Opportunity Grant Recipients

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools Awards Opportunity Grants
Posted on 03/20/2024

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools had the pleasure of surprising 27 2024 Opportunity Grant Recipients at their schools last week! This year, the Foundation awarded almost $75,000 in grant support to eight elementary schools, four middle schools, and seven high schools, impacting nearly 11,500 students across the district. The Foundation's Opportunity Grants support ideas around their three pillars of Innovation and Leadership, Community and STEAM. Congratulations! 


Some of the lucky recipients: 


Legacy, Amy Montague, awarded $4,735

Apple Teacher Certifications for Future Educators

Future Educators impact the entire DCSD system as they are in the field working with students in 18 elementary schools. We can increase their impact by providing the opportunity to become Apple Teacher Certified. To do this, we need to purchase Apple iPads.


Legacy, Shaemus O’Brien, awarded $2,500

Innovative Cooking Equipment

Funds will be used to purchase new and innovative cooking equipment. This would provide students with a project-based experience utilizing updated and current industry tools.


RHMS, Mike Hall, awarded $2599

Using a CNC in a Middle School STEM Lab
STEM is about helping students to become problem solvers and creative thinkers. Machines like an X-Carve (CNC machine) make it possible for students to create a physical project.


RHMS, Colleen Pate, awarded $1000

Significant Support Needs Kitchen Upgrade

The special education program at Rocky Heights Middle School is seeking to secure funding to upgrade the current kitchen essentials for our significant support needs classroom. The enhancements aim to foster independence.


EagleRidge, Joe Ptaszynski, awarded $818.85


brainPLAY is the perfect solution to help students improve their math & literacy through active play in Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education, after school programs, and classrooms, while also improving gross motor skills, social emotional learning, teamwork, strategy, and individual play. brainPLAY also helps bilingual students improve vocabulary and basic understanding. 


Redstone, Shareen Cartwright, awarded $959.85

Building Tomorrow's Innovators: LEGO Spike Essentials

This kit empowers students to explore coding, robotics, and engineering concepts, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills in a dynamic learning environment.


Eagle Ridge Recipients with large check Legacy Campus Recipients Rocky Heights Middle School RecipientsRedstone Elementary Recipients

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