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Great Idea Grant

2018-2019 Great Idea Grant application window will open on January 8, 2018. 

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Great Idea Grants award grants to staff who want to implement an innovative project in education and instruction to enhance the learning experience of students in Thompson School District. Individual teachers or other professional staff may be selected to receive a grant of up to $2,000 for their classroom.

TEF has awarded classroom grants (formerly known as Creativity Grants) since 1999. During that time, the foundation has granted over $154,000 to teachers implementing innovative ideas to drive curriculum in their classrooms. Successful Great Idea Grant applicants demonstrate an out-of-the-ordinary approach that supports student achievement or well-being to enhance the educational experience for Thompson School District students. Encore Grants are awarded to projects that were previously funded by a Great Idea Grant and can demonstrate continued project growth with a second year grant.

The Great Idea Grant recipients for the 2017-2018 school year are: 

Arnaud Garcia, Lovealnd High School
Project: Breakout the World Language Classroom

Melissa Carter, Carrie Martin Elementary School
Project: Leadership Garden 

Melanie Smith, Conrad Ball Middle School
Project: Adventure Leadership Group

Michael Willy, Monroe & Winona Elementary Schools
Project: Fitfth Grade Foundry

Andrea Walker, Bill Reed Middle School
Project: Engaging Students through Movement Medication and Art

Lindy Jones, Laurene Edmondson Elementary School
Project: Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

Michelle Malvey, LIncoln Elementary School (Encore)
Project: Mobile Innovation Station

Kristen Miles, Ponderosa Early Childhood (Encore)
Project: Experiencing the Lives of Children Around the World

Rebecca Thorp, Mountain View High School
Project: Stepping Stones Toward the Future

Christina Feldhus, Laurene Edmondson Elementary School (Encore)
Project: Genius Hour

Chrissy Marshall, Loveland High School
Project: Developing Entrepreneurial Attributes in a Mathematics Classroom

Brian Miller, ATLAS Middle School Program
Project: Service Learning via Bicycle Repair for the Homeless