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Is Change a Good Thing for Classroom Grants?

Fund A Grant. Empower A Teacher.

Parents are first. But after them,  the number one influence on student success is the classroom teacher. PCEF’s longest running program brings teachers’ innovative ideas, concepts, or practices to life, or expands past successful ideas in the classroom or school. 

We’ve been doing this since 1986, and are always looking to improve. The Classroom Grant committee (formerly Teacher Grant committee) has always been a dedicated group of volunteers who have seen the program grow from one $2,000 grant to a program awarding over $250,000 yearly! 

In the past, there weren't many educators or students on PCEF's Classroom Grant committee. This year, PCEF moved to a participatory grant making process.  It’s an evolution of PCEF’s commitment to educator and student voice and is a way to make decisions that allow people with the most expertise and experience on an issue to dictate investments. The goal is even more impactful and mindful giving.

PCEF started the Teacher Voice project in 2016, bringing together a panel of PCSD educators to learn what we could do to better support and fund what was needed by our educators in the classroom and across schools. 

We believe student voice is also critical. We have long showcased students in our events, newsletters and social media. We want to include their voice in our grant awards as well. After all, they are the ones most impacted!

Participatory grant making is a natural next step. This year six educators, two students, and a former PCSD student who is now an educator, were on the Classroom Grant committee. 

Committee co-chairs Jodey Fey and Jose Mellin noted that the conversations regarding the pros and cons of each grant application, while always robust and compelling, gained another layer of input.

PCEF Programs Director Kara Cody commented, “The lens that educators and students bring to the decision-making process is unique and relevant. These are the folks who are in the classroom every day, who will directly benefit from these requests.  Their experience informs the decisions about what is funded, elevating donor gifts to make the most impact.”

PCEF’s Classroom Grant committee looks for:

  • Programs that address academic gaps, support the whole child tenets, and use innovation to address needs. 

  • Programs that PCEF has previously funded and are successful in meeting the needs outlined by the teachers or administrators

  • Programs that have been piloted before and are being brought to another school or classroom.

Thanks to PCEF donors, 25 Classroom Grant requests totaling nearly $300,000 were awarded for the 2021-2022 school year! You may find this year’s Classroom Grants below.

To see all the programs your donations fund across all PCSD schools please click here.

The pandemic has made it crystal clear: our schools and teachers are essential for a successful community. In a state with the lowest public education funding in the country, your support is needed for Classroom Grants and other PCEF programs. We invite you to donate here.

2021 - 2022 Classroom Grants

  • K-12 Computer Science => All Schools

  • After School Program => Ecker Hill Middle School

  • After School Reading Program => McPolin Elementary

  • After School STEM & Science => All Elementary Schools

  • Augmented Reality Books for ALL => Jeremy Ranch Elementary

  • Before School Program McPolin and Parley's Park Elementary Schools

  • Blues in the School => Ecker Hill Middle School

  • Drop Out Prevention: Help Our Students Graduate! Credit Remediation Fee Assistance => Park City Learning CenterElementary Program for Academic Challenge & Enrichment (PACE) => All Elementary Schools

  • Keys to Success => Ecker Hill Middle School

  • Latinos In Action => TMJHTreasure Mountain Junior High

  • Leadership and Latinos in Action => Ecker Hill Middle School

  • Makerspace => Parley's Park

  • Mustang After School Academy (MASA )=> Treasure Mountain Junior High

  • Osmo Platform for ipads => McPolin Elementary

  • PCHS Aerial Filmmaking Licensure Program => Park City High School

  • PCHS College Access Program => Park City High SchoolPCHS Debate => Park City High School

  • PCHS Drama Department => Park City High School

  • PCHS Latinos in Action => Park City High School

  • PCHS Robotics Club => Park City High School

  • Special Ed Transition Program Leisure Activities => Park City Learning Center

  • Student Pathways to Success => Ecker Hill Middle School

  • Tuition Assistance for at-risk, low-income PCSD Preschool Students

  • Visiting Artist Program => Treasure Mountain Junior High

  • Wellness Program => Park City Learning Center

Your Impact This Year

  • Students Reached

    5000

  • Invested in Our Schools

    1,500,000

  • Parent Participation 2020/21

    45%

  • Programs Funded

    100

  • John C Kish Foundation
    John C Kish Foundation
  • Montage Deer Valley
    Montage Deer Valley
  • Park City Community Foundation
    Park City Community Foundation
  • Park City Mountain Resort
    Park City Mountain Resort
  • Vail Epic Promise
    Vail Epic Promise
  • Park City Municipal
    Park City Municipal
  • United Way of SLC
    United Way of SLC
  • Zions Bank
    Zions Bank
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