2023-2024 Grant Recipients

The Austin Public Education Foundation is please to announce the education grants awarded for the 2023-2024 school year.

Community Learning Center
Sheri MitchellBook Buddies$872.23
Suzanne RymerPACT (Parents and Child Together) Packs$1,400.00
Heather Ruzek, Lori Coughlin, & Amy Goette**Buddy Bins Rolling Carts$4,148.69
Woodson Kindergarten Center
Andrea LarsonVestibular Movement Tools$1,314.00
Andrea Larson & Jason DenzerGreenhouse Material$909.32
Kristen Becker**PE Equipment$1,667.40
Josh McRae**Headphones$2,052.20
Banfield Elementary
Jamie ZielkeCritical Thinking Games$382.90
Mandy LeopoldVisual Aid Materials$500.00
Nicole EdwardsFlexible Learning Tools$488.20
Nicole Edwards1st Grade Non-Fiction Emergent Reading Support$199.47
Jer Osgood3D Pens$675.00
Jer Osgood1st Grade Headphones$1,225.00
Jessica Thoma1st Grade Non-Fiction Emergent Reading Support$199.80
Mallory HarberReading and Writing Support Resources$1,008.46
Neveln Elementary
Maria Mickelson, Janene Lunning, &
Brenda Hackensmith
Early Reading Resources$535.23
Adam Treinen**Cross-Curricular Physical Education Tools$1,573.82
Sumner Elementary
Jessica BrandtDecodable Books$2,000.00
Nikky Tolde & Cheryl Muhlbauer LegriegLibrary Books$975.00
Nikky ToldeHula Hoops, Rhythm Sticks, & Bell Sets$489.58
Southgate Elementary
Marianne DavidsonMulti-Lingual Language Learners STEAM books$1,000.00
Erin SchoenLogic Skills Games$434.86
Julie Kakes & Chelsea WhiteSensory Mats$599.95
Abbie HoyleFlexible Seating Saddle Stools$423.23
Jer OsgoodRubik’s Cubes$200.00
Christy HalseyDecodable Readers$1,570.00
IJ Holton Intermediate
Alison WitiakMaude Hart Lovelace Books to Encourage Reading$850.00
Alexis StallkampToobaloos – Whisper Phones$450.00
Leah MotlInstrument Cases$1,000.00
Andrea McKichanSocial Emotional Learning Tools$554.64
Kristen WilkerWriting Library$1,435.20
6th Grade Language Arts TeamFree Verse Novels$618.30
Jennifer ComptonSpeech Therapy Materials$863.98
Chris Gogolewski, Rachel Stange, & Ryan Weichmann**Project Lead the Way 3D Printers$6,469.26
Sarah Schultz**Art Supplies$2980.53
Ellis Middle School
Kirstin Norby & Lea OelfkePacker Profile Preparedness – Career Exploration$380.00
Anna Meyer & Rod Pesch**Large Gymnasium Sound System$6000.00
Austin High School
Jackie ThompsonLight Diffuser Covers – Sensory Tools$53.68
Jacob Nelson & Suzy HebrinkCPR Infant and Adult Manikins$1,802.95
Zach SmithConstruction Tools$1,954.00
Jenna JorgensenFACS Food Science Materials$1,600.00
Rhonda AlbertsSpanish Classroom Library$691.06
Yenny Ahumada-QuimbaySpanish Classroom Library – heritage and non-heritage readers$750.00
Colleen OwensSpanish Classroom Library$750.00
Lisa Rueckert, Tisha Pischke, & Nancy JonesMicroscopes$2,050.00
Tony EinertsonCalculators$1,912.00
Bobbie StoneScience Kits$1,694.95
Austin Online Academy
Megan NelsonAOA Learning Lab$5159.09
Erin Dilley-Jones**ADOS 2 – Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule$2854.50
Athletics & Activities
Boy’s GolfMatt RasoGolf Bags & Range Finders$1,950.00
Boy’s SoccerRyan MayersPortable Bluetooth Speaker$699.00
Girl’s SwimmingAlexa Dolan PetersonTech Suits$2,600.00
Track & FieldNancy Jones &
Gabe Nelson
High Jump Landing Pit$4,000.00
Ellis FootballJustin Heskett**Helmets, Shoulder Pads, Watering Station, & Jugs Machine$9,689.84
AHS Weight RoomJacy Bodi**Weight Room Resources$4,862.03
AHS DramaKim Potter**Drama Reset – Storage, Lighting, and Microphones$5,448.99

Total Grant Awards for the 2023-2024 School Year: $96,113.84

**Grants with asterisks are funded through grant dollars received from the Hirsch Family Foundation.


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