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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fort Thomas Education Foundation Passes Half Million Dollar Mark in Grants

The back row: Frank Meyer (FTEF Board), Amy Hills (FTEF Board), Norma Lawless (Moyer Asst Principal), Tracie Malone (Moyer 1st grade teacher) and Megan Abner (FTEF Board). Picture provided.
This year all five schools in the Fort Thomas Independent School District will have over $27,000 in additional funds to purchase new technology and supplies due to the FTEF (Fort Thomas Foundation Foundation) teacher grant program.  2001, the FTEF has awarded over $518,000 in teacher grants for items that are above and beyond the District’s operating budget. Money raised through the annual appeal helps support the teacher grant program.  FTEF Board Members formed a “Grants Patrol” and toured the District on Thursday and Friday to announce the grant recipients, surprising teachers in their classrooms.  Among this year’s grant awards are:


This year all five schools in the Fort Thomas Independent School District will have over $27,000 in additional funds to purchase new technology and supplies due to the FTEF (Fort Thomas Foundation Foundation) teacher grant program.

·         $10,000 to all three elementary schools in the District to expand the iPad in the Classroom Pilot Program into the 1st grades at Moyer and Johnson Elementary Schools and the 3rd grade at Woodfill Elementary School;
·         $2,500 to Collin Shadwell, Art teacher at Highlands Middle and High Schools, for a glaze making station and supplies for ceramics;
·         $4,367 to Kathleen Lemmons and Melinda Greenwood, teachers for the District’s Gifted and Talented Program, for EV3 robotics software and Lego packs for their students and the Robotics Teams;
·         $870 to Elise Carter, Business teacher at Highlands High School, for a point-of-sale system for the new student-run bookstore;
·         $10,000 to Mark Goetz, principal at Highlands Middle School, to help fund the STEM Lab, a student-directed, computer-based program for bioengineering, engineering rowers, vehicle design, mobile app design, package design and robotics).

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.  FTEF 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.

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