Dayton Public Schools Foundation announces third round of teacher grants

June 16, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Nerny   (937) 278-4022

     At the June 20th business meeting of the Dayton Board of Education, eight Dayton Public Schools teachers will be presented to the Board and receive grants of up to $500 to make learning more relevant for their students. This third round of grants is awarded by the newly formed DPS Foundation to teachers who create innovative learning experiences that connect students to the district’s curriculum. 
     “The DPS Foundation is happy to announce the recipients of our third round of teacher grants,” Foundation President Nancy Nerny said. “It’s our wish that these hard-working teachers are the first of many to be aided by us with funds given by the community to carry out projects they have designed to uplift the achievement of their students.  We are grateful to the countless employees and community friends of the Dayton Public Schools who made this possible.  We are hopeful that many other businesses and individuals in the community will step up to support the growth of our future citizens through grants from the Dayton Public Schools Foundation.”

The recipients of grants for school year 2017-2018 are as follows:

Tammy Brewer              $500                         Edison PreK-6
Peace Poles in the Garden   With help from many community partners, students will develop empathy with their community while working in food pantries and their community garden, where they will place peace poles.

April Malone        $500             Wogaman Middle School              
Literature Circle Audio and Audiovisual Stations  Lower readers in groups of three will be able to be exposed to texts that they may not read fluently, but can understand when read to them orally in audio stations.

Kate M. Meier              $500                    Dunbar Early College High School
Spherical Geometry to Increase Understanding of Euclid’s Concepts   To increase student understanding of geometrical concepts, students will use these spheres to investigate ideas of point, line, plane and other Euclidian definitions. 

Osir Okumu-Kinywa    $500                             Fairview PreK-6
Tech for All   Many English Learners who have Wi-Fi connections at home will receive used DPS computers, and aid with proper set-up and training by volunteers.  They will then be able to access District resources from home, including our Home Access Center.

Jennifer Patton-Hoang        $500         Kiser PreK-6
Discovering Transfer of Energy through Eco-Columns      Students will create an eco-column with chambers for a land habitat, a leaf litter habitat, and a mini freshwater habitat, writing observations and predictions from them on how pollution in the habitats affects the environment.

Leana Staton        $500            Valerie PreK-6
Lending Library for Gifted Learners    Gifted students will receive books from a classroom lending library beyond the reading levels at the school library.

The following grant applicants will receive grants from partners of DPS Foundation:

Joshita Reza        $500 in supplies    Westwood PreK–6
Interactive Notebooks/Binders   Students will learn note-taking strategies in creating a personal and organized notebook.
Partner:  Crayons to Classrooms

Katie McCoy        $500            Kemp PreK-6
Rockin’ Recorders   Students will learn to read music, hold the instrument, and play simple songs on the recorder.
Partner:  Anonymous donor


The Dayton Public School Foundation is the funding partner with, but separate from, Dayton Public Schools to support its mission and vision. It exists to provide supplemental resources to fund innovative programs, filling gaps while sustaining and expanding successful programs often vulnerable to budget constraints.  Find out more on  Donations can be made online or by mail to The Dayton Foundation, c/o DPS Foundation, 40 N. Main St., Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423.