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PIE Prize Patrol distributes over $22,600 in awards
PIE Prize Patrol distributes Fall 2019 grants
The Prize Patrol from Partners In Education Foundation, Inc. (PIE) made its tour of El Dorado schools Wednesday, Oct. 23, to distribute this year’s Fall Awards.

Three different types of awards were presented, $8,900 in Grants to Schools, $7,000 in Program Awards, and $6,700 in awards from the Felix Alton Cantrell Jr. Fund.

The bi-annual Grants to Schools awards are initiated by the instructors, librarians, or staff of the schools when they apply for grants using innovative curriculum, creative books, or other items that facilitate a positive classroom experience. A PIE committee reviews and selects the grants to be awarded based on the quality of the requests and the funds available.

• At Skelly Elementary: Jennifer Dillner received an award for Sensory Room Equipment, Taryn O’Brien-Ogg received an award for “Let’s Play.”

• At Blackmore Elementary: Luana Lewis received two grants. “The Smithsonian Visits Us” and “Girls on the Move.”

• Grandview Elementary received seven awards; Jessica Jensen – “It’s Game Day”, James Shum – “Going, Going, Gone Part 2”, Misty Currier received two awards – “Portable Basketball Hoops” & “Caterpillar Climbing Structure”, Tonya Cogan received two awards – “Math Alive” & “Letters Alive Plus”, Sheri Crawford – “Rock Star Guitars.”

• At El Dorado High School: Jenifer Davis – “Pride Points Positive Behavior Resources”, Lora Goehring, Effie Winn & Kelly Ankrom – “Vermicomposting”, Kelly Ankrom – “Earth Care Recycle Paper”, Katie Banks-Todd – “Wildcats on Broadway.”

• El Dorado Middle School received three awards: Deanna Korkki – “Manipulatives in the Math Classroom”, Dawn Rush – “Go! Motions”, Erin Nichols – “Mastering Mindfulness.”

PIE annually awards monies to specific programs or departments as directed by some of the endowed funds. Over $7,000 from nineteen different endowed funds will provide financial support to the industrial arts, libraries, drama, orchestra, English departments, Career & Technical Education, business classes, school nurses, and students in need.

The generosity of Jeanette Rudy continues to benefit our community by using the Felix Alton Cantrell Jr. Fund entrusted to PIE. The Cantrell Committee selected 10 requests totaling $6,700. These grants will provide students with special needs equipment that enhance their ability to learn and prosper. Items provided this year will provide flexible seating, iPads, iPad Minis, specialized software, coding robots, and motor skills trikes.

Partners In Education Foundation is a not for profit foundation established in 1989 to enhance the educational opportunities for the students of USD 490. For more information contact Rod Blackburn, Development Director at rod.blackburn@pie490.org, 316.322.4800.