Education grants distributed

DEWITT — The Central DeWitt Community Education Foundation has awarded its 2019 round of grants for teachers within the district and their various initiatives and projects.

This year’s allocations totaled just over $45,000. The foundation’s executive director, Pat Henricksen, said over $600,000 has now been distributed annually to teachers through grants and to students through scholarships in the foundation’s 26 years.

This year’s teacher grant recipients were:

– Eddie Mercado: $6,500 from the Henry Pelham Math & Science Endowment for a 3D printer.

– Carrie Viel: $6,700 from the Anne Volkman Endowment, Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation, and Fred and Doris Gerdes Fine Arts Endowment for an earpiece microphone in the auditorium.

– Tammy McClimon: $1,440 from the Carolyn Hilmers Ruggeberg Endowment and the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation for bikes for the library.

– Jason Lansing: $3,700 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation and Wilma Owen Endowment for a budget challenge simulation.

– Clay Waterbury: $431 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation for calculators and stop watches.

– Katie Moulton: $528 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation and Anne Volkman Endowment for CASTLE Kits to help instruct children about electrical currents.

– Megan Jackson: $388 from the Marbara K. Dull and Max J. Dull Endowment for core word activities.

– Tracey McCulloh, Tori Grantz, Kim Burzlaff and Kyle Schlemme: $4,415 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation, Barbara K. Dull and Max J. Dull Endowment, Helen Jeanne Helble Endowment, and William “Bill” Turnis Endowment for Developing Number Sense.

– Lisa Fox: $299 from the Helen Jeanne Helble Endowment for a document camera for early learning.

– Tera Hahn: $5,319 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation, Carolyn Hilmers Ruggeberg Endowment, Helen Jeanne Helble Endowment, and the Robert M. Parrott Endowment, for an ELP learning environment update.

– Jamie Nielsen: $899 from the Robert M. Parrott Endowment and the Bill and Shirley Homrighausen Journalism Endowment for expanding writing tools.

– Craig Reuter: $2,400 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation and Henry Pelham Math & Science Endowment for field science biomes.

– Terri Smith: $3,682 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation for hummingbird robotic kits.

– Lisa Fox, Tracey McCulloh, Anessa Petersen, Heather Sturtz, Joanie Taylor and Kerri Kuehl from the Helen Jeanne Helble Endowment for indoor stems.

– Katie Burgmeier: $1,000 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation and the Lyndsey Hanas Endowment Fund for sensory room updates and extension items.

– Eddie Mercado: $884 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation for a sound studio.

– Kerri Kuehl: $1,040 from the Helen Jeanne Helble Endowment for STEM centers.

– Grady Gallagher: $600 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation for TVs in the business program rooms.

– Valerie Betz: $3,600 from the Central DeWitt Community Educational Foundation, Central Skills Trade Endowment Fund by DeWitt Bank & Trust, First Central State Bank School to Work Endowment, and the Warren Waack Endowment, for the Visiting Chef Series.