The Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools (FDPS) and IntegrUS Credit Union have announced the 2016 recipients of the newly launched Tribute to Teachers grant program. On May 3, National Teacher Appreciation Day, approximately $3,000 in classroom grants were awarded to public school teachers throughout the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD). On May 5, an additional $100 classroom grant was awarded to the Dubuque Education Association’s “Teacher of the Year,” Louis Fischer. The gifts will provide much needed funding for supplies, equipment, and innovative educational experiences.
DCSD Teachers were invited to submit grant applications between February 15 and March 15. The applications were reviewed by a panel of FDPS Board members and community volunteers. IntegrUS Credit Union generously sponsored the program by donating $2,500 in grant funds and promotional support. The remaining $500 in grant funds were provided by individual foundation donors.
FDPS Tribute to Teachers grants were awarded at the following schools to the specified classroom teachers: Jefferson Junior High, Sara Jones – “Scholastic Magazines” – reading intervention magazines for grades 6-8; Marshall Elementary, Sara Runde – “First Grade iPod” – for use in reading, math, and technology applications; Marshall Elementary, Kelly Neumann – “IDO – ipad, Differentiated, Outcomes” – for computer lab/library and multiple grades; Eisenhower Elementary, T. Northouse – “Enriching Learning through Field Work” – science/history trip to lead mine museum; Bryant Elementary, Jen Martel – “High Interest – Low Vocabulary Level Reading Books” – for grade level reading intervention; Hempstead High School, Donald Pirkle – “Structured Learning Vocational Tasks” – equipment to teach vocational skills; and Alta Vista Campus, Jessica Steve – “If Only You Believed In Miracles,” book purchase for language arts and science coursework.