The City Schools Foundations Announces Recipients of 2014 Grants

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The Board of Trustees for the Murfreesboro City Schools Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2014 grant program. Thirty-six different grant applications, with representatives from all twelve elementary schools in the district, have been approved by the Foundation and will be fully funded for the beginning of the 2015 Spring semester.

The Foundation asks educators from the Murfreesboro City Schools System to submit short proposals for funding that will help them acquire technology or resources not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars. "We were all very pleased to see that at least one grant was approved for each school in the system. Because grants are submitted anonymously, they are judged solely on their merit. It is a testament to the entire system that all of the schools are represented this year", said Foundation chairman, David LaRoche.

The youngest school in the system, Overall Creek Elementary, was awarded $6,104 for a grant titled "Erasing Carbon Footprints via Lab Ecology." According to the grant writer, Rachel Everett, "As a fifth grade teacher I am helping to create a science lab rich in hand-on material that would allow all students the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature's bounty. A new lab is in need of basically everything - from test tubes, microscopes, stands with grow lights for plants, and safety equipment for the students."


This year, two grants were awarded that benefit children throughout the entire system. Gifted Services Coordinator Lea Bartch will receive funding for new "M3" mathematics teaching materials. Sheri Arnette, coordinator of teaching and learning, will receive a new set of "Read Aloud" books designed to teach and reinforce students' vocabulary.

The foundation will distribute approximately $50,000.00 in this round of grant approvals. The money was raised at the "Excellence in Education" dinner, honoring community volunteers Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth McPhee, as well as a celebrity fashion show, both held earlier this year


To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $400,000 in parity and grants to teachers to enhance science, math and other programs. The City Schools Foundation is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Chartered in 2005, the Foundation was created by volunteers from the community who wanted to supplement the resources available to the Murfreesboro City Schools System. More information can be found at

Murfreesboro City Schools Foundation 2014 Grant Recipients

Hobgood Elementary

Meredith Gilliland Picture This!: STEAM Picture Books to Support Young Engineers

Black Fox Elementary

Jennifer Clunie Life Size Measurement

Bradley Academy

Stephanie Turner Math and Me!
Michelle Eaton "FabLab with LittleBits"
Rebecca Few Numbers in Base Ten- For Students and Teachers It's a Win-Win!

Cason Lane Academy

Betsy Lynch Let's Explore the Common Core!
Debbie Hickerson Can You Hear Me Now?

Discovery School

Kristy Mall Building Better Minds Through Engineering
Kristy Mall Hands On Science= Minds on Science!
Erin Whitford Keys for the Keyless


Sheri Arnette Text Savvy
Lea Bartch Mentoring Mathematical Minds

Hobgood Elementary

Meredith Gilliland Up Close and Personal:Digital Microscopes to Support Inquiry Based Learning in STEAM

John Pittard Elementary

Caleb Jones Where in the World is Math?

Mitchell-Neilson Schools

Latasha McFarland Getting to the Core: Interactive eBooks
Rebecca Few, Brittany Hardy, Diana Hadley Children's Literature and Math- What a Connection!

Northfield Elementary

Lise Triggs FULL STEAM AHEAD- Arts and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math at Northfield
Rosalind Demonbreum Gathering STEAM in First Grade
Sarah Truax Versteeg Hands on Learning

Overall Creek Elementary

Herman Nelson Facing Our Future by Facing Our Past
Rachell Everett Erasing Carbon Footprints via Lab Ecology
Mala Womack Take A Closer Look
Catherine Gordon Fantastic Activities for the Brain
Mala Womack Mad about Manipulatives

Reeves-Rogers Elementary

Noelle Koenig It's Blurry
Beth Miller Redcat Field- Sound Amplification System
Shannon Minner AV-2 Media Enhanced Science

Scales Elementary

Jessica Dozier The "Egg"cellent Flight
Tyisha Brooks A Closer Look at Life Cycles
Karissa Huffmire I'm Feeling Fidgety
Jessica Bloom Phonics Fun: Full STEAM Ahead
Kathryn Vehr Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Karissa Huffmir Writing Wall
Teresa Lambert Hands On Math

Erma Siegel Elementary

Ann O'Boyle Fundations Reading Project
Owen Davis Shoebox Task Boxes
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