Education Foundation Grant Awards

Students To Benefit from Education Foundation Awards
Posted on 05/17/2019

Grant Recipients and Board Members pose with their "checks" at the RRPS board meeting on 3/13Twelve ingenious projects developed by teachers and staff from across the district will become reality for students next school year, thanks to the support of the Rio Rancho Education Foundation.

The Foundation awarded nearly $32,000 in grants this year to support the projects, chosen from 30 submitted throughout the district.  The grants were formally awarded by Foundation President Bill Stanage and board members Pat DiVasto and Mike Mierzejewski at the May 13 school board meeting. 

The Education Foundation’s grant program provides money for innovative and creative projects which could not otherwise be funded by the school district.  Teachers and schools apply through a competitive process, and the decision is made by a committee chosen by the Foundation Board.  The Foundation raises money through a variety of means, including the annual Induction Dinner for members of the district’s Hall of Honor.

RREF President Bill Stanage announces the recipients as winners look onThe recipients and projects are: 

  • "Academic Success through Flexible Seating in 4th Grade" - William Pichette, Merry Wadsworth, Jill Glauvitz, Amber Cook & Neil Rimbaldi, Sandia Vista Elementary, $5000.00
  • "Comfort in the Classroom" - Jessica Romero, Sandia Vista Elementary, $4936.57
  • "Cooking Cart" - Lynsey Grassham, Amy McGee & Nancy Buffalow, Shining Stars Preschool, $2000.00
  • "Empowering Our Students and Families" - Laura Moore, Colinas del Norte Elementary, $2124.78
  • "Engineering is Elementary" - Brook Lundie & Larraine Hostetler, Ernest Stapleton Elementary, $4981.70
  • "Heart Rate Monitoring Assignment" - Racquel Cuaderes, Lincoln Middle School, $1000.00
  • "Mobile 3-D Augmented Reality Sandbox" - Laraine Hostetler, Ernest Stapleton Elementary, $1355.77
  • "Music Production School" - Drew Wichman & Laraine Hostetler, Ernest Stapleton Elementary, $529.08
  • "Outdoor Cozy, Comfy Reading Area" - Lisa Hughes & Cassandra Carrazco, Shining Stars Preschool, $4454.00
  • "Puma Pantry" - Jerry Reeder & Jesse Parrish, Desert Pathways, $3760.32
  • "Raz-Plus 3rd Grade Inclusion" - Donna McIntire, Sandia Vista Elementary, $200.00
  • "Steam Lab Innovation" - Angela Maurer, Sandia Vista Elementary, $1614.14

Rio Rancho Education Logo with student looking through telescope at starsIndividual teachers, teams of teachers, and schools may apply for up to $1,000 in grant funding for small classroom projects, or up to $5,000 for projects benefiting an entire school or large portions of the student population.  Applications are considered in the spring for projects for the next upcoming school year.  This way, teachers can be ready to go with their project at the beginning of the year and students can benefit from the project for the entire school year.   

For more information on the grant program, visit the Rio Rancho Education Foundation website