Past Recipients

  • On November 3rd, the TPS Foundation "Grant Patrol" made its rounds, presenting big checks to grant awardees. The following grants were awarded during the 2016-2017 school year, 38 grants were funded, totaling $31,672.98.

    Tidwell Educational Grant Recipients 2016-2017

    Summer Music Program

    The summer music program provides an opportunity for participation in band, strings, and choir beyond the traditional school year.  The program will be held at Topeka West High School from June 5-June 30, 2017 in the mornings.  The program provides music instruction during the summer to enhance skills of band students in grades 5-8, string students who have completed grades 5-10 and choir for students in grades 4-8 based on music teacher recommendation. $6,069.53

    An Audience for Every Student

    This project will use a digital art screen in a high traffic area of the school to provide "an audience for every student".    All of my students will have work that they are proud of displayed on the screen during the year, which will encourage them in their efforts while allowing an audience of students, staff, and parents to appreciate their work as well.  The display will include works made digitally as well as images created in traditional mediums. $412.28

    Differentiated Raz Kids Computer Station

    Meadows' second grade students have continued a Raz Kids grant from last year.  It began at second semester of last year.  Our students have really benefited from this differentiated reading computer program and it has quiz feedback for each teacher to use to determine comprehension of their students.  We would love to continue this program for two more years. $632.00

    Robotic Exploration

    We would like to start a basic robotics program at Meadows Elementary to introduce the students in grades 3-5 to the process and thinking involved in the aspect of this engineering concept.  Students will learn and practice the six principles of scientific thinking as they build different robots and perform tasks.  This program includes a step-by-step curriculum to help guide teachers through their instruction. $962.50

    Blended Learning Stations

    Chase Middle School would like to pilot the Blended Learning Concept.  This concept consists of providing teachers the ability to differentiate instruction in small groups.  Also, the learning stations could be used for multiple reasons;  interventions for SPED students, small group instruction, distance learning, or flipped classroom projects. $1,500.00

    Breakout Edu Kits-Jardine School Set

    Jardine staff will have the opportunity to check out breakout kits as a way to create an active learning environment which will promote problem solving skills, critical thinking, and teamwork.  Teachers will be able to use pre-made games or create their own based directly on their content.  While students work through problems to "break out" they will demonstrate many steps of Webb's Depth of Knowledge, Math practices, and Science practices throughout the game.  Students will work through knowledge based questions to practice skills and concepts.  They will need to think strategically to solve the puzzles to be able to unlock the kit.  Each kit includes a breakout box, 5-6 different kinds of locks, a smaller box, black light, and an invisible ink pen. $972.00

    Focus Shmokus

    This project aims to provide an avenue to teach kids how to focus their attention.  By bouncing Bal a Vis X balls or throwing their bean bags in a rhythm and with precise timing, students learn to focus attention and track their eyes better.  These daily practice opportunities then improve overall reading proficiency and academic achievement because they are able to focus more in class and track left to right with more accuracy. $437.00

    Instrumental Music Scholarship

    The Topeka Public Schools Music Library maintains an instrument pool that provides musical instruments to students at a law yearly cost.  The pool remains self-sustaining due to the collection of the rental fees.  This scholarship program would allow us to provide instruments, free of charge, to 100 students who would otherwise be unable to participate in band or strings at their school.  Some families cannot afford the $25.00 rental fee. $2,500.00

    TW Players Traveling Children's Show

    The TW Players will read multiple children's theatre shows and select one that they feel will educate and entertain their elementary school neighbors.  The high school students will then design, rehearse, and create the show under my guidance which will be then performed in a final dress rehearsal at Topeka West for family and siblings before touring to Topeka Public Schools' Elementary Schools who accept the invitation for performances in December and January. $500.00

    Gel Electrophoresis

    Running gel electrophoresis is a lab that is usually done during the unit on genetics.  At Capital City, we do not have the materials to perform this type of lab. These materials will give students an opportunity to do inquiry based labs. $488.57

    Pottery and Ceramics

    When Capital City moves over to the Boisen Building, we will have an opportunity to give students more choices in academic content when it comes to art.  The new art room is set up to house a kiln, which CCS has not had previously.  A kiln has been generously donated by a staff member at CCS along with much of the materials to get the kiln operating, I am writing this grant in hopes of getting help purchasing materials to use with the kiln. $500.00

    One Book, One Author, One Grade

    Grade level teachers will read aloud a book written by a specific author.  After reading the book, the students will participate in an author's visit either in person or via skype.  As part of the author's visit, I would like ALL grade level participants to receive a free copy of the book. $856.90

    STEAMing in 3rd Grade

    This project is entitled STEAMing in 3rd Grade.  The mission is for students to increase their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, art and math by using hands-on, engaging activities while becoming skilled using the robot ball called "sphero".  Play is a powerful tool and by fusing technology with robotics, it will be inspiring tomorrow's inventors and innovators.  The Sphero is a powerful teacher and will give students a fun crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in math, computer science and engineering. $500.00

    Chinese Calligraphy

    To practice the Chinese art of Calligraphy in order to achieve a better understanding of Chinese culture and Language as well as helping students writing in Chinese. $400.00

    Topeka High School Clothing Closet

    Topeka High School - One Stop Clothing Closet.  A student ran Clothing Closet that will assist students with opportunities to develop skills for the workplace, personal development and provide clothing/items to be utilized by students within Topeka High School as deemed fit.  Staff will participate and monitor activities within the project. $939.58

    ED Drone Home

    This project will include the purchase of a quality drone, train and educate teachers about the multiple classroom uses, and educate students how to use drone technology. $1,021.95

    The Heart of a Writer

    After studying and talking with regional and national authors, students will keep a writer's journal for at least 18 weeks and produce 4 projects based off their writer's journals. $486.55

    Music Classroom Instruments

    I intend to use the funds granted to purchase music instruments for my General Music Program at McEachron Elementary.  With these instruments, I will teach musical concepts that will provide learning that crosses over into core subjects such as math and reading. $490.34

    Heritage Education Program

    The Shawnee County Historical Society seeks a partnership with the Topeka Public Schools Foundation to underwrite the cost of the society's Heritage Education Program in order that the society not charge individual admissions for Topeka Public School students.  The cost of the program would provide for unlimited access by USD 501 classrooms.  These programs are constructed around school field trips to the Historic John and Mary Ritchie House and the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center. $2,000.00

    Strings to the Symphony

    Topeka West String students are traveling to St. Louis, MO to participate in a workshop with a  eminent conductor and to attend a concert of the St. Louis Symphony.  Grant money would be used to assist in the cost of attending the Symphony concert. $500.00

    Music Appreciation

    As a music teacher, I am passionate about providing the highest quality music education.  My goal is to nurture the talent and creativity found in students of every age, background and level of ability.  My project in applying for the grant is to teach my students how to play the Ukulele and I need to provide the instruments for my music classes.  I believe that every student has an innate musical talent and it is my task as a music teacher to help that child develop that talent.  Learning a new instrument should be fun and exciting for the students. $361.00

    Outdoor Environmental Education Overnights!

    Overnight camping trips are planned for 5th Grade students at Camp Qu-To at Lake Perry, our District facility.  Ten (10) tents are needed. $980.00

    Zooz Ross

    I would like the Topeka Zoo to present to the preschool programs at Ross.  I would also like to purchase some non-fiction books to read to the class to supplement their visit. $395.16

    Refresh and IMPROVE:  Whole Class literature Sets

    We will purchase 28 copies of selected children's classics in English and 5 copies of the same title in Spanish.  These will be combined in literature sets designed for use by an entire class.  Each set will include 28 English language books and 5 Spanish language books.  We will check them out to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers who wish to use them to expand their students' reading experience. $1,462.69

    Let the STEAM Roll

    Students will use these materials to become scientists, experts in technology, engineers, and mathematicians.  They will code Spheros to go through mazes and bridges that they create.  Students will team and apply math practices and scientific knowledge as they are manipulating these materials.  Through the use of these materials, students will engage in STEAM activities while enjoying a new, fun way to learn. $500.00

    Manufacturing - Community Project

    Students will produce a product in simulation of a manufacturing/business environment.  They will work in a manufacturing assembly line to produce a Tooth Fairy Pillow/Door Hanger.  The class will then donate their finished product to the kindergarten students at State Street Elementary School. $498.74

    Classroom Grant

    I would like to purchase 10 Kindles so that we can have a wider variety of books and provide them for a cheaper amount. $489.69

    LEGO Mindstorms - EV3

    Through the process of critical thinking, making mistakes and a dash of fun, students will create simple machines that are brought to life using a non-traditional foreign language.  Simply put, the students will be using a universal medium, Lego's, to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into their learning.  By doing so, the students will master a simple computer programming language that could open a door of opportunity into their 21st century skill set. $382.01

    Increasing Reading Opportunities at School and Home

    The purpose of this project is to provide families with leveled reading texts to increase the opportunities for students to practice familiar books they used in the listening station, puppet station and at the guided reading table by using the online resource Kids A to Z and Science A to Z.  By giving them access to leveled readers at home (in print) the students can have one more opportunity to practice reading a familiar book at their level without needing access to the internet.  I also plan to implement leveled reading texts during science instruction to help integrate language arts and science. $200.00

    3D Printing for 21st Century Learning

    This project aims to provide opportunities for students to develop 21st Century Learning Skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity).  Students at Robinson Middle School would be provided a creative resource which would otherwise be unavailable to them.  The use of 3D printing in the school would promote school-wide collaboration and the use of higher-order thinking skills across the curriculum. $998.00

    Painting the Room French

    HPHS French 2 students will do an immersive mini-unit studying the people and places that make up the French-Speaking Community.  Using that knowledge, we will then choose scenes, monuments, and characters to turn the classroom and hall directly outside it into a Francophone muse. $337.49

    "Ravens Writing Retreat"

    To implement and maintain a weekly student, staff and family writing project to increase student engagement in writing. $800.00

    Home Base:  A Wellness Room

    Home Base will provide a calm, separate setting for both General and Special Ed students.  It will be supervised by a staff member during each hour of the school day.  The target population to be served includes our emotionally fragile students, those who have experienced trauma, who have trouble maintaining focus for either the entire school day or class period including students with specific breaks built into their day as well and students with stress-passes. $1,000.00

    Fostering Cultural Competence and Literacy Through Music

    Research proves that excelled musical skills positively affect academics, specifically reading.  With reading a top district priority, our students will increase music and reading literacy through performance with purchased ukulele's.  Performances include school music programs, a performance in conjunction with Highland Park High, and end of the year cultural arts celebration involving parents and the community, a talent show in May, and an end of the year tour to area schools and/or nursing homes. $600.00

    Science Olympiad Start Up Request

    The project is to purchase supplies and study materials for th eScience Olympiad team that is beginning at Highland Park High School. $500.00