The Michigan City Area Schools Teacher Innovation Small Grants for Teachers program has funded 13 grants to support innovative classroom projects.
The MCAS Teacher Innovation Fund was established with Unity Foundation of La Porte County in 2011 by former Michigan City Mayor Chuck Oberlie and MCAS Superintendent Barbara Eason-Watkins, EdD. It provides grants of up to $350 to teachers and professionals at Michigan City High School and the La Porte County Career and Technical Education-A.K. Smith Center. In addition, Horizon Bank generously contributed to help grow the fund and Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce supports one grant each year in memory of long-time Horizon Bank employee and A.K. Smith graduate Joe Mellen. Additional funding for the program this year was also provided by the John A. and Dorothy Sieb Carstens Fund and the Tuholski & Oberlie Environment & Arts Fund for Youth.
This year’s awards, totaling $3,744, will empower 29 teachers, reaching 2,359 students with innovative projects during the 2018-19 school year.
- Susan Cleveland, Iconic Imprint II
- Laura Daly, Audio for Inclusion
- Kristen Freitag, Project Preservation and More
- Adam Goebel, Open your eyes with Chemistry
- Gwen Hudson, Science Fiction Prototyping
- Ashley Kohler, Ipads for Innovative Learning
- Zoe Lauricella, Mini Whiteboards for Spanish Learning/Practice
- Alan Layman, Using Graphing Calculators to Get Ahead on Assessments
- Kelly Martin Fargo, Wolves Need the Green
- Kelly O’Donnell& Kamryn Walker, Akela Room
- Rebecca Shaman, Discovering the Secrety of Papyrus
- Alexander Uryga, Benjamin Gillman, Michael Megyese, & Brian Richards, Studying the Civil Rights Movement through the graphic novel “March: Book One”
- Ashley Zahrt, CRISP-cas9 Genetic Engingeering*
*Joe Mellen Award Recipient
To support education initiatives in our community, tax-deductible contributions are welcomed to the Teacher Innovation Fund or any Unity Fund supporting education, which can be found at http://uflc.net/funds/funds-by-interest/education. Online contributions may be made at www.uflc.net, or checks mailed to Unity Foundation, 422 Franklin St, Suite C, Michigan City, IN 46360, with the Fund name in the memo line.
For twenty-six years, Unity Foundation of La Porte County has served donors, nonprofits and local communities. As La Porte County’s community foundation, it manages nearly $33 million in assets, administers more than 325 charitable funds, and has distributed more than $16 million through direct grants and scholarships. The Council on Foundations has deemed Unity Foundation in compliance with all Indiana and national ethical and operating standards for community foundations. Unity Foundation’s mission is to strengthen La Porte County now and forever by building permanent endowments; providing leadership; offering philanthropic vehicles for everyone; and, being a catalyst for social and economic vitality. For more information, please visit www.uflc.net or call 219-879-0327.