Past Recipients

Mini-Grant Recipients

The Pierre Educational Foundation has awarded over $143,000 to help support teachers, staff and parent groups in the Pierre School District with projects to enhance since the mini-grant program was established


jenallenlegos-webStudents in Jen Allen’s first grade class at Buchanan Elementary work together on “We Do Robotics,” a fall 2012 PEF Mini Grant. Designed for the elementary learning, We Do Robotics is a cross-curricular set and series of theme-based activities. Students build LEGO models featuring working motors and sensors, connect them to a computer and use simple programming tools to control behavior. These kits help students work on teamwork, cooperation, story elements, creativity, critical thinking skills, visual-spatial relationships and math, using their instant knowledge, measurement and problem solving skills.


Fall 2014 Grants

The funding awards from the Foundation and a brief description of the projects are as follows:

Making Math More Meaningful – Amber Stout – Jefferson Elementary – $445.00
This award provided manipulatives for students to help compliment learning on particular lessons.

Bringing “Apple” to the Classroom – Andrew Dempewolf – McKinley Elementary – $498.99
This award will allow for an Ipad and Apple Tv access to the classroom to enhance sharing and problem solving, as well as an opportunity for students to take quizzes and demonstrate progress.

Drafting and Design with a 3D Printer – Tom Rogers – T.F. Riggs — $1,434.00
This award will allow for the purchase of a 3D printer which will allow students to design and print projects in 3D to allow for a similar experience to how technology is working in manufacturing.

Music + Movement = Fun and Learning! – Jennifer Nedrebo – Jefferson Elementary — $353.99
This award recognizes the role music plays in providing the necessary brain breaks to keep students focused on learning and promote physical activity by providing an Ipod nano and speakers for the classroom.

Pedal Power: Active Bodies = Active Minds – Jackie Richey – Jefferson Elementary – $200.00
This award recognizes the need for young students to be active in order to be productive with learning. The award will provide under the desk pedal bikes to allow the students to be both active and engaged in a productive way.

Beyond the Basil to Bergen-Belsen – Melodie Briggs – Washington Elementary – $126.70
This award provided for the purchase of 35 copies of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl for inclusion in the curriculum that stresses informational texts. The book will allow the curriculum requirements to be met while exposing the students to an important historical person.

Kayaking – Lisa Bahe – T.F. Riggs High School — $500.00
This award will allow for the purchase of 2 kayaks to support the life-long activities being taught in the health and wellness classes.

Spring 2014 Grants

The funding awards from the Foundation for Spring 2014 and a brief description of the projects are as follows:

Smiling for the Cameras – Kate Olson – Georgia Morse Middle School – $500.00
This award provides support for two cameras for the 8th grade PhotoShop class and the Georgia Morse Middle School yearbook.

Click-N-Learn Techies – Tami Merrill – Georgia Morse Middle School – $495.00
This award provides support for five tablets with instructional apps for special education students at Georgia Morse Middle School.

E-Reader Literature Circle Library – Buchanan Elementary – $500.00
This award provides support to allow Buchanan Elementary to expand its E- Literature Circle Program. This is a school-wide project that provides enhanced reading opportunities at Buchanan Elementary.

Hot Dots – Amber Stout – Jefferson Elementary – $550.00
This award supports the purchase of educational learning cards and power pens to help students prepare for the Dakota STEP tests.

Tablet Center – Heather Glodt – McKinley Elementary – $183.00
This award supports the purchase of tablets with apps for a kindergarten classroom to provide a unique learning opportunity and allow the teacher to see results of practiced skills.

Sensory Tubs for Learning – Jefferson Elementary PTA – $672.00
This award supports the development of materials for children with unique sensory needs to help foster learning in a way that addresses the sensory needs and supports the daily curriculum of the student.


dsc_0028-webGrace Hanten and Jackson Charron work together at the “Listening Learning Center” in Tina Glissendorf’s kindergarten classroom at Washington Elementary. Glissendorf received a spring 2012 mini grant from PEF to purchase a CD player and four sets of headphones for this station.


pastmini_pic$650.00 to Jim Keyes at Jefferson Elementary for “Speed Stacks.” This grant will allow Keyes to purchase a speed stack set which is a great activity to improve hand – eye coordination and reaction time.