Belton Educational Foundation awards Belton School District with over $29,000 in grant funds

IMG_0153On April 4, the Belton Educational Foundation Board of Trustees surprised teachers in the Belton School District with over $29,000 for 14 innovative grants.

The goal of the Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program is to help educators enhance instruction by providing funding for innovative learning programs. All teachers in the district are given the opportunity to apply for a grant. This year, 39 applications were submitted from across the district for a variety of projects.

“Thanks to the continued support of our generous donors, we are proud to support our educators by funding these innovative learning experiences for the students of the Belton School District,” said Krista Watkins, Executive Director.

Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $330,000 in grant funding to the Belton School District. For full details about the 2017 Teacher Grant winners and programs, visit or call (816)348-1150.

The 2017 Grant Award winners are: 

  • Emily Wills, Kristin Cummings & Jan Hardee, Grace Early Childhood Center – $1806.95
  • Alexandria Jorgensen, Art Teacher, Scott Elementary – $2000
  • Madison Steffen, 3rd Grade, Scott Elementary – $2294
  • Jade Wunder, Miranda Russell and Naotasha Landrum, Gladden Elementary – $1379.99
  • Cathy Cisetti, 3rd Grade, Gladden Elementary – $967.77
  • Ami Henry, 3rd Grade, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2000
  • Lisa Albright and Michele Dooley, 6th Grade, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2250
  • Tanya Appling, Librarian, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $5000
  • Sonya Abdelgawad, Jane Scudder & Betty Rickman, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2500
  • Bethany Kelly, Mike Williamsen & Melanie Ryberg, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2499.25
  • Kristine Spiers, Phys.Ed., Kentucky Trail Elementary – $1732.40
  • Laura Harmon, 4th Grade, Kentucky Trail Elementary – $767.78
  • Kaylin Blankenship, 3rd Grade, Kentucky Trail Elementary – $1987.90
  • Clare Nicholson, Special Education, Belton Middle School/Freshman Center – $2085
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