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Kindergarten class benefits from mini-grant

Purchases that Atwood-Hammond kindergarten teacher Krista Hale made using District #305 Education Foundation mini-grant. She purchased 2 cd players, 10 headphones and 30 books with cds.

Each spring the District #305 Education Foundation awards faculty mini-grants to teachers all over the district.

Teachers apply for and the foundation board approves these grants on a case by case basis. Last spring those awards totaled $6,740.

Krista Hale, kindergarten teacher at Atwood-Hammond Grade School, thanked the board and shared how she used her grant money with this note: “Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to bring a new listening center to my classroom. I was able to purchase 2 cd players, 10 headphones and 30 books with cds. Kindergarten is a place of very active learning. I teach the core subjects in a small group setting. While I am teaching in a small group, the remaining students are either in a group with the paraprofessional or in an independent learning center. I already had several independent learning centers in place, but was missing a listening center. I am grateful for being able to purchase the listening center. This new center is able to provide the students a model for fluent reading, help the students decode unfamiliar words, introduce new vocabulary, all while bringing the joy of reading to my class. The kids have really enjoyed this new addition to our classroom!”

The Board of Directors of the Education Foundation is pleased to be able to provide funds for our teachers and students as well as awarding scholarships to graduating seniors each year.

These grants and scholarships are just two of the ways that the Education Foundation provides support to our school district.

More information about the District #305 Education Foundation can be found on the facebook page of the same name or at

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