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The 2018-19 school year grant cycle is over.
Grants were awarded to the following teachers:

The Gorilla Fireworks $1000 Grant was awarded to Lance Swick, PE teacher at Houston Middle School for the restoration and upgrade of equipment with the purchase of new volleyballs, basketballs and playground balls.

The Mat-Su Schools Foundation Grants were awarded to four district teachers. Congratulations to:

Cheryl Williams, science teacher at Palmer High School, was awarded $1000 for her "Things are Looking Up - Drone Powered Data Collection" project. Cheryl said that drones can do more than deliver your pizza or spy on your neighbors! Having a top notch drone will allow students to investigate river bank erosion, document seasonal changes, study air, water and soil pollution sources, map the invasion of non-native plants, estimate migratory bird populations and many more student designed and led investigations. Drone technology is now a powerful tool in data collection. Biology and environmental science students will use the drone to investigate and collect data for projects that they design. Partners include the University of Montana (Clean Air and Healthy Homes Project) and GLOBE. All "drone driven" projects assist our STEM focused curriculum at PHS. The drone will be available for students to use without additional costs for multiple school years.

Rebecca Menzia, Elementary Music Specialist at Snowshoe Elementary School, was awarded $837.55 for her Trailblazer Melodica Program. The melodica was originally invented in Germany for the purpose of teaching children music. It is a small, durable, hand held wind instrument with piano keys. The instrument is played by simply blowing into the mouthpiece and pressing the keys, and has an instantly gratifying sound. Rebecca's plan is to purchase a class set of melodicas to incorporate into Snowshoe's music education curriculum. These instruments will last for many years and the mouthpieces are easy to remove and disinfect.

Constance Service teaches at Big Lake Elementary School and was awarded $1000 to help her students experience Alaska. The fourth-grade classes at Big Lake Elementary are planning an overnight field trip to Seward. The trip includes a hike to Ressurection Bay to see Alaskan landforms first hand. Students will then spend the night in the Sea Life Center and participate in two classes which cover Marine Mammal Adaptations and Cephlapods. The following day students visit the Alaska Native Heritage Museum to see authentic housing of the native cultures. The trip reinforces their science and Alaska studies curriculum.

Emily Spears, art teacher at Academy Charter, was awarded $1000 for carving tools, print surface, rollers, and matte boards for her "Printmaking for Community Development" program. K-12th grade students learned about the history and famous artists of historical and modern print-making. They created prints while journeying through the process individually of plan, draw, carve, ink, print, hang. Students work influenced them individually as well as their larger community through art show and hangings in the community. Students learned the tactile therapeutic art of printmaking with the intention of sharing the art with the community. Some of their prints are hanging in the MSBSD Adm building.