Our roster of 2017 grants

Student Enhancement Grants:

For the 2016-2017 school year, the following projects were undertaken to build a rich learning environment and a bright future for Pendleton and Lapel students:

1. Lapel Elementary PBIS Committee (Holly Manning, Amanda Russo, Christa Klettheimer, Kitty Simpson, Ryan Scott, Jill Guion, Donna Baker, Shelley Busch): $2000 was awarded to the PBIS committee for a schoolwide “Paws Pride” positive behavior toolkit. A schoolwide program, the toolkit provides communication and modeling posters, badges, and spirit sticks. Affecting all 700 students over multiple years, “Paws Pride” will be provide the structure of the school’s behavioral education for years to come.

2. Lapel Elementary and Middle School STE(A)M Team (Andrea Allison, Zach Fuqua, Robert Jennings, Drew Beahm): $1700 was allocated for the creation of a STE(A)M Corner serving Lapel students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The STE(A)M Corner will include grade level appropriate challenge cards and materials for students to design, build, make, measure, learn, and solve while channeling creativity, collaboration and communication skills.

3. Lapel High School Science Department (Donna Caudill): $1000 was awarded to purchase a 3D printer and replacement filament spools. The printer and corresponding instruction will satisfy new science standards and will help learners understand or visualize ideas, processes, and systems.

4. Pendleton Elementary Primary (Tonya Boynton): $300 was awarded for material costs of a large scale mosaic tile installation featuring the multiplication chart along with squares and square roots of numbers. Fourth grade students will complete the project and the entire school will benefit from its colorful instruction in number sense and computation, an area targeted for schoolwide improvement.

5. Pendleton Elementary Intermediate (Arlene Bennett, Kim Collier, Jennifer Gosch): $2000 was awarded for “Growing, Gathering, and Giving” a real life application of math, science, and character development through gardening. Learning labs associated with planting, harvesting, and distributing vegetables and flowers will take place in a greenhouse accessible to all students.

6. East Elementary (Veronica Collins, Delynn Hatheway, Ashley Gustin): $2000 will be invested in Makerspaces for upper elementary students. Aligned with state standards, the new materials will develop students as innovative thinkers as they learn how things are made and conduct scientific investigations. Students will work to solve problems collaboratively across curriculum and grade level.

Community Enhancement Grants:

Reviewers judged applications on factors including their impact, sustainability model and on the rationale whereby the proposed project would create a bright future for the citizens of South Madison County. Grants were awarded to:

1. More Than Conquerors ($5000) for Camp Victorious 2017
2. Aspire Indiana ($4000) for Kids Talk: Preventing & Addressing abuse and neglect
3. Pendleton Elementary Primary ($6500) for inclusive playground project
4. Anderson/Stony Creek Public Library ($1920) for Lapel Summer Reading Program
5. Markleville Police Department ($7300) for Traffic Safety Improvement

Open Hearts, Open Purses Grants:

Open Hearts, Open Purses is the Women’s Giving Circle initiative of the South Madison Community Foundation. OHOP members each contribute $100 per year, pooling the gifts of 100 members to offer a $10,000 grant to a local nonprofit organization for a project designed specifically to benefit the residents of Adams, Fall Creek, Green, and/or Stony Creek Townships of Madison County, Indiana.  The grant is awarded to the organization receiving the most member votes following a live presentation by grant finalists.

OHOP 2017: Grant Recipient- Falls Park-Brown Pool ($10,000) for Dive In 2 Swim providing swim lessons to families in need of financial assistance

Finalist Awards: ($1500 each) to More Than Conquerors and Pendleton Elementary Primary School.

Junior OHOP Grant: ($350) to Pendleton Elementary Primary's Inclusive Playground Project