Local foundation gives teacher grants to keep children’s minds growing

The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County held their annual Seeds for Excellence grant reception Wednesday. (WLFI Photo)
The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County held their annual Seeds for Excellence grant reception Wednesday. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Local teachers came together Wednesday to encourage each other in helping students grow.

The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County held its annual Seeds for Excellence grant reception. Its mission is to promote excellence in education and encourage classroom innovation in academic and artistic subjects.

In all, the event presented nine grants totaling more than $15,000 for specific projects in the classroom.

First grade teacher at Burnett Creek Elementary and grant recipient Kelly Schetzsle said, “I think we’re really excited to be award recipients. And we’re really happy that our kids are going to have these hands-on experiences, and be able to learn through different modalities, and have a different experience that they might not have otherwise had.”

Kelly Stockton is a Burnett Creek Elementary kindergarten teacher and also a grant recipient.

“Just to see a chick egg hatch is super exciting for them,” Stockton said. “They think they come out all fluffy, like they look in two days and they don’t. So we get to learn how the chick develops inside the egg.”

All of the grant recipients at Wednesday’s ceremony include:

  • Katie Luebcke- Burnett Creek Elementary School, Escape from Family Fun Night
  • Stephanie Salmon- Woodland Elementary School, Home and Back Family Literacy Packs
  • Alyce Myers- Jefferson High School, Discovering DNA
  • Lydia Reardon- Wea Ridge Elementary School, To Infinity and Beyond
  • Kelly Schetzsle- Burnett Creek Elementary School, Number “Sense”ory
  • Jocelyn MacLaverty- Hershey Elementary School, Breaking Thinkers and Leaders Out of the Box
  • Kelly Stockton- Burnett Creek Elementary School, Egg…Crack…Quack, Quack, Quack
  • Kathryn Stwalley- Oakland High School, Seeing is Believing: Collecting Data to Debunk Physics Misconceptions
  • Jennifer Ruhl- Mayflower Mill Elementary School, Rekenrek’n Around with Number Sense