RREF Grant Awards

Education Foundation Awards Teacher, Campus Grants
Posted on 05/11/2018

Rio Rancho Education Foundation grant recipientsThe Rio Rancho Education Foundation has awarded more than $18,000 in grants to fund eight projects in Rio Rancho schools during the 2018-19 school year.  The grants were formally awarded by Foundation President Bill Stanage (at left in the photo) and board members Barbara Rivera and Marilyn Lake-DellAngelo at the May 7 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.  Due to the success of the Foundation’s fundraiser, a dinner honoring the RRPS Hall of Honor inductees for 2018, the Foundation was able to fund nine grant proposals.

The recipients and projects are: 

  • Elizabeth Olive, Cleveland HS: $700.00, “Felting Supplies”
  • Arian Koers, Cleveland HS: $361.95, “Calligraphy”
  • Michelle Garmon – Sandia Vista Elementary: $1029.25, “I Like You Just the Way You Are”
  • Angela Maurer – Sandia Vista Elementary: $1000.00, “Welcome to the Fab Lab”
  • Alicia Banes – Cielo Azul Elementary: $5000.00, CAE “STEAM Lab”
  • Jennifer Lewis – Cielo Azul Elementary: $1000.00, “Intervention Success”
  • Michelle Van Sant, / Selena Lamers – Rio Rancho Elementary: $4119.50, “Students, STEM, & MindStorm”
  • Dianee Torres, Mountain View Middle School: $4960.84, “Enhancing Curriculum through Innovative Technology”

Individual teachers, teams of teachers, and schools can apply for up to $1,000 in grant funding for small classroom projects, or up to $5,000 for projects benefitting an entire school or (especially at Rio Rancho and Cleveland High) large portions of the student population.  This year the process changed so the 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