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Teachers apply for mini-grants through a grant proposal distributed each year by the district office. Applications are reviewed each fall by the CEF Mini-Grant Committee. Those awarded mini grants are then able to use those funds toward the cost of materials and items necessary to complete each project and to enhance the classroom experience and upgrade equipment throughout the District.

School Year 2021-2022 Mini-Grants

Spring Winners
March 16, 2022
Laura Schuler, Chillicothe R-II Schools


Ellen Hansen - CES

Several Chillicothe R-II staff members received good news Wednesday morning when Superintendent Dr. Dan Wiebers, Chillicothe Education Foundation President Ed Douglas, and CEF Board member Susan Fair surprised them with certificates naming them winners of the 2021-22 Mini Grant Winners for the second semester. The Chillicothe Education Foundation funds the mini-grant competition each semester in its commitment to supporting excellence in education. This round of mini-grant winners included seven (7) applications which totaled $3,269.53 in winnings. The funds from the grants will be used to enhance the classroom experience and upgrade equipment throughout the District.

Superintendent Wiebers expressed his thanks to the Chillicothe Education Foundation and noted that the competition for these grants is always very competitive, and the latest installment of entries was no exception. He noted that there were 12 applications for mini grants this Spring. "We just have incredible teachers and staff members willing to go the extra mile to make sure our students are thriving in our buildings," Superintendent Wiebers said. He added, "Thanks to the continuing support of the Chillicothe Education Foundation, our staff can utilize new and different technology and teaching strategies to keep students interested, involved and excited about learning new things."

The winners of the 2021-22 Mini Grants for the second semester were:

Erin McMains - CMS - CMS Focus Room: $501.00
Matthan Mrkvicka - CMS/CHS - Performance Recordings: $472.83
Ellen Hansen - CES - Patty Palmer Award Winner - Meeting Students Needs Through Differentiated Instruction: $352.11
Cassie Holcer - CES - Title I: $500.00
Natalie Holcer - Dewey - You Read, We Read, I Read... More! : $498.57
Shelly Falconer - CELC - Building Crucial Skills Through Dramatic Play: $457.02
Nathan Zabka - GRTS - Paramedic Supplies: $488.00

Natalie Holcer - Dewey

Erin McMains - CMS
Matthan Mrkvicka - CMS/CHS
Shelly Falconer - CELC
Cassie Holcer - CES
Nathan Zabka - GRTS

Fall Winners
October 27, 2021

CEF PRIZE PATROL AWARDS $4,418 IN MINI GRANTS TO R-II EDUCATORS
Laura Schuler, Chillicothe R-II Schools

Several Chillicothe R-II staff members received good news this morning when Superintendent Dr. Dan Wiebers, Chillicothe Education Foundation President Ed Douglas, and CEF Board members Lindy Chapman and Susan Fair surprised them with certificates naming them winners of the 2021-22 Mini Grant Winners for the first semester. This round of mini-grant winners included 11 applications which totaled $4,418.28 in winnings. Superintendent Wiebers expressed his thanks to the Chillicothe Education Foundation and noted that the competition for these grants is always very competitive with the latest installment of entries being no exception. He noted that there were 24 applications for mini grants this Fall.

"We just have incredible teachers and staff members willing to go the extra mile to make sure our students are thriving in our buildings," Superintendent Wiebers said. He added, "Thanks to the continuing support of the Chillicothe Education Foundation, our staff can utilize new and different technology and teaching strategies to keep students interested, involved, and excited about learning new things."

The winners of the 2021-22 Mini Grants for the first semester were:

Libby Howe & Ellen Gott - Dewey - Bringing Reading and Writing to Life: $500
Buffy Tipton & Amanda Marsh - CHS - High School Small Group Counseling: $200
Shelby Holcer - CES - Wiggle While We Work: $453.88
Penny Kennebeck - CHS - We Shall Never Forget: $137.69
Brandi Ellis & Mandy Gaston - Field - Tapping the Power of Non-Fiction: $380 (Palmer Award)
Denise Toole, GRTS - GRTS Engineering and Tech Math: $500
Kathy DeBoer - CMS - Ancient History S.T.E.M. Challenges: $449
Ellen Duckworth - CHS - Can You Hear Me Now?: $500
Brooke Wolf - CES - Math Tools for All!: $492.07
Terria Cox & Nancy Burtch - Field/Grand River Technical School - Grand River Tech Tadpoles: $371.64
Lily Pyrtle - CES - Designing & Building with Littles: $434

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