Representatives from the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation recently surprised teachers in their classroom with the news that they had received a grant! The Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation awards up to $100,000 to educators each year to fund projects that provide outstanding opportunities for students.

"The grant applications we receive never cease to amaze us," says Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Executive Director John Erickson. "Papillion La Vista Community Schools educators are committed to providing the best opportunities for their students, and we are fortunate to help fund some of their ideas."

Spring 2017 grant recipients, titles, and projects:

  • Nathan Cain, “Community Based Learning – Unified Outdoor Challenge,” to provide Papillion La Vista South special education seniors with an outdoor camping experience that encourages team building, authentic communication, and opportunities for reflection about high school.
  • Jennifer Cieslik, “Keyboards for iPads,” to give Portal Elementary students more opportunities to practice proper typing on real keyboards, preparing them for a world filled with technology.
  • Kristin Delehant and Matt Burke, “Traveling Demo Show – Providing Science for All Students,” for supplies to increase science awareness, knowledge, and interest for elementary and middle school students through specialized demonstrations and activities.
  • Mary Janssen, “Print Fundraising: Creating a School Based Enterprise,” to fund a printing press and start-up materials for a DECA- and business-student run apparel-printing business at Papillion La Vista High School.
  • Tina LaMontagne, “School Library Makerspace,” to purchase tools to help Golden Hills and Patriot Elementary students creatively innovate, collaborate, and problem solve.
  • Laurie Little, “Generation Z Zoomers,” to provide 3rd – 8th grade HAL students opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with critical thinking and hands-on activities.
  • Jennifer Logan, “Increasing Productivity in a 1:1 Classroom,” for the purchase of iPad keyboards and stylus pens to be integrated throughout daily lessons for the improvement of students’ technology skills.
  • Kristen Madler, Peggy Vaslo, and Bobbi Moraski, “Social Stories for All,” to provide books that help teach and enhance social skills for students at Portal Elementary School.
  • Jody Minske and Kristy Feden, “The Reset/Recharge Space: Teaching Self-Regulation to Students Placed at Risk,” to provide tools for G. Stanley Hall students experiencing frustrations and other strong emotions to help find themselves ready for learning.
  • Caitlin Nelson and Dawn Spurck, “Breakout Edu District Kits,” for critical thinking puzzles to create engaging teambuilding activities in the classroom, similar to popular “escape room” activities.
  • Ronda Oaks, “External Keyboards for Digital Training in First Grade,” for external iPad keyboards to introduce and reinforce digital skills in state and strict Multiple Literacy Standards.
  • Garrett O’Dell, “Keyboarding in a 1:1 Classroom,” to support G. Stanley Hall student growth and development in the dynamic, digital world using iPad keyboards to improve typing ability and accuracy.
  • Jennifer Prasch, “School Library Makerspace,” to provide technology tools that create opportunities for Papillion La Vista South students to explore and integrate skills while collaborating with peers.
  • Dawn Spurck, “Building Teacher’s Capacity Using Swivl,” to purchase Swivl cameras for each elementary school, providing valuable classroom observations of teachers in their classrooms.
  • Lindsay Wilson, Monika Peters, and Thomas Wilde, “Making Music Current and Collaborative,” to purchase a large amount of choral music appropriate for middle level voices, enhancing the vocal music libraries at La Vista, Liberty, and Papillion Middle Schools.


The second grant application due date for 2017 is September 29. Learn more about Teacher Grants and download an application!

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