Program enhancement funds have been made available to the Moorhead schools since 1995. These funds provide materials not available from budget or other sources.
District staff are encouraged to apply for these grants. Ideas and knowledge gained from using grant materials are shared throughout the district. Grant applications are due Oct. 15 and Feb. 15 of each school year.
The fall 2012 grants were awarded to a Horizon Middle School language arts teacher for a visiting author and to a Horizon seventh-grade teacher for supplements to the new social studies curriculum.
The grants in spring 2012 went to Horizon Middle School 6A teachers for a service-learning project and to a Moorhead High School learner support services teacher to fund a project for the Moorhead High School service-learning class.
In fall 2011, grants were awarded to the Moorhead High School occupational therapy program for curriculum for students with sensory and motor needs; to the DCD program at Moorhead High for a transition and home living project; and to a fourth-grade team at Ellen Hopkins Elementary for novel sets to enhance science units.
In February 2011, grants were awarded to a Spanish teacher at Moorhead High School for materials for language learning, to an Advanced Placement psychology teacher at Moorhead High School for computer software for experiments, and to two Early Intervention Services teachers at Probstfield Center for Education for speech literacy tote bags.
In October 2010, grants were given to an art teacher at Ellen Hopkins Elementary and to teachers at Horizon Middle School for an alternate enrichment activity and a common novel experience for seventh grade.
In 2009-10, no grant applications were received. Grant funds were held over.
In 2008-09, grants were given for a leisure reading program at Moorhead High School, a visiting author at Horizon Middle School, and History Alive units for Horizon eighth grade.
In 2007-08, grants were awarded for math applications at Moorhead High School, classroom books for social studies, a walking and listening club for Reinertsen fifth grade, and a Functional Life Skills program at Moorhead High School.
In 2006-07, grants were given for Sensory Integration in the eighth-grade history classroom, three units of eighth-grade history, a bridge project for Moorhead High School geometry, and math communicators for use in multiple classrooms.
Three grants were awarded in 2005-06. The foundation provided funding for a jazz clinic at Moorhead High School, a keyboard for use at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, and for three units of eighth-grade history at Horizon Middle School.
In 2003-04, three mini-grants were awarded. Money was provided for the Moorhead Junior High theater students' semester-long study on the theme of "home." The students produced, directed and performed a community-wide performance as well as provided service at a local shelter and led a dialogue about the issues of homelessness. Funds were also provided to the Partners in Learning program to purchase children's books to use in the classroom and on home visits with Partners in Learning families and to be used toward registration for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts conference for a Moorhead High theater director.
Three education enhancement projects were funded in 2002-03. The foundation provided money to purchase pedometers for Edison Elementary and Probstfield Elementary physical education classes, a "Type-to-Learn" computer program for the ESL program, and a composer in residence program for the Robert Asp orchestra.
Mini-grants in 2001-02 were provided for an automatic external defibrillator, a science probe package, a math independent study hands-on approach program, and human rights resource enhancements at Moorhead High School.
In 2000-01, money was provided for a collection of guided reading materials in Spanish for grades K-3, a social studies program with information on the Roaring '20s and Great Depression for special services, a traveling flatbed scanner to use with iBooks and Graduation Standards projects, enhancements to the regular uniform handwriting program to improve fine motor skills, and equipment to complete a multimedia station in a fifth-grade classroom to use with Graduation Standard projects.