Since 2013, the Education Foundation has made more than 125 Inspiration Grants, worth over $125,000 in total, to support creative initiatives in all 11 MCPASD schools.
Teachers and staff are invited to apply each year for grants ranging from $250 to $2500 to fully or partially fund innovative and unique projects that go beyond the traditional learning environment to create truly inspiring experiences that complement the district’s educational goals.
The most recent round of grants was awarded in May of 2021, when 5 grants totaling over $5500 went to teachers and staff at five MCPASD schools.
A year later, as the foundation prepares to announce the 2022 Inspiration Grant recipients, two of last year’s grant winners are reporting on the impact of their projects: making period supplies available, free of charge, to students at the district’s middle schools and high school, respectively.
The Middle School Period Poverty Project, proposed jointly by Kromrey Middle School Social Worker Nichole Carlisle and Glacier Creek Middle School Social Worker Susan Sims-Mormino, has been stocking the girls’ bathrooms at each school.
At Glacier, Susan stocks the products herself and also receives help from a special education teacher and student volunteers to keep the bathrooms stocked. At Kromrey, Nichole has partnered with staff in the functional skills program, where the re-stocking is done as a student job, supported by a special education para. At both buildings, this particular job allows students to engage in physical activity while working on counting skills.
The High School Period Poverty Project serves students across the MCPASD High Campus.
At Middleton High School, the products are restocked twice a week by students in the Work and Life course or Transitions Program. There is also a QR code on the supply boxes that students can scan and fill out a form indicating the need for more supplies in that bathroom. At Clark Street Community School, the School Social Work Intern has been restocking the bathrooms regularly and students also report directly to the main office when supplies are running low. Period supplies are bagged and available to take home in the Cardinal Nest, a food, clothing, and personal care closet available to all students at both MHS and CSCS.