Dream Fund Grants AwardedLeer en Español
Harrison Park – WMCAT Project! $8,000
This grant help increase awareness of their community, as well as to expose students to different potential areas of interest that could translate into a career.
Sibley Elementary – Multi-functional Furniture $4,500
This grant will be used to purchase furniture that can be used in multiple ways to utilize the learning space more efficiently to improve student engagement.
Harrison Park Human Body Trip - $1,100
This grant will be used to expose students to a visual representation of science so they can become more aware of the complexities of human organ system interactions as well as possible careers associated with helping to maintain these
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan Writing to Right Wrongs (WRW) - $5000
This grant will suppor their work to combine civil rights/fair housing content and spoken word to empower at least 25 Union High School students with a better understanding of their rights, the importance of place and how to use their creative voice in positive ways to express themselves and impact their community.
Union High School JROTC Activities - $3,150
This grant supports their abillity to host one Military Ball for the three GRPS schools that have JROTC programs. During the 2019/20 school year, attend two (2) JROTC regional physical fitness competitions, and two (2) JROTC regional drill competitions.
Union High School Entertainment in the Cafeteria - $2,500
This grant supports initiatives to decrease the amount of behavioral referrals and incidents that occur in the cafeteria.
Sibley Elementary Lexia Reading Intervention - $2,000
This grant supports initiatives to increase reading skills. THe goals are that students in the 0-30th percentile in reading will grow to at least the 50th percentile. Students in the 30-50th percentile range will grow to at least the 70%ile. Students above the 50th percentile will grow to at least 80 percentile.
Increasing our Teacher Morale Project - $2,000
Each month of the school year, teachers and other staff will be honored/recognized for their contribution to Union High in a positive way. Folks will receive a token of appreciation and the others at the school will view their colleagues contribution. Secondly, the funding will ensure a lunch takes place.
Boyz to Men Club - $1,500
25 African American 9th graders who attend the mentoring sessions 80% of the time, who also increase their overall GPA or have 6/6 classes in which they are passing, are celebrated 1st semester and with a Craig Cruisers field trip by May 30, 2020.
Equity Team Study Resources - $1,500
By obtaining texts related to Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), they will build staff capacity for cultivating relationships with students of diverse backgrounds as well as develop understanding for how to move students forward cognitively, using brain-based science and CRT research.
Resources for ELL Cohort - $1,500
Students in the ELL cohort will grow to WIDA 3 as well as 2-3 grade levels on the MAP test.
Union High School Senior Campus Visits - $1,300
To increase the percentage of Union High School students who attend post-secondary options within 1 year of graduation, by 5% from the most recent data point of 2015-2016 graduates.
Sibley Elementary Kindergarten Math Workshop - $3,000
Students will increase their mathematical abilities on the NWEA MAP test from September, 2019 to May, 2020. The goal is for half of the class or more to increase their percentile ranking by 10 percentage points or greater from September to May
Sibley Familia Uniform Shirt - $3,000
This grant will be used to present to the students of Sibley Elementary a creative shirt design that represents students and their community. The plan is to present the shirts to the Sibley students and staff in February of 2020.
QUEENDOM Girls Group - $2,000
The goal of this project is to grow our group of girls from 15 to 30. The regular attenders will continue to show decreased suspensions, increased grades, and more positive behavior inside and outside of the classroom
Be nice. - $1,500
The goal is to reduce the number of students struggling with depression and suicidal ideation. This grant will support efforts to have more students involved in the groups and meeting with a clinician.
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.