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MSTF Classroom Grant Winners

Congratulations to Amy Diamond from Jackson R-2 and Emily Lanpher from Cape Girardeau 63 for winning April’s $100 Classroom Grants from the Missouri State Teachers Foundation!

Amy Diamond: “We need a variety of play-doh tools that allow our students to strengthen their fine motor skills.  Fine motor strength is crucial to handwriting and executive functioning skills later in life.   We need tools that encourage students to roll, cut, press, and squeeze.  We have been encountering a significant decline in fine motor strength and skills with incoming students and would like to ensure that we are building a solid foundation for later learning.”

Emily Lanpher: “With this one-hundred dollar grant, I will purchase a new weight measurement machine.  The current one that we use on a daily basis is being held up by tape.  Vital signs and anthropometric measurements are a part of my curriculum.  This money would be used to help conduct my project-based learning activities and would give my students the hands on experience they need.”

Congratulations again, Amy and Emily!

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

Classroom Grant helps MO Teacher purchase new software

Tammy Lane shows how mini-grant helpsThe MSTF Classroom Grants provide funding to assist teachers in positively impacting student success in the classroom. Each month two winners are randomly drawn from submitted applications for a $100 grant!

All current MSTA members are eligible to enter this drawing, and you only need to apply once to be eligible for the entire year.

MSTA Member Tammy Lane shares her excitement after receiving a MSTF Classroom Grant:

“I have purchased a computer program to supplement language skills in my curriculum. Here are my students using the new program, and they love it as much as I do. Thank you so much for choosing me as the winner in December!” 

Paparazzi Accessories helps MSTF pilot a new fundraiser

Paparazzi Accessories provides lead-free and nickel free accessories for $5 per piece. Please consider reaching out to these Paparazzi distributors that fundraised $250 or more for MSTF in our pilot program that is raising donations that will support the Missouri State Teachers Association’s Future Teachers of America and New Professionals programs as well as the rest of MSTF’s funding priorities.

Click here to learn more or to join this group in supporting Missouri educators.

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MSTF Fundraiser at MSTA Leadership Symposium Raises over $1,000

Shown left to right: Maggie Stiegman, Leigh Chapman

The Missouri State Teachers Foundation Board of Directors held a fundraiser at the Missouri State Teachers Association Leadership Symposium on July 18, 2016 at Tan-Tar-a, Lake Ozark. Members attending the Leadership event donated to the Foundation to take a chance on winning over $500 worth of prizes on the board and to learn more about what the Foundation provided in services. The fundraiser generated a lot of buzz in the hall and was fun for those playing! The Board raised over $1,000 for the Foundation, which will help go towards future goals and support current programs. We thank everyone who participated and donated to the Foundation!

MSTF Brings HOPE to Augusta, Elementary

Thanks to the generous support of MSTF’s donors, the Missouri State Teachers Foundation was able to help educators at Augusta Elementary recover from a fire that destroyed their Library earlier that year through the HOPE Initiative. Teachers shared stories of how despite the fire being contained to the Library section of the school, smoke damage affected every part of the building. The HOPE Initiative was designed to help educators replace items they had personally purchased for teaching that were ruined in a disaster. MSTF was able to provide funds to help 13 educators in Augusta.

No one knows when a disaster will strike.  The Missouri State Teachers Foundation depends on generous gifts from donors to make sure we are ready to step in and help teachers recover when a disaster affects their school community.  Please consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to the Missouri State Teachers Foundation and help bring HOPE to a teacher in need.  Click here to donate to MSTF.

MSTF Announces Grant Awardees

MSTF Board of Directors announced the awardees of the grants. Brenna Staats, Mt. Vernon School District, was awarded a $1,000 grant for her project “What I Need (WIN).” Christy Lockard, Sheldon R-VII School District, was also awarded a $1,000 grant for her project “Dave Ramsey Foundations Curriculum.” In April of 2015 the Board also awarded the Kent King Scholarships to S-MSTA members across the state. The scholarship awardees were Sara Meskis (University of Missouri Columbia), Anna Pageler (Evangel), Rhianon Brown (Drury Unversity), and Krista Crockett (College of the Ozarks). Each member will receive a $500 check to use as needed to offset the cost of living during the student teaching semester.

MSTF Supports Prairie Home After Storm Damage

The MSTF Board of Directors issued monies from the HOPE fund to the Prairie Home school district following storm damage to the school. The Board also discussed ideas on how to begin a donor-matching program so that MSTA members can donate items that need to be replaced due to damage. The Board discussed plans on creating an online application of need to make the application and approval of funds easier and faster to distribute.