Promoting and Encouraging Academic Excellence
Grove Education Foundation for Excellence

2017 GEFFE Grants

2017 GEFFE Grants Awarded

Please take a few moments to review the grants that GEFFE awarded to Grove Public Schools in 2017. The teachers and staff that submit grants share their curriculum needs, innovative ideas, and goals for their students in the grant writing process. Their leadership, creativity, and passion for academic excellence shines through in their grant request ap- plications. We are hopeful that their dedication to education, combined with the success of our students, continues to inspire our GEFFE donors for years to come.


$949.66 — Ready? Set! Let’s Dream About Reading!
By providing my students with a classroom library, I can promote greater amounts of reading, increased reading fluency and more diverse reading experiences among my students, thus helping them to attain greater levels of reading achievement. It will also assist my students to grow as readers. Having multiple copies of popular titles will be beneficial for reading groups and student interest. Grant Author: Randi Andrews

$2,408.08 — We’re Doin’ Fine With Fine Motor Skills in Pre K
Fine motor skills influence the important development of handwriting and using items such as scissors, glue and manipulatives. Without having a strong foundation of fine mo- tor skills, our students struggle with simple tasks such as drawing shapes, writing alpha- bet letters, their names, words and eventually a sentence by the end of the PreK year. This grant will allow us to purchase a variety of manipulatives designed to strengthen and develop fine motor development. Grant Author: Julie Bloss

$1,925.92 — PlaykerSpace
Funding for this project will be used to stock an extra classroom with hands-on materi- als and curriculum to instruct 375, four and five year old students in Science, Technol- ogy, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Because our students learn best by being actively involved, the classroom will be referred to as our “PlaykerSpace.” Each month the PlaykerSpace will have different activities available for our students to rotate through that will be setup in learning station format. Grant Author: Julie Bloss

$588.82 — Little Kids + Cool Books = Big Cool Readers
The ECC Library will sponsor a NEW Oklahoma reading challenge program, Oklahoma Redbud Read-Aloud Children’s Book Award program, primarily for grades K, 1, and 2. Ini- tiated by the Oklahoma Library Association, this program encourages K-2 students from Oklahoma schools to read or listen to books of literary quality with fantastic illustrations. A motivating contest, LITTLE KIDS + COOL BOOKS = BIG READERS will be promoted in which the students will receive rewards and reading certificates for listening or read- ing this new set of Oklahoma Redbud books. Grant Author: Dr. Jo Martin

$384.88 — Little Hands
I have a need for new and exciting manipulatives for my learning centers. This grant would allow my students the opportunity to engage in fun and creative manipulatives. This would allow students to develop and build muscle control, eye-hand coordination, reinforce alphabet, counting, shapes, textures, patterns, and open-ended building. I want to strengthen my students’ fine motor skills and encourage creative and stem thinking skills. Grant Author: Molly Sanders

$42.82 — Alpha”Bet” You Can Do It!
It’s as easy as ABC! Students start with these simple building blocks of letters to some- day learn to read. I believe that by using manipulatives and games that bring the alphabet to life we can engage our youngest students in the best way possible. Grant Author: Paige Yarborough


$294.76 — Building Homes for Our Batty Friends
Students will learn about the life cycle of bats, the important role of bats in our ecosys- tem, and bats’ plight against White Nose Syndrome (a deadly fungus killing millions of bats each year). Students will then strategically plan, measure, and build bat boxes to donate to a local park here in Grove. Grant Author: Deitra Biely

$663.53 — Rockin’ and Rollin’ with Third Grade Geology
Rock tumbling is a fun, exciting, hands-on way for young ones to learn about the rock cycle, scientific inquiry, and erosion as it pertains to the change in, and creation of, land- forms on earth. Students who become excited about learning through hands-on activities are more likely to maintain that healthy academic mindset throughout their educational careers and pursue higher educational goals in the future. Grant Author: Deitra Beily

$675.20 — Whoooooo’s In My Food
Third graders will learn about food chains by studying owls and their prey, reading about owls, and dissecting an owl pellet. Students will use the scientific method as they ask questions, collect information, form a hypothesis, dissect their pellet, record their data using data sheets, and draw conclusions by reconstructing (to the best of their ability and resources) the skeletons inside to determine what their owl had for a meal. Students will also read about the life cycle of an owl in “Owlet, the Great Horned Owl,” as it grows from a baby owlet to an adult, beginning the cycle once again. Grant Author: Deitra Beily

$1,294.00 — Full STEAM Ahead: Coding with Ozobots
All of our students interact with technology at school on a daily basis. By learning to code, students can be in charge of how their robots interact with them and master a skill that could lead them into the technology of the future. Ozobots work with the commonly used Block codes and require students to decipher and write code to make their robot work. Grant Author: Barbara Couch

$1,176.21 — Let’s Grow a Garden
A tower garden is an indoor garden growing system. I would use the tower garden to teach students how to grow their own food, as well as teaching them the plant cycle of many different fruits and vegetables that we will grow. They will also be able to eat what they grow. Complete hands-on science that will last all year. Grant Author: Amanda Cox

$439.35 — The Circle of Life Continues
GEFFE is proud to provide additional supplies to build on the Life Cycles grant that was funded last year. In this 1st grade classroom, students are experiencing science through witnessing first hand the cycles of life through hatching eggs and watching tadpoles transform into frogs! “Life cycles is part of our Science standards. Being able to watch chickens hatch and frogs grow in real life impacts the students more than reading a book about it.” Grant Author: Amanda Cox

$177.00 — Sing and Spell
I have been teaching special education for 6 years. One of the biggest goals with these students is learning sight words. I wanted to find a fun way to connect my students learn- ing with the sight words, not only to read them but to spell them as well. The students look forward to singing the silly songs, and the movements that go with them. I intro- duced one word a week, we then sang them every day and wrote them on a whiteboard together. They were passing the sight word spelling test every week. They couldn’t wait to see what the new word of the week was going to be. They especially liked the routine of getting to sing the songs with movement and then write them on the whiteboard. Grant Author: Samantha Davis

$5,399.97 — Rollin’ with Technology Part 2
The sphero is a robotic ball that can interact with the iPad. I would like to continue to support our robotics program that is already in place at the middle and high school levels. Students at Grove Lower Elementary will be able to build obstacles, play augmented reality games, solve problems, design a program, and much more. The sphero allows students to learn basic coding skills while playing as they learn! Grant Author: Deana Glascow

$654.87 — Getting “STEM”ulated Part 2
A child learns best through their natural curiosity and creativity. That is why STEM is in- tegral in a school curriculum. Over the past few years I have worked to develop a STEM program/Lab at the Lower Elementary. Two years ago, GEFFE awarded a grant to help provide materials for our STEM lab. I am now asking to add more items to enhance the lab and develop our student’s science, technological, engineering, and mathematical skills. I plan on utilizing these materials in many ways, especially for the engineering and design processes. My goal is to create projects that require multiple pieces of technology, which ramps up engagement and learning. Grant Author: Carol Hunsperger

$820.00 — Getting Techie With It
I am writing this grant to ask for new tools to enhance the current iPad technology I pres- ently utilize in my classroom. I would like to add keyboard cases, headphones, and styli to my classroom for all students. By providing these tools to my students, I know I could elevate their learning and create children that are empowered, 21st century learners. Grant Author: Carol Hunsperger

$695.98 — Sensational Sensory Centers
My special needs students learn best through hands on activities. These sensory items would help them grow both academically and socially. They need activities to help them build life skills, phonics and math skills. These fun items will allow them to learn in a fun and exciting way. Grant Author: Michelle Kirkendall

$417.99 — Can You Hear Me?
In my classroom of 22 first graders we use a structure called The Daily 5. One of the Daily 5 components is listening to reading. Hearing a book read on CD/tape helps children see how the words on a page can come alive in a fluid expressive way. It helps children focus on the sounds of words read without interruptions and provides a model of fluent reading. I would like a listening center in my classroom to use on a daily basis during our Daily 5 literature stations. Grant Author: Lori Lovelady

$666.07 — Building One Mind a STEM at a Time
With the funding of this grant, students will discover how things work using these fun and exciting hands-on activities. These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) project-based learning activities will get the students minds moving to problem solve using play. STEM activities will allow all children to be inventors, problem solvers, and engineers. Grant Author: Debra Popp

$2,815.92 — Access to Literacy
We would like to provide our students with many great examples of texts that can be read, studied, and broken into skill sets and structures, while using universal texts as exemplars. With these texts, the students will be able to compare and contrast different structures within multiple books. All of which are required Reading and English Language Arts skills in third grade. These activities will be ongoing throughout the year. At this time, there are not enough for every classroom. With this grant, each classroom will have a set. Grant Author: Tanya Tackkett

$965.00 — Accessorize the iPad
My third graders could benefit from iPad styluses, headphones and keyboards. I would like the opportunity to further expand technology into my classroom in this ever-changing world of technology. These items will fill in some voids and maximize the technology I have available in my classroom. Maximizing technology will help me to be a facilitator, set project goals, and provide guidelines while interacting and supporting student learning. Grant Author: Tanya Tackkett


$1,385.48 — LEGO WeDo Too!
As the 4th grade GATE and Enrichment RTI teacher, this grant will take my classroom to an entire new level! Lego WeDO 2.0 blends the STEAM classroom by hitting all the pre-stated acronym components: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathemat- ics and the regular core curriculum classroom of reading, science, and social studies in a Maker’s Dream environment. WeDo 2.0 introduces elementary kids to the world of pro- gramming and demonstrates science and technology at their fingertips and at the same time encouraging the mind to think outside of the box by problem solving. Students are given an opportunity to learn ways of thinking rather than directed to a singular learning pattern. Grant Author: Lorraine Beall

$9,763.20 — Up with ACERS - Down with iPads
There is a need in our school for all 6th Graders to have access to Chrome. Since 2015, my math class has been completely technology driven, thanks to GEFFE. We have shown tremendous gains in student scores, as well as highly motivating and engaging students. After lesson presentation, students are given the same topic in varying levels of difficulty, so they can work at the level they need. Faster students are not held back, while slower students have time to master the skill. Grant Author: Linda Culvey

$10,074.20 — Ready to Rock...Ready to Roll!
I want to have all students actively involved with technology in my classroom. A class- room cart of Chromebooks will allow me the use of Google Classroom in all of my class- es, including 25 GATE/Enrichments students from my RTI class. The grant funded 30 Chromebooks, Google license and a storage/charging cart. Grant Author: Lorraine Beall

$1,795.00 — BrainPop for BrainSmarts
BrainPop is a collection of over 1,000 educational videos that teachers use to teach, reinforce, or enhance subjects ranging from math to science, technology to art, and social studies to music. Told in terms kids can understand with relatable characters, these videos can be used by teachers as an introduction to a topic, as reinforcement of subject matter, or as a review to gauge depth of knowledge. Grant Author: LuAnn DuBois

$2,201.87 — STEAMing It Up
This grant will enhance 4th – 6th graders’ experience with the subjects in the STEAM Lab. The science, engineering and math component of the grant will allow stu- dents to investigate flight. Fourth grade students will construct a straw rocket and use a launcher to test their rockets’ flight capabilities. The fifth grade activity will expose stu- dents to design principles, rate of descent, and gravity as they construct parachutes from tissue paper and test them with a ripcord drop stand. Hot air balloons will be the 6th grade project. Sixth graders will also explore design principles as they construct hot air balloons of tissue paper. As they use the Indoor Balloon Tester and Balloon Launcher, students will be exposed to the topics of buoyancy, temperature, and density. Grant Author: LuAnn DuBois

$211.28 — We Believe That We Can Achieve!!
The purpose of this grant is to provide additional avenues for technology to better serve students with learning disabilities. These items are intended to enhance literacy and re- sponsibility for all the students that I serve. This grant is to specifically target students that have the highest difficulty with reading, while encouraging responsibility for their future in the real world. Grant Author: Jana Feken

$470.40 — Around the World in 167 Days
Many students will never leave our country to see other parts of the world. It is important for them to be able to visualize and study the locations that they may only hear about. The geography classroom is in need of globes so students can understand how locations affect cultures, seasons, natural resources and so much more in the realm of geography. The globes will enhance my teaching as well as benefit the understanding of the science surrounding geography. Grant Author: Gayla Flynn

$385.80 — History is Fun
History Is Fun! is a grant that includes one classroom book set of “Dear America” books and one classroom set of “My America” books. Each set of books highlights two impor- tant time periods our 5th grade students will study. Grant Author: Keri Gregg

$595.00 — Osmosis via OSMO
This grant will help Math Centers come to life. The students will be using hands-on manipulatives while using technology. OSMO will provide students with experiences that they may not receive anywhere else. They will be working real world math problems, as well as many other skills that they will use in life, such as, learning coding. Grant Au- thor: Abigaile Harris

$99.00 — Let’s Zoom Into Technology
I am requesting a document camera because sometimes a page from a workbook or other source that is not found on the Internet may be a good resource for explaining a skill. The document camera would allow me to zoom in on a particular page or problem and project the image on the SMARTBoard. All of the students would be able to see it, and it would make it easier for me to explain the skill being taught. The document camera will also allow me to use manipulatives in real time. This is most helpful when explaining math concepts. Grant Author: Angie Howerton

$1,397.00 — iComplete
This grant for four iPads and cases will complete a classroom set. It also will provide sty- lus pens for all the students. I use the iPads daily for math fact practice and IXL, an online math and language arts program. Each student would have his/her iPad to enhance his/ her learning through the use of educational apps. Most importantly, it would allow all of my students to work on IXL lessons at the same time. Grant Author: Angie Howerton

$1,000.00 — STEM Gauge
STEM Gauge is a formative assessment tool that supports classroom instruction with the Next Generation Science Standards. STEM Gauge is a product of Measured Progress who develops our state assessments. The program can be used online or lessons can be downloaded and copied. STEM Gauge is designed to improve instructional practices and give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of Next Generation Science Standards. Grant Author: Stacey Millican

$7,559.99 — Oh, The Places We’ll Go!
I am requesting 30 Chromebooks for my 4th grade students to help bring technology to my classroom. This will allow me to introduce technology to my students as an educa- tional resource, which will serve them throughout their lives. My goal is to demonstrate and encourage the use of technology as a path to self-empowerment through knowledge and learning. Grant Author: Kim Richards

$1.119.00 — Mastery Through Technology
This grant provides support materials for technology accessibility. “Having daily access to networked applications will build technological literacy while supporting higher achieve- ment in all academic standards.” Grant Author: Kim Roberts

$222.00 — Great Minds Don’t Think Alike
Our class is in need of classroom novel sets. The books will allow students to increase Language Arts skills, as well as teach students with learning disabilities that their dreams are within reach. This will help foster an environment for open discussion within my classroom about the various conflicts that students face, and openly discuss different learning abilities and disabilities that impact my students’ daily lives. The book will help me connect with my students on a deeper level than before, study our content through a new and exciting piece of literature, and prepare them for the rest of their school careers. Grant Author: Jayla Teel

$315.30 — Were All Wonders
This grant allows for a classroom set of the book, “Wonder” by R.J. Palacios. This grant will allow for students to have a novel to study as a whole class. This book will allow stu- dents to explore differences and open the discussion of empathy and compassion. Grant Author: Jayla Teel

$2128.98 — Grab A Book and CHROME
This grant will be utilized to help all students have access to technology in the classroom. Students will be using technology daily to do class assignments and research. They will be able to collaborate with one another using technology as a tool to complete projects. This grant was partially funded, providing 7 Chromebooks. Grant Author: Jayla Teel


$725.00 — No Germs Allowed
Many science fair projects and classroom labs must utilize sterile equipment to obtain val- id results. Many items can be ordered sterile; however items such as glassware, tongs, petri dishes, or even just water must be autoclaved at a high temperature and kept pack- aged. The autoclave is also utilized for killing any and all bacteria from petri dishes cultured for projects. Our department uses the autoclave numerous times throughout the year and it is critical to our continued success in the Science Fair. Grant Author: Donna Deason

$10.074.20 — Tech Savvy
A classroom set of 30 Chromebooks would help students stay ahead of the game on technology and help alleviate scheduling conflicts between 5 teachers sharing 2 carts. The grant helps students excel academically by allowing them to have frequent access to the tools that will enhance their education. Google Classroom, research skills, Study Island and other interactive programs are extremely beneficial to the 21st century class- room student. The grant will be utilized by two teachers, teaching two grades and in- cludes a storage/charging cart. Grant Author: Jesi Gordon and Amanda Pollan


$602.00 — “Leaf” a Mark
Leaf a Mark will allow students to examine leaves, recognize leaf type, leaf arrangement, and leaf margins in addition to identifying the type of leaf. The kits include 3 sets of 13 different species of tree leaves, with dichotomous keys to aid in identification. Grant Author: Gerri Chandler

$4,959.94 — It’s a Small World, and Biologists Want to See It!
We are asking for funding to purchase a foundational set of microscope slides for our Bi- ology Lab, which will be accessed by Biology, Botany/Zoology, and AP Biology students. Several years ago, GEFFE awarded our Biology department with new microscopes, which have benefitted all of our Biological Science classes. Our classes are in need of slides to view both plant and animal tissues and a variety of other specimens. Comparing plant and animal cell structures, monocot and dicot plants, identifying basic plant and animal tissues, as well as studying basic human tissues, are the general topics that would be supported by using these slides in lab. Grant Author: Pam Chaney

$7,844.90 — Biology Looks Better in Chrome!
This grant is to purchase thirty five, 11 inch Chromebooks for use in the Biology classroom(s) at Grove High School. A class set of Chromebooks allows all students equal access to online learning resources within the classroom. A primary use will be imple- mentation of the USA TestPrep resources purchased by GHS to help prepare students for ACT and state testing. The class set of Chromebooks eliminates the problem of different online and application navigation that is encountered on different devices, thereby stan- dardizing the online experience within the classroom and making it easier to navigate and instruct online. Grant Author: Mrs. Chaney and Mrs. Watters

$2,860.00 — Scaling Back Requires a “Balancing Act”
Analytical balances are precise and accurate measuring devices that allow students to gain understanding of measurement through hands-on laboratory activities. Having qual- ity equipment in the laboratory promotes student appreciation, awareness and respect for their individual education. Experience with quality analytical balances allows students to be competitive and have an academic edge when attending universities with students from bigger high school with competitive programs. Grant Author: Valerie Epperson

$1,738.00 — We’re Off to See the Wizard
GEFFE is proud to have sponsored the opening night production of “The Wizard of Oz,” which was also the premiere performance in the new Performing Arts Center. Assisting with the performance rights and witnessing the huge success of the musical has been astounding. “Bringing the magic of the theatre to the entire age range of individuals in Grove Public Schools, surrounding schools, and community members will invigorate the program and the goodwill of the community. This isn’t just about the participants in the show, this is about future generations seeing what the stage can provide and deciding that it is worth their time and attention.” Grant Authors: Mrs. Yirsa and Mr. Haynes

$1,410.30 — Listening For Success
This grant will help meet GEFFE’s mission to promote and encourage academic excel- lence by providing the necessary equipment the students need to succeed. This will promote students’ abilities to listen to required videos and to make recordings for their computer-related class work and non-computer classes. It will allow the students to participate and be competitive with other students across the state and nation. Grant Author: Denise Payton

$1,100.15 — Edible Classroom
This grant for an AeroGarden will be used to promote interdisciplinary academic achieve- ment, leadership development, and sustainable food systems. It will engage students and cultivate a hands-on learning atmosphere. Students will be able to grow plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. Whether students are learning about the health benefits of growing organic food while they harvest and taste fresh vegetables, or learn- ing about ecosystem roles and functions, the AeroGarden enables our high school stu- dents to connect the dots and become problem solvers of the future. Grant Author: Angela Pennington

$1,200.00 — Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robotics
This grant will purchase a new FIRST Tech Challenge robotics kit with additional motors and electronics to start additional competitive robotics teams at Grove High School. This grant encourages academic excellence by providing students a hands-on opportunity to learn how science, math, engineering, and technology are applied through competitive robotics. It also gives students an opportunity to be part of a team which provides them with opportunities to learn in a cooperative environment. Grant Author: Jeanne Smith

$1,063.33 — Stand Up!
Through a designated donation in support of our award-winning band program, GEFFE is proud to provide the Pride of Grove Marching Band with a drum major platform. This will promote continued success in band competitions and performances. Grant Author: Joe Wilhelm and Joseph Wilhelm


$1,031.84 — Teamwork Makes the Dream Work — ECC & Lower Elementary
By increasing the number and types of different sports equipment, the children will learn and participate in a variety of physical education activities, broadening their activity base and providing variety in the education material to help keep them engaged. The equip- ment I receive will be used to facilitate teaching students a broad range of skills beneficial to both life lessons and physical health. Students will learn patience, perseverance, team- work, and coordination, and do so in an environment that promotes an active lifestyle. Grant Author: Haley Deaton

$10,607.00 — Be Brave! Go Cave! Cave & Water Conservation — All School Sites
GEFFE is proud to continue their support of this innovative program. CaveSim is a travel- ing cave simulator that is used to teach students about cave ecology and biology, the im- portance of groundwater and our human footprint, and conservation/preservation through wild cave simulations. The project also utilizes STEM integration by providing hands-on use of simple machines, in-cave electronic engineering equipment, flashlight engineering, calculating the effects of human impact and the spread of White Nose Syndrome on bats, and monitoring the spread of bacteria through cave systems using slime mold! Grant Author: Deitra Biely