Dream Fund Grants AwardedLeer en Español
Help Organize these Middle Schoolers! $500
This grant will provide the tools that will allow the middle school students at Harrison Park to become organized and have enough workspace at their desks for more collaborative learning to take place! They will learn the very valuable and necessary life skill of organizing themselves!
PBIS Star Store $2000
The goal for the Star Store is to be a system to support and enhance the teachers' implementation of classroom PBIS practices with fidelity. Students will earn STAR tickets by following school wide behavior expectations. Teachers will monitor the distribution of STAR tickets and its impact on individual and group behavior.
VAEI Trips $1000
The goal of VAEI trips is to expose students to different careers in science through hands on activities teaching scientific principles.
Westside Storytime in the Park $8,500
This family-focused literacy celebration will take place during the evening on Tuesdays this June - August at Lincoln Park. The goal of the Literacy Center of West Michigan is to engage 300 families and 15 community partners during the summer, distributing 2,500 free books to children ages 18 and younger.
Raised Gardens - Extension of Greenhouse Project $7,000
As an extension of the previously approved Greenhouse Project, raised beds will be constructed on Union property to connect community, families, and students. As entrepreneurs, students will plan a business model to produce greenhouse items that will be transplanted to the raised beds. Revenue will provide many options for new opportunities..
Science and Sailing: Exploring the Great Lakes $2,700
With this grant, fifth graders will develop teamwork skills by working together to sail the schooner on which they will travel and obtain practical knowledge of water and environmental sciences.
Class of 2019 Senior Trip $2,400
This grant will give seniors exposure to healthy leisure opportunities by taking them on a senior trip to Northern Michigan.
Writing Forward Field Trip $10,000
This grant will expose students at Union High School to college level writing and research practices, in order to assist them as they begin mindfully thinking about their next steps as Challenge Scholars.
Library/Media Center Makeover $13,000
This grant will provide upgrades to equip the Westwood Middle School library and media center to be a more functionally versatile space for students, staff and the community.
3D Printing Club $1,000
With this grant, resources and supplies will be provided to an after school club, which invites all students to build relationships, expand their creativity, and better the school community.
Westwood Running Group $1,200
This grant will aid students who have expressed a desire to be more physically fit, achieve their goals through running.
Building Relationships Through Technology: S-Tech (Student Techs) $1,000
With this grant S-Tech students will produce bi-weekly School News videos & mentor students in the resource room with creating 10 classroom video projects.
Stocking Student Leadership Team $500
This grant will be used to establish a new Student Leadership Team at Stocking Elementary. We will work with community partners on at least two experiential learning projects before year-end and attend one leadership conference or retreat.
Field Trip to 3 Mile Project $600
This grant will be used to encourage positive student behavior and promote social emotional growth of students at Stocking Elementary through our PBIS incentive program. Students must have made it through the month with no behavioral referrals to attend the celebration.
This grant will be used to secure funding for an AdviseMI Adviser through the Michigan College Access Network, to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education.
Writing to Right Wrongs - $5000
This grant combines civil rights content (with a focus on fair housing) and the spoken word (slam poetry) which empowers at least 30 students in Ms. Smith's first period. With a better understanding of their rights and the importance of place and on how to use their creative voice in positive ways they can express themselves and impact their community.
Decodable Readers - $3000
With this grant, Kindergarten students will have access to decodable text through reading with parents and community partners.
Device Loan Out Program - $8000
Through this grant, students will have access to technology in their home, through a loan out program from the school.
The Ultimate Soccer Field for Union High School - $5000
This grant will help create a successful school in the Ok-Black league. Union High School's soccer teams need a scoreboard, a generator and an outside PA system.
Help the Hawk's Nest - $900
This grant will Supply and operate items for Union's PBIS store, the Hawk's Nest.
High Interest Books - $1000
With this grant, new books for a 9th Grade English classroom library can be purchased to help students in the class read 5 books independently every marking period.
Large Portable White Boards for Scientific Modeling and Discourse - $2835
Through this grant, students will be able to use white boards to share investigation results in a collaborative way.
Take Home Literacy Bag - $1000
This grant helps to increase students' reading fluency and comprehension levels according to Fountas and Pinnell. Students will be tested on Fountas & Pinnel monthly in order to monitor progress and make sure that they are reading books at the appropriate level.
Literacy Support with Lexia - $1000
With this grant, Sibley fourth graders with skill gaps in phonics, phonemic awareness, sight word recognition and other K-3 skill areas will receive customized, online lessons from Lexia core 5 to close gaps. 80-100% of identified students will meet weekly "minutes" goals set by the Lexia program each week this school year.
A Brighter Future through Building and Sewing - $5000
This grant will be used to introduce students to a practical approach to technical and production aspects, which are part of a Drama Department. They will learn skills used in theater that can be used cooperatively in other academic and elective classes and transferable to life outside of the classroom.
Dressed and Ready for Success - $350
Through this grant, KSSN and the Encore Project Team will seek to supply the “U Room” donation shop at Union with specific uniform and personal care items, which are not available through community donations. The items are necessary in order for students to be able to come to school ready to learn.
JROTC Ball - $1000
This grant will provide funds during the 2018/19 school year and host one Military Ball for the three GRPS schools that have JROTC programs. Allowing students to demonstrate teamwork, organizational skills, customs and courtesies of the US. Army and demonstrate proper etiquette while dining.
Michigan Youth in Government - $6000
This grant will open the door for increased participation in MYIG. Fee for each participant is $500. Budget constraints in the past have limited their numbers.
Let’s Get Geeked - $1000
This program will take students to the geek group to apply science objectives learned in class in areas like electricity, engineering, and mathematics.
Lexia for Struggling Readers - $1000
This grant supports the purchase Lexia for 2nd grade team so that students will raise their MAP reading scores at end of their second grade year.
Science Buddies - $1000
Science Buddies engages and excites students through shared scientific investigations between Kindergartners and Fourth graders.
Boyz to Men Group - $1000
This grant will be used to establish an afterschool support group of diverse young men with the purpose of building trusting relationships with other positive male role models, while exploring educational opportunities such as visits to colleges and places of employment.
We’ve Got You Covered, Uniform and Personal Care Shop - $900
This grant will involve volunteers, Westwood staff, parents and students in creating a welcoming space at Westwood where students can “shop” for school uniforms and other basic needs.
Fitness for Life - $2000
This grant will be used to purchase physical education equipment for the PE program at Westwood.
JROTC Teams - $1000
This grant will help Union’s JROTC attend two regional physical fitness competitions, and two regional drill competitions.
Stand Up and Learn! - $160
This grant will provide a stand-up table for Rachel Kuiper's Special Education classroom for students with attention difficulties.
GVSU Library Field Trip - $1000
This field trip will expose students to GVSU's library resources in a collaborative learning opportunity with GVSU college of Ed. students, librarians, and the writing center.
Union High School Kuta Software - $1000
This grant will provide supplemental materials to Union's math curriculum to support skills allowing more students to achieve benchmark on the PSAT and SAT assessments.
Union Ultimate Greenhouse Project - $1000
This grant supports a Greenhouse in which the actual products grown are cooked and consumed by the students and school community. Students will engage in weekly hands-on learning and work with the students in the ASD program – forming positive relationships with students who have autism.
QUEENdom Project - $1000
This afterschool girls group is focused on building relationships and teaching life skills in a relevant way to empower 30-40 young women through volunteering, self-esteem, conflict resolution, peer mentorship, and school spirit.
Pailalen Program at Harrison Park Elementary -$1000
This grant provides childcare during Pailalen classes for parents. The Pailalen Program includes focus on Culture & History; Parenting styles; Cooperation & Communication; Responsibility & Discipline; Building Self-Esteem; Understanding & Redirecting Misbehavior; and Parenting for School Success, among other things.