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Wentzville School District Foundation Names 2022 Teacher and Building Mini Grant Winners

The Wentzville School District Foundation has announced the winners of the 2022 Teacher and Building Mini Grants. This month, members of the Foundation awarded grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to 13 teachers at five schools, totaling $5,000. 

In addition, the Foundation awarded six teachers with grants totaling $4,500 thanks to a Community Grant from GM to fund Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives in WSD schools. GM has provided $40,000 over the last four years to the WSD Foundation to support STEM initiatives in the Wentzville School District.

This year, the WSD Foundation raised funds through its Top Golf event held in March for the Mini Grant Program and the Foundation has awarded more than $122,500 to District teachers since 2004. The selection committee, which is composed of Wentzville School District Foundation Board members, utilizes the grants to reward educators for their resourceful and innovative ideas and strategies that benefit the education of District students. 

2022 Mini Grant winners: 

STEM Grants 

  • Christine Poulter Simple Machines, Duello ($1,000) 
  • Justin Wilmes Make it Move, North Point High School ($500)
  • Narelle Deatherage Ratchet Rocker Robotics, Liberty High School ($500) 
  • Nicole Gaffney Little Science Books for Helpers, Duello ($500) 
  • Samantha Hardesty Knoll Student Film Festival, Berry-Place Center ($1,000) 
  • Kristen Tinsley Digital Recording Studio, North Point Middle ($1,000) 

Building Grant Winners ($1,000)

  • Meaghan Sachs Flexible Speed Conveyor Belt, Liberty High School
  • Connie Litzsinger Student Supply Shoppe, Holt High School
  • Jennifer Werner, Monica Beussink, Kelsey Heflin, Lauren O'Brien, Caroline Scharenberg School of Wellness/Sense of Belonging, North Point Middle

Teacher Grant Winners ($500)

  • Jessica Chitwood Adaptive Equipment, REACH Adaptive Learning Center
  • Michelle McKinley and Jennifer Lowder Building Confidence with Decodables, Stone Creek
  • Nicole McFadden FACs, Liberty High School 
  • Sara Rowe and Lenelle Gilpin Constructing Creative Thinkers, North Point Middle

The Wentzville School District Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to develop community support for public education and for the students and teachers of the Wentzville School District. The Foundation was established in 2001 on the belief that education is critical to society, that teachers have the power to be catalysts for student success, and that our community can be an agent for positive change. For more information about the WSD Foundation or to make a donation, please visit the District website.