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Legacy Foundation awards $5,000 in impact grants to Moorhead teachers this fall

November 1, 2018

The Moorhead Schools Legacy Foundation awarded its second round of Spud Student Impact Grants in October 2018 to teachers in Moorhead Area Public Schools. The $5,000 in grants will fund several hands-on, innovative opportunities and impact student learning during the 2018-19 school year.

Stephanie Holm at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School received funding to purchase an innovative, research-based curriculum to teach language and reading skills to students with moderate to significant intellectual disabilities.

The Moorhead High School AVID program received funds to support book studies. The funding will purchase class sets of books with themes of overcoming obstacles and preparing for college for grade 10 and grade 12 AVID classes.

Ellen Hopkins Elementary School received funds to purchase weighted blankets for two Spanish Immersion classrooms. A grade 1 classroom and a grade 3 classroom each will receive six weighted blankets for use during small group, literacy choice, and math time. Providing students with the option of using a weighted lap pad gives students a sensory tool to help them regulate and stay focused, increasing their time on task.

The Moorhead High School Art Club received grant funds to purchase supplies and tools to implement a thriving art club. Meetings will include art instruction using diverse media and techniques, career talks with local professionals, and collaborative art projects with the community and other departments.

Katie Russell, resource strategist at Robert Asp Elementary School, received funding to support building 3D structures with 3D pens. Students will learn about two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects while using 3D pens to create 3D models and structures.

To promote coding, Horizon Middle School East Campus will host a robot racing night where students race Ollie robots on a racing circuit. Duane Arnold, resource strategist at Horizon East, received grant funds to purchase Ollie robots. The racing night will provide students with a fun, low-key environment to encourage their interest in coding, robotics, and other STEM fields.

Kirsten Johnson at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School received funding for a motion track. Decals that require hopping, jumping, side-stepping, and other actions will be placed in patterns in hallways and locker bays for students to use for movement breaks. Research shows that students’ brains are more ready for learning following activity.

Two grant applications received by the Legacy Foundation were awarded partial funding.

Moorhead High School received funding for the Advanced Placement History Field Trip to be used for scholarships for students in need.

Ellen Hopkins Elementary School received funding toward the creation of a structured obstacle course for students needing a movement break. Students would work through an established course. Research shows the connection between movement and learning enhances cognitive processing and decreases emotional dysregulation.

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