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$460,000 in Classroom Grant Funding Awarded for 2022/23 School Year

2022/2023 Classroom Grants at a Glance:

  • PCEF’s Board increased Classroom Grant funding to $460,000 in 2022!
  • 45 Grants were awarded.
  • Without PCEF donor support, programs like Debate, Robotics, Latinos in Action, the Elementary PACE program, and more, would not be robust, award-winning programs - or even exist at all.  

HUGE NEWS from PCEF: Park City Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees has increased the amount of funding available for Classroom Grants: $460,000 was made available to award to educators (an increase from $350,000)!

It’s all thanks to PCEF donors this funding is available and ready to be dispatched directly into Park City’s classrooms. The money supports more than 100 programs and positively impacts every single student in our school district. 

Classroom Grants, PCEF’s longest-running program (formerly Teacher Grants), launched PCEF into existence in 1986, with a single STEM-focused grant for $2,000. Funding for the program; which brings teachers’ innovative ideas, concepts, or practices to life; has increased ever since.

In the fall of 2022, educators will begin the school year with nearly $460,000 in Classroom Grant project funding! 

“This year, there was a 161% increase in Classroom Grant applications,” said Kara Cody, Director of Programs for PCEF. “That’s the biggest jump we’ve ever seen. There were so many great ideas coming in and the need was so great that the Board knew it had to approve more funding. Thanks to that, PCEF was able to fund more grants than ever before. It’s just an astounding increase and will positively impact so many Park City students.”

These grants are awarded in a participatory process: the Classroom Grants Committee was comprised of 12 people this year, including five educators and three students. The process was adjusted in 2021/22 to become more participatory.

This demonstration of  PCEF’s commitment to educator and student voice also allows people with the most expertise and experience on an issue to influence investments. The goal, as ever, is even more impactful, mindful giving.

Committee co-chairs Jodey Fey and Jose Mellin noted there are always commonalities that surface, and this year, the committee took note of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) and  Project-Based/Experiential Learning themes.

PCEF’s Classroom Grant committee looks for: 

  • Innovative programs to address academic gaps or support The Whole Child tenets. 
  • Programs PCEF has previously funded & are successful in meeting needs outlined by educators
  • Previously piloted programs to be expanded to additional classrooms or schools.
  • Programs to address DEI barriers and ensure broad participation and success.

 

For the 2022/2023 school year, 45 Classroom Grants were awarded, with a total value of $458,455 - the highest amount in the history of PCEF. 


2022-2023 Classroom Grants

Jeremy Ranch Elementary School 

  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training 
  • Elementary PACE Program 

McPolin Elementary School 

  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training
  • Elementary PACE (Program for Academic Challenge & Enrichment) 
  • Elementary Writing Workshop → New!
  • Afterschool Writing Workshop → New!
  • Afterschool Reading Program → Donor-Directed!
  • The Mindful Child Project → New!
  • Spanish World Language and Culture Magazine → New!
  • Flexible Seating & Brain Stimulation → New! 
  • RC Race & Engineering Club (check it out in this video) → Expanded!
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training
  • McPolin Leadership Teams → New! 

Parley’s Park Elementary School 

  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 
  • Elementary PACE Program 
  • Spanish Support Software 
  • PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Book Vending Machine → NEW! 
  • PBIS Recognition Program → New! 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training 

Trailside Elementary School

  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 
  • Elementary PACE Program 
  • Coffee Cart & Functional Cooking Lessons 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Training 
  • RC Race & Engineering Club (check it out in this video)
  • Elementary PACE Program 

Ecker Hill Middle School 

  • Latinos in Action → Expanded!
  • Timberwolf Afterschool Association (TASA) → Expanded!
  • Essential Elements 
  • Coffee Cart Program 
  • Leadership Class → Expanded!
  • 7th Grade Rockets → New!
  • Pathways to Success 
  • Keys to Success 
  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 
  • Red Ribbon Week → New! 
  • Spring Into Kindness Week → New!
  • Hope Squad Peer Support Group → Expanded! 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training 
     

Treasure Mountain Jr. High 

  • Mustang Afterschool Academy (MASA)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training 
  • PBIS Interdisciplinary Team Funding → New! 
  • PCHS Robotics Club 
  • PCHS Drama Department: Fall Musical → Expanded & Donor-Directed!
  • Visiting Artist Program
  • Latinos in Action (LIA) 
  • Book of the Month → Expanded! 
  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 

Park City High School

  • Aviation Pathway → New! 
  • Latinos in Action (LIA) Check it out in this video.
  • Student Wellness
  • PCHS Debate → Expanded! Check it out in this video.
  • Photography: Mirrorless Cameras → New! 
  • Music Commission & Composer in Residence → Expanded!
  • PCHS Robotics Club (+TMJH)
  • College Access (+PCLC) → Donor-Directed! 
  • Exploring the Community
  • PCHS Drama Department: Fall Musical → Expanded & Donor-Directed!
  • Electric Vehicle Summer Program → New! 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training 
  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 

Park City Learning Center 

  • Coalition for Safe & Inclusive Schools Training 
  • Park City Transition Program → Expanded!
  • Drop-Out Prevention Program → Donor-Directed!
  • College Access Program → Donor-Directed! 
  • Childcare for Adult GED/ESL Programs → New! 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB) Leadership Training 

 

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!

Your Impact This Year

  • Students Reached

    5000

  • Invested in Our Schools

    1,500,000

  • Parent Participation 2020/21

    45%

  • Programs Funded

    100

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