The Lake Cities Education Foundation prize patrol awarded $23,000 in grants that will enable teachers to use innovative and creative instructional approaches for educating Lake Dallas ISD students.

The grants, awarded Dec. 12, range from $945 to $4,858. Superintendent Gayle Stinson, LCEF Board Member Frank Graham, LCEF Executive Director Karla Landrum and LDISD Technology and Instruction Liaison Robin Ballard as well as administrators from each campus traveled around the district to distribute all the grants.

The largest grant of just over $4,858 went to Juli Bartley at Lake Dallas Middle School. Her project “Swivling Beyond the Classroom” is designed to capture presentations. It can be used to provide instruction for students who are absent. The funds provided will be used to purchase 14 SWIVLs, a robotic mount for an iPad, camera or smartphone. Parents will be able to view uploaded videos to assist them in helping their children with their learning.

Lake Dallas High School teachers Katherine Chalkley and Stephanie Canales, received a little over $2,496 for their “Dude Be Nice” project. The program will bring awareness to the positive environment created by kindness. A week will be set aside annually to focus on “niceness” in the school and community in order to decrease bullying and create safe environments for students and faculty.

Sara Crabtree at Lake Dallas Middle School received just over $2,400 for her literacy stations in the sixth-grade ELA classroom. The funds will help transform language arts classrooms from a traditional learning environment by introducing literacy stations as part of the ELA experience. 

Michelle Richey, Corinth Elementary Technology Integration Specialist, received just over $2,286 for her “STEAMlabC E.” The grant will establish a STEAM lab at Corinth Elementary.  Materials will be purchased that will engage students by integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEM). 

Lake Dallas Elementary School first grade teachers Monica May, Cheryl Montgomery, Diana Richter, Cari Houser and Carmen Medeiros received a little over $2,000 for their project “Learning in Motion.” Teachers plan to use the funds to launch a flexible seating initiative with the objective of providing students with the tools necessary to encourage success. Wobble stools will be used during guided reading, small group work and during whole group activities. 

Cheryl Duke, Lake Dallas Middle School, received roughly $2,000 for outdoor environmental education for science classes. The funds will be used to expand the outdoor classroom environment with a focus on water, water conservation, plant cultivation and wildlife observation and protection.

Other grants include:

Project title: Whole body wellness                                         

Grant amount received: $1885

Grant director: Cala High and Pamela Lisenbe, Corinth Elementary School

Project title: SeeSaw for student portfolios                            

Grant amount received: $1699

Grant director: India Morris, Corinth Elementary School

Project Title: Learn, play, osmo                                            

Grant amount received: $1259

Grant director: Katie Landaverde, Lake Dallas Elementary Technology Integration Specialist

Project title: Project mindfulness                                           

Grant amount received: $975

Grant director: Jaime Goldstein, LSSP, Corinth Elementary School

Project title: Project “Hands On”: Inspiration for a Better Future              

Grant amount received: $945

Grant director: Allison McCowan, Corinth Elementary Science Lab instructor

The LCEF supports Lake Dallas ISD schools with teacher grants and student scholarships each year. Annual fundraisers include a gala in November and a golf tournament in June. 

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