January 2021 – MSTF Classroom Grant Winners

Congratulations to Julie Scantlin (Raymondville RVIII), Kathy Hann (Jeff Co Region), and Shana Oliver (Green Ridge R8) for winning $100 Classroom Grants from the Missouri State Teachers Foundation, awarded January 2021!

Julie Scantlin: “I would use the grant money to purchase headphones and snacks.  My students need headphones for use with their tablets and I have several students who do not have headphones, so I would like to purchase headphones for my students.  I also have snack time each day and have students who do not bring anything to class.  So I would like to have a stock pile of snacks for the class.  Thanks for the opportunity.”

Kathy Hann: “I am applying for a classroom grant for recorders for students who cannot afford their classroom materials.  Students in third through fifth grades use a musical instrument called a recorder, a pre-band instrument, to learn music note-reading skills.  For health and sanitary reasons, each child must have their own.  Nearly 50 percent of my at-risk school population receives free and/or reduced lunch services; many families cannot afford $5 for a recorder for music classroom supplies.  Additionally, for COVID safety protocols, music performance masks and instrument masks will need to be utilized for each student and instrument, adding to the cost of much needed personal protective equipment and classroom supplies. The gift of a recorder will be used for multiple years during school music class instruction and given to any child who cannot afford one so that they can have the same opportunity to learn.   The classroom grant will help offer students the opportunity to participate and learn music by playing their recorders with their classmates to prepare for secondary music experiences; however, the impact of having equal opportunities for all learners will last a lifetime.”

Shana Oliver: “I would use the $100 to buy flexible seating options for my classroom. Many of my students get very antsy when they have to sit down to do any kind of work. Flexible seating would give them the ability to perform better by giving them options of ways to work and move.”

Congratulations again, Julie, Kathy, and Shana!

You can apply here for next month’s Missouri State Teachers Foundation Classroom Grant!