The Council Bluffs Schools Foundation mission is to provide financial resources and support to benefit the children, families, and staff of the Council Bluffs Community School District. The Classroom Grants program helps to fulfill our mission by providing funding to professional personnel for projects that enhance the educational experiences of students.
Making an Impact
The Council Bluffs Schools Foundation grants more than 30 classroom grants per year, providing essential funding for a wide range of grant programs. From in-class libraries for kindergartners to artificial intelligence kits for high school robotics teams, classroom grants allow teachers and students to explore new learning opportunities that would otherwise not be available. Here are two examples from the 2018-2019 school year.
Stop the Bleed Training
The Stop the Bleed program allows healthcare providers and the public to be trained, equipped, and empowered in bleeding emergencies. With this grant Patty was able to bring this program to her future healthcare professionals at the Tucker Center. Students were provided training with the use of PowerPoint and then were able to use the skills they learned by practicing using real tourniquets as well as pack gauze into a variety of wounds.
Teacher: Patty Pettit
School: The Tucker Center
Grant Amount: $950
Home to School Literacy Bags
Through the grant, Danielle was able to provide the preschoolers an opportunity to receive a themed backpack every Friday. Backpacks contained materials preschoolers could do with their families. Items included books on CD, stem science lessons, math manipulatives, etc.
Research shows that children learn more effectively when information is presented in a variety of ways. The initial idea for the backpack project was to encourage parent involvement. It was designed to be a fun and informative way for families to share learning experiences at home. Not only did the project allow Danielle to extend small group lessons completed at school, but it allowed her to tailor activities to student needs.
Teacher: Danielle Philmon
School: College View Elementary
Grant Amount: $250