bench-style seating, which will also work as a storytelling nook for teachers, the Librarian and volunteer mentors who work on the campus with students. Students will participate in Project-Based Learning activities and use digital portfolios to save projects, notes and binder activities. The re-designed library, including personal workspaces, flexible seating and magnetic easels/whiteboards on casters for mobility and flexibility, will lead to an interactive, highly-engaged community of learners who can contribute to today’s demanding and evolving workforce.


Lemm Elementary: “Moving Forward With Social Skills”
Award: $5,000 Sponsor: Stantec Architecture
Dana Towse-Paulk, Katie Abshire, Kelsey Morgan, Marilyn Robertson, Veronica Trevino

User-friendly, research-based “Second Step” curriculum kits will provide games, songs, videos and lessons that guide discussions that help students develop learning readiness, empathy, emotion management and problem solving skills in activities appropriate for each grade level. Online support offers training and continuous assistance. The materials will allow for instruction in classroom settings, conducted by classroom teachers with weekly sessions and daily follow-up lessons.


Bernshausen Elementary: “Look, Listen, Learn Program”
Award: $2,000 Sponsor: PBK, Inc.
Fernando Martinez

This program will assist students with low English language understanding to improve fluency and word recognition. The project will use Marie Cabo’s audio CD and books. During “center time,” students will read along with the audio book to gain confidence in their pronunciation and increase word recognition. The purpose of “Look, Listen, Learn” is to provide all students with another way to receive individualized reading instruction. A CD, book and CD player for each student will improve reading confidence as the students read and learn at their own pace.


Zwink Elementary: “LEGO and Learn On”
Award: $2,760 Sponsor: Layer 3 Communications
Carissa Talk, Kandi Anderson

LEGO resources create engaging and collaborative lessons that help students develop creativity and writing skills. Children will use LEGOs to build objects that stimulate and motivate students to write stories about them. The LEGOs will enhance the students’ writing process with hands-on, visual experiences and the story they create will support social learning and technology use.

Klein Forest High School: “Composing Creativity”
Award: $7,500 Sponsor: Aquilae Management Corporation & AmeriStar Realtors
Stacey Kornegay, Ryan Barker, Kathleen Harrison, Brittany Reilly, Ragan Gainey

The Klein Forest Dance Department, Jazz Band, Dance Club, Digital and Theater Departments will collaborate to help prepare students for careers in the creative arts. They will create a community performance that combines multiple genres of music and dance and introduce students to composers and choreographers who will help students compose music, learn how current trends in dance have developed and discover how artists collaborate to enhance each other’s performances. Students will produce music portfolios, design costumes and present a digital documentary of the project at the culminating performance that will also involve alumni and community musicians.


Wunderlich Intermediate School: “Science Discovery Dome”
Award: $24,070 Sponsor: American Association of Drilling Engineers
Chris Ruggerio

The interactive “Science Discovery Zone,” will provide a planetarium experience for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade science classes. Students will receive instruction in a range of science areas including, but not limited to, the solar system, energy conservation, pollution and the history of Galileo. Students will discuss the historical impact of scientific discoveries, research topics and develop writing assignments, construct models and calculate distances and time between the Earth and other planets. The Dome will offer a new and engaging environment so students learn science in an interactive way.


Eiland/Kaiser Elementary: “AikiSkills—Developing Conflict Resolution Through Movement”
Award: $5,000 Sponsor: Houston Northwest Medical Center
Thad Green, Kim Hayden, Leslie Larson, Greg Jones

AikiSkills is a unique project, based on the Japanese concept which roughly translates as “compassionate energy,” and teaches pro-social conflict response skills through physical activities. In the AikiSkills program, students who receive special education, will learn and develop three skills—getting out of the way, sharing perspective and caring about people—which enable them to effectively navigate social conflicts. AikiSkills kits will be constructed containing materials for various activities used to teach those skills. As a result, students should demonstrate increased self-control and behavioral success.


Grace England Early Childhood and Pre-kindergarten Center: “A.B.C.—Architects Building Connections”
Award: $7,225 Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC
Rachel Heallen, Ann Dristas, Latresa Scott, Margarita Espinoza, Monica Blancet, Jaunee Perry

A “hands-on” approach will be used to support curriculum through tactile exploring of concrete objects and creating physical models of students’ homes, communities and animal habitats in various ecosystems—zoo, arctic, desert, rain forest and jungles. Construction materials will support and enrich literature through mini-lessons and discovery through “facts and fun.” Since pre-K children learn about the world through play, their conversations, explorations and experiments will help develop critical thinking and language.


Grace England EC/Pre-K Center: “Reading Restaurant—Food For Thought”
Award: $7,500 Sponsor: Superior Energy Services, Inc.
Kristen Grier, Stephanie Keenright, Ann Dristas (principal), Jaunee Perry

Teachers and students will create the “Reading Restaurant” for parents, grandparents, siblings, special guests and teachers to enjoy reading with students in their classrooms. Table cloths, décor, centerpieces and costumes for Mexican, Italian, Chinese, All-American, German, and Hawaiian themes will set the stage. Students will create menus that include stories, poems and examples of their own writing. After visitors have chosen items from the menu, students will enjoy reading the selections with them. Students will have “take-out” bags to enjoy their “selections” at home. Books, in Spanish and English, will be re-used in small group instruction, paired reading and with “Reading Buddy” volunteers from McDougle Elementary.


Klein Intermediate: “Music Through Technology”
Award: $3,325 Sponsor: Achieve3000, Inc.
Chase DeBord, Cara Patterson, Richard Gist, Peggy Buchanan, Hope Luster

Music teachers will use iPad Minis to engage students during class, and section practices that take place before and after school. Software designed for the iPad operating system will provide students with visual feedback on tone production, intonation, rhythm, dynamics, style and phrasing. They can record themselves for aural analysis and evaluate their accuracy and progress. The project will help teachers target instruction in the time they have with students.


Doerre Intermediate: “Edible Car Challenge”
Award: $2,000Sponsor: PBK, Inc.
Cindy Tan, Pam Green, Rebecca Teague, Jerrod Russell, Alex Collins, Erica Goedde

Students will work in teams to design an edible car that will compete in a speed and distance contest. They will also earn prizes for creative car design, best team name, log and teamwork. They will utilize skills such as questioning, researching, problem solving and cooperative learning while participating in an exciting and fun hands-on activity. The Edible Car Challenge will provide an authentic STEM learning experience that promotes engineering and is scheduled for Doerre’s first ever STEM day on January 14, 2015.


Zwink: “It Makes Perfect Sense”
Award: $3,400 Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union
Mary Jane Jones, Nubia Bencomo

The goal of “It Makes Perfect Sense” is to use the natural curiosity of children to increase learning through sensory experiences with materials. “Sensory tables” where children can sort groups and classify objects, predict whether materials will sink or float, write in shaving cream or sand, compare earth materials using water, sieves and hand lenses, and identify shapes using touch. These sensory activities will take place in classrooms, collaborative areas, the courtyard, science lab and the garden. A family exploration night will invite parents to participate with their children in hands-on experiences with tables, balls, beads, letters and numbers, scoops, shapes and sponges.


Klein Oak: “Panther Choice Project”
Award: $24,000 Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Brian Greeney

The addition of multi-cultural, multi-genre, high interest fiction and nonfiction books for in-class libraries and instructional guides and resources will motivate students in English I and II classes to read and write increasingly complex texts. Students will self-select books, participate in project-based learning, investigate and respond to challenging questions and problems, create writing portfolios, and collaborate with peers to create digital class anthologies. At the end of the year, students will have an opportunity to present digitally enhanced, and visually appealing, presentations of written and creative work at the Panther’s Choice Awards Ceremony.

Grace England Early Childhood and PreK Center: “Future Einsteins”
Award: $4,000 Sponsor: Smart Financial Credit Union
Margarita Espinoza, Carmen Wesson, Rachel Heallen, Erin Kundmueller

The Grace England Preschool Center provides services for seven schools in the southern part of the KISD. Many of the youngsters have never visited museums or engaged in science activities before entering school. The Future Einstein’s Lab will provide all students, including bilingual, ESL and special education, with science equipment, including microscopes, slides and aquariums, for “hands-on” science experiences that will enrich their vocabulary, motivate and encourage them to continue to explore science throughout their educational development.


McDougle Elementary: “Social Studies Alive in Second Grade”
Award: $5,000 Sponsor: InvesTex Credit Union
Dawn Kirkland, Tonya Marrs, Holly Grant, Myrna Kohlmeier, Isabel Sugranes, Corinne Fair

The world of second graders will be expanded with hands-on activities, online learning and an interactive notebook that includes “real world experiences and connections.” “Social Studies Alive!” includes a wide variety of resources, constantly updated with newest information for teachers to share with students through teacher-made lesson plans. The online site allows teachers to customize assessments that provide a more accurate picture of student learning and contains videos, presentations and pictures that expand the reach of students through an exploration and study of geography, communities, and citizenship. Campus educational funds, approved by the principal, will also help fund a portion of the program.


Bernshausen Elementary: “Marathon of Life: I Read, I Do, I Run!”
Award: $20,000 Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott
Cassandra Christian

An integrated program of reading, community service and running, this “Lead the Spark” grant has two components for students in third, fourth and fifth grades. The first part involves a 26 week after school Reading Club where students commit to reading 26 books, performing 26 good deeds and running 26.2 miles. The club will meet biweekly to read and discuss books, plan their good deeds and learn about health and fitness. The second part is an After School Marathon that will involve the community, Bernshausen staff and parents. The implementation of the Reading Club and the Marathon for Life will fulfill the campus improvement plan “…to inspire and empower lifelong learners while instilling a desire for high achievement and excellent character.”

Kuehnle Elementary: “One School, One Book”
Award: $5,000 Sponsor: White Oak Energy
Therese Keller-VandenBelt, Jeanne Skidmore, Amy Callison, Paula Spretz, Stephanie Clark

Every campus staff member, every student and every family reading the same book!! A school- wide kick-off will introduce the book, The World According to Humphrey, to all and we will let the discussions begin. From the cafeteria, nurse’s office, PE and beyond, EVERYONE will be reading, talking about and participating in activities about OUR book. We will also experience a webinar conversation with the author, Betty Birney, as well as write letters to her to connect the art of reading and writing. A celebration to mark the end of the program will lead into our promotion of summer reading.


Blackshear Elementary: “V-cubed: Voyaging Via Videoconferencing”
Award: $5,000 Sponsor: Superior Energy Services
Christin Banes, Sarah Sacco, Kelley Moore, Allie Martin, Julie Figueroa

Travel with us as we experience museums, parks and wildlife preserves across the state. Field trips made via videoconferencing will allow our students to make observations, question experts, view artifacts and come to conclusions about curriculum in a new “environment” without leaving the classroom. Students will gain personal experiences not found on the pages of a textbook, or in videos online, because our students will be interacting with the presenter. Through interaction, students see live animals, respond to stimuli, investigate and collect evidence from historical artifacts, predict and solve environmental problems while building content knowledge for non-fiction writing.


Grace England Early Childhood / Pre-K Center: “Guiding Riding – A Pre-K Approach to Learning on Wheels”
Award: $2,000 Sponsor: NW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PC
Ann Dristas, Jaunee Perry

Pre-K students will learn to ride a bicycle while enhancing the structured play component and extending the physical play using fine and gross motor skills. These concrete experiences will provide our students with a means to develop background knowledge they can access as they generate ideas to compose stories. Emergent reading skills will be developed through exposure to environmental print safety signs while measuring, comparing distances, collecting data and graphing will be used to reinforce math and science concepts.


Klein ISD: “All Aboard the STEAM Express”
Award: $105,011 Sponsor: Klein ISD Education Foundation & Campus Kids, LLC

With the help of Larry Drown and other generous donors of the Diamonds & Denim Jubilee, the Klein ISD Education Foundation is able to provide funds to kick‐off the production phase of the first ever Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Express. This will be a custom built trailer (mobile classroom) complete with:

  • Unique activities and experiments for all ages (K-12).
  • Visits to campuses and communities year-round
  • Certified teachers who will share exciting and unique hands-on learning allowing students to travel outside the normal classroom experience
  • Funding to provide a dual wheel truck to pull the 40 foot custom trailer

The STEAM Express is another way for the foundation to provide innovative and creative ways to enrich and expand programs to meet the District’s stated mission of excellence in education.

The Express will be used to bring age appropriate interactive hands‐on activities and experiments to each school (all supplies will be portable). Students will learn like a scientist in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Students will gather data in real time and do field investigations while learning how each subject is utilized in real world application.

Klein Oak High School: “Inspire Kids to Thrive!”
Award: $5,000.00 Sponsor: PBK Architects
Julianne Ash, Crystal Kocian, Angela Wilcox, Bob Duckworth, Michael Wheeler, Pat McClintock, Kathy McDonald

A comprehensive library of research-based lessons (LAP: Leadership, Attitude and Performance) covering topics across fifteen instructional areas within Career and Technology programs for Business, Marketing and Finance clusters will be established. This library will help students complete research-based projects that foster creativity, independence and problem solving skills. It will also help teachers individualize instruction and empower students in a nurturing and supportive learning environment.

Klein Oak High School: “Kinected”
Award: $3,000.00 Sponsor: Graduate Sales/Meca Sportswear
Fayla Curry, Jennifer Schiebel, Rena Urias

A collaborative program will capture and create movement through a combination of dance improvisation, sculpture and photography. Teaching artists from the Museum of Fine Arts will provide workshops that explore movement through the visual arts beginning with basic wire sculpting techniques. Photography students will capture movement on film and produce a photographic display of the entire process from beginning to end. The project will culminate at the annual dance concert and a photographic and sculpture display at the Pearl Fincher Museum.

Klein Oak High School: “Partners in Dance”
Award: $2,000.00 Sponsor: Joiner Partnerships, Inc. – Architects
Fayla Curry, Stacy Hall

Students from the Developmental Department will visit the dance studio on Fridays each week. In a non-judgmental atmosphere, students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities can explore dance movement with their peers. Supplies and “props” such as ribbon wands, hoops, beanbags, beach balls and rhythm sticks will be provided for students to explore movement and exercise and help make dance more accessible to everyone. The Partners in Dance will participate in performances during the “No Place for Hate” carnival and the Spring Dance Concert.

Wunderlich Intermediate: OSCAR: Movies Celebrate Books
Award: $5,000.00 Sponsor: Smart Financial Credit Union
Kristi Cook, Jason Bond, Bradley Noble, Jessica Williams-Berger, Trevor Woolley

Windows 7 Slate PCs will provide the technology to create and produce state-of-the art movie trailers on novels students choose to read during designated times in math and English classes. The interactive digital technology helps students explore non-traditional school interests that have relevance in the current digital environment. The slate PCs, housed in the school library, will also help students understand techniques used in advertising, and visual images, graphics and “sound bytes” that will help them recognize the difference between propaganda and persuasion. This project supports the O.S.C.A.R. Wunderlich Film Festival and will achieve the vision of a campus-wide, project-based reading program.

Zwink Elementary: “Vocabulary: It’s More Than a Word!”
Award: $2,000.00 Sponsor: Campus Kids, LLC
Mary Ann Jones, Amanda Wilson

Our enhanced vocabulary focus will provide opportunities for pre-K students to have a hands-on language-rich environment and will also encourage parents to provide enriched vocabulary exchanges at home as well. Additional resources available will include: alphabet sounds teaching tubs, storytelling kits, story props, “tops and bottoms” kit, a storytelling board, puppet and housekeeping kits. Concrete objects will be provided for early literacy learners to create a miniature world of authentic, dramatic play. “Watchdog Dads” and other volunteers from the community and area high schools will read to, and interact with students as they participate in activities that increase oral language development in emergent readers and writers.

Klein Oak High: Vital Skills, Vital Signs
Award: $4,000 Sponsor: Durotech, Inc.
Recipients: Traci Odom, Sandy Babbitt, Melissa Dawson and Frances Ditta

Vital Skills, Vital Signs will provide state of the art equipment for the health science program for students to learn the foundational health occupation skill of measuring and monitoring vital signs. Students will learn to use new technology, leverage specific vocabulary, and convert between systems of measurement. They will also study curriculum involving temperature, pulse and respiration, prepare for clinical rotations, and engage in practices for competitions at Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) events.


Klein Oak High: Out of Balance
Award: $4,900 Sponsor: Campus Kids LLC
Recipients: Nancy Nichols, Moira Wood, Allan Parent, Scott Williams and Jonathan Siefert

Out of Balance will provide portable digital electronic balances that can be easily used in or out of the laboratory classrooms. This will aid in achieving the goal of increasing the real-world validity of Klein Oak’s laboratory activities in chemistry, physics and biology. These instruments will increase the availability of where an experiment may be conducted, and will also allow an increase in the number of active laboratory investigations that can be conducted simultaneously, especially when laboratory space may not be available.


Wunderlich Intermediate: Our Students Care About Reading (O.S.C.A.R.)
Award: $25,000 Sponsor: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP
Recipients: Brian Greeney, Ed.D. (principal), Jason Bond, Kristi Cook, Bradley Noble, Jessica Williams-Berger and Trevor Woolley

The O.S.C.A.R. initiative will provide high-interest novels, selected by a cross-curriculum team, for every Wunderlich student. Designated time will be provided for students to participate in cooperative learning strategies, literature circles, flexible reading groups, student-teacher conferences and reading response activities. At the end of the year, students will work in teams to create movie trailers that will include clips and images to show empathy of characters, issues or problems to appeal to an audience and enhance the novel. Then, a panel of teachers, students and community members will select the best movie trailers, and winners will be announced at the O.S.C.A.R. Wunderlich Film Festival event attended by students, staff and parents of nominees

Klein Forest High School: “AP Boot Camp”
Award: $5000.00 InvesTex Credit Union
Danae Perez, Donna Tollett, Alison Dawe, Antoinette Hernandez, Twyla Bozeman

The “AP Boot Camp,” funded by this grant, will target students in AP World History, Language & Composition, and Calculus classes. Students, recruited through classroom visits and recommendations from the lead counselor, will attend a 3 day camp before school starts where they will learn study skills, test taking strategies, SAT preparation techniques, and vocabulary important to success in these areas through a variety of instructional activities. In addition, students will also attend “tune-up” sessions during the fall and spring semesters to reinforce mastery of foundational concepts necessary for their success in these challenging classes.


Krahn Elementary: “Write On!”
Award: $2,200.00 Campus Kids
Sherry Fitzgerald, Heather Kolon, Brenda Parker

Research supports the idea that structured handwriting instruction leads to improved writing performance which leads to improved academic success. This grant will purchase the “Handwriting Without Tears” program for pre-K, Kindergarten students, including English Language Learners (ELL) youngsters. They will learn handwriting through an exciting, multi-sensory approach that engages them with music, movement, and manipulatives that strengthen fine motor skills as they learn to write.


Schultz Elementary School: “Shape Up Schultz—Get on Track!”
Award: $25,000—“Lead the Spark” Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott
Sherri Davenport, Yvonne Clark, Page Johnson, Genevieve Forsch, Amanda Gradney, Suzanne Christian, Janna Pasche, Katie Steele

An increase in the use of the current athletic track by the school’s “Jogging Club,” families’ use, after school, along with both drought and heavy rainfalls has caused the track to become unsafe. This grant will help rebuild the track so that students, their families and community members can participate in several activities that promote physical fitness: Warm up Laps, Timed Mile Runs, Eagle Miles, Dream Mile, Cycling and Rollerblading Units. This project will continue the work of the National Association of School Nurse’s Grant and United Health Foundation who have committed funds to this project and its objectives of improved physical health and well-being for students and their families.


Metzler Elementary: “The Easel Way to Write”
Award: $5,000.00 NWN Corporation
Carol Frazier, Lori Westgard, Dionne Burton, Linda Cabbell, Kathleen Bicknell, Amy Poth

This grant will fund a “special place in the room” where students can gather together to become a community of writers—a close-up and personal way to become active participants in the writing process, recommended by author and teacher, Lucy Calkins in her book, Launching the Writing Workshop. Students in the second, third and fourth grades will benefit from sitting around 15 easels and writing pads while their teachers “model” lessons in a daily, small group writing workshops where teachers and youngsters will participate in more productive “modeled” lessons and independent writing activities.


Lemm Elementary: “Looking to Write”
Award: $1,000.00 Office Systems of Texas
Megan Dickerson

Funds for this grant will help fourth grade students participate in the “Looking to Write,” tour program at Museum of Fine Arts at Houston. At the museum, they will discover that both art and writing communicate stories. At the MFAH, they will break into small groups, led by teacher and parent volunteer and “look, think, and share” ideas on an activity guide provided by the museum. They will use these ideas to create original stories to share with their classmates and parents—a process that will help them gain confidence as writers.


Lemm Elementary: “Keeping It Hands On!”
Award: $5000.00 Bay-IBI Group Architects
Mona Mondin, Trisha Averkiades, Kathy Brown, Claudessa English, Kristy Morris

To update the current science lab, this grant will purchase new terrariums, aquariums, wind vanes and rain gauges, current models of the solar system, sound records and “flip” cameras. This new equipment will provide youngsters with a multisensory approach to learning so they develop a relevant vocabulary and build their learning of science skills. Selected teachers who will receive training from Rice University and “Discovery Education,” “Brain Pop” and “Explore Learning” will take students on virtual field trips to experience science “firsthand,” and enrich their understanding and love of science.


Klein Instructional Center: “PASS Around the Social Skills”
Award: $4000.00 Team Klein
Kirsten Allman, Kelle McClay, Kelly Kitchen, Raelynn Trehern

Funds from this grant will purchase social skills kits for Adaptive Behavior and PASS (Positive Approach to Student Success) programs in Klein ISD. Each kit will include picture books, novels and social skills activities. As students “identify” with characters in the stories and participate in “read-alouds,” they will discuss and understand the decision making process for solving problems through appropriate communication instead of inappropriate behaviors. Teachers will also receive training in how to use these resources so that students can remain in the general education setting as much as possible.

Grant Statistics

Grant Trends PDF (2005-2016)

Grant RoundSemesterAmount Awarded# of Grants
12001 - Fall$39,40816
22002 - Spring$36,50714
32002 - Fall$30,1448
42003 - Spring$54,33515
52003 - Fall$50,05513
62004 - Spring$32,20011
72004 - Fall$55,25016
82005 - Spring$40,07011
92005 - Fall$49,90013
102006 - Spring$42,41011
112006 - Fall$50,09313
122007 - Spring$60,31316
132007 - Fall$58,64518
142008 - Spring$58,24615
152008 - Fall$14,7005
162009 - Spring$81,04018
172009 - Fall$71,85019
182010 - Spring$51,58311
192010 - Fall$34,2008
202011 - Spring$33,8018
212011 - Fall$77,30011
222012 - Spring$47,2007
232012 - Fall$33,9003
242013 - Spring$17,0005
252013 - Fall$12,0003
262014 - Spring$29,0003
272014 - Fall$84,0209
282015 - Spring$48,6708
292015 - Fall$73,5059
302016 - Spring$74,5009
312016 - Fall$76,80013
322017 - Spring$71,50010
332017 - Fall$53,2757