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Thursday, April 19, 2012

FTEF Awards Grants

This year all 5 schools in the Fort Thomas Independent School District will have over $56,000 in additional funds to purchase new technology and supplies due to the Fort Thomas Foundation Foundation’s teacher grant program. This amount represents the most monies awarded by the Foundation in its history.  Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded over $422,000 in teacher grants for items that are above and beyond the district’s operating budget. Money raised through the Foundation’s Tailgate Club, annual appeal, dance and employee giving drive help support the teacher grant program.  Among this year’s grant awards are:

  • iPads for a pilot program for the elementary schools to Jon Stratton, principal of Johnson Elementary, Jay Brewer, principal of Moyer Elementary, and Keith Faust, principal of Woodfill Elementary, for a total of $25,160;
  • Musical instruments for the music programs to Mary Scaggs and Dave Rockel, music teachers at Johnson, Moyer and Woodfill Elementary Schools for a total of $10,000;
  • Seven (7) document cameras to Jon Stratton, principal of Johnson Elementary, for a total of $2,793;
  • Eleven (11) document cameras to Jay Brewer, principal of  Moyer Elementary, for a total of $4,389;
  • Two (2) classroom sets of the Smart Response XE interactive response system for a pilot program in the Math Department to Stephanie Ewald of Highlands Middle School for a total of $4,798;
  • Video camera, software and equipment for a middle school broadcast news program to Lisa Birkley of Highlands Middle School for a total of $2,953;
  • Video/digital camera and podium for a public speaking class to Dianne Yelton of Highlands Middle School for a total of $842;
  • Buzzers for the HHS Quick Recall Team and 8th grade science class to John Warford of Highlands Middle School for a total of $580;
  • Five (5) digital cameras for the middle school art program to Collin Shadwell of Highlands Middle School for a total of $1,030;
  • Digital camera for the high school art program to Kristine Donnelly and Andy Eckerle of Highlands High School for a total of $625;
  • Physics cart and ramp system for the Physics Department to Tim Auch of Highlands High School for a total of $3,500.

FTEF Chairperson Beth Hudepohl is pleased with the success of the teacher grant program.  She stated, “It was great to feel the excitement and appreciation from the students and the teachers as we presented the recipients with their Foundation Grants. We thank all the supporters of the Foundation who enabled us to make a huge impact this year by fulfilling the largest monetary requests ever distributed in one year.”

Superintendent Gene Kirchner added, “The FTEF grants are a wonderful investment in the future of our children and represent the true spirit of our community.”

Formed in 1992, the Fort Thomas Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) separate from the district, believes that the education of our children is of paramount importance to the future of Fort Thomas. The mission is to provide funds beyond the operating budget for educational programs and activities for students and staff.  Foundation funds may be used to facilitate student and staff excellence, provide equipment and capital needs and expand community resources through the active involvement of individuals, businesses, and civic organizations.

For more information on how to donate to the Fort Thomas Education Foundation or for information about how to leave the Foundation in your will or estate plans, please contact Jennie King at 859-815-2004 or

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