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2022 fall Grants
$48,755.20 approved​

Arts and Culture Experience

Jessica Baese

Admission for all Dexter Alternative High School students to attend two arts and cultural performances sponsored by the University of Michigan, University Musical Society (UMS).

$210

Funds:

Students impacted:

15

Quiz Bowl Buzzers - Refurbish and New Sets

Denise Dutcher

This grant is for refurbishing the two existing sets of Creekside's Quiz Bowl Club buzzers and purchasing two new sets. Quiz Bowl has become popular in the past few years. Our new sets will help to ensure that everyone present has a buzzer. Refurbishing our old sets is more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

$1,917

Funds:

Students impacted:

40

New Marimba for the Dexter Band Program

Kenneth Moore

Purchase of a new marimba for use by the Dexter Band Program to support and further enhance the musical education of our band students. It will replace the program's old marimba, which was purchased in the early 1990s.

$7,000

Funds:

Students impacted:

500+

Open Spot Theater - Adaptive Theater for Students with Special Needs

Kalli Nowitzke/Kellison Kohler

The goal of this program is to allow full, active participation in a specially designed theater program tailored to the developmental and physical capabilities of our students with special needs.

$275

Funds:

Students impacted:

28

MAMUN Model United Nations Conference for DHS students

Angela Chea

Registration Fee for all interested DHS Model UN students to participate in the spring Model UN Conference (Mid-American Model UN - MAMUN), run by the Mid-American Global Education Council.

$1,380

Funds:

Students impacted:

20

The Coral Reef Project

Wilbur Tong

Students will create a coral reef ecosystem aquarium for Oceanography class.

$981

Funds:

Students impacted:

23

Outdoor Toys for Preschool Children (Ages 2.5 - 5)

Morgan Rogers

Outdoor-quality toy lawn mowers and shopping carts to engage preschool children (ages 2.5 through 5 years old) in imaginative play outside.

$629

Funds:

Students impacted:

53

Reflex Math

Britnie Bell

Reflex Math subscription for math intervention students in order to grow in their fact fluency and build confidence in their math skill.

$1,225

Funds:

Students impacted:

35

3D Printing: The Power of Prototyping

David Yon

3D printing has been around for several years and it is a industry standard practice of prototyping design ideas. Students have the power to create anything they can imagine into a physical model and test their ideas. 3D modeling to create working prototypes changes the game and allows students to grow a deeper understanding of how & why things work.

$1,650

Funds:

Students impacted:

50+

Charles H. Wright Museum Trip

Kelly Parachek

This grant will provide admission fee to the Charles H. Wright Museum for every 5th grade student at Creekside.

$3,036

Funds:

Students impacted:

276

Sensory Support

Kaitlin Schmoekel

Sensory Supports for all students to aid with self regulation, de-escalation strategies or calming activities.

$3,432

Funds:

Students impacted:

750

Iron Dread Teambulr Fund

Chris Whittaker

Teambuldr weight room management software. This program allows us to better track and manage our entire Strength and Conditioning program.

$1,800

Funds:

Students impacted:

650+

Community Based Instruction Transportation Training

Kalli Nowitzke/Kellison Kohler

The goal of this program is to go into the community and practice academic goals and career goals in real life scenarios. This helps students to see the purpose in their learning and make connections between what they are learning in school and how it applies to the real world, future living and employment. The students in the High Needs Resource Room also plan to complete the community lessons with peers. The students will also work on using public transportation to obtain access to the community as public transportation is how our students will gain independence in their community as their peers of the same age learn to drive on their own.

$1,900

Funds:

Students impacted:

20

Ooznest Workbee CNC Router Machine

Annette Jones

A CNC Router MakerSpace and Science department STEM projects. The CNC router machine is programmed by the student and can make full 3D engravings in hard and soft wood as well as MDF, acrylic and Plexiglass.

$2,755

Funds:

Students impacted:

1000

Ambient Classroom Lighting

Ruth Hamilton

Eight rechargeable table lamps to provide ambient lighting to allow my students to feel calmer and more focussed yet still giving enough light to allow them to complete their work.

$279

Funds:

Students impacted:

150

Video Projects

Steve Wincent

Document cameras for student projects that require video creation (news broadcasts, paper slide videos, and more!). These cameras have built-in microphones, and can be used for recording, webcams, and more!

$208

Funds:

Students impacted:

100

Boxes and Bands for Strength and More

Katherine Kuzma

Youth Heavy Foam 3 in 1 Plyo Boxes and Resistance Bands for Mill Creek Physical Education students to learn and practice Iron Dread warm up and strength exercises, improve our focus on flexibility and mobility, and to provide more opportunity during our regular class activities, including Muscle Monday, Teamwork Tuesday, Workout Wednesday (student created), and Fitness Friday.

$1,461

Funds:

Students impacted:

507

University of Michigan Natural History Museum Trip for 4th Grade

Kylie Benson

Admission to the University of Michigan Natural History Museum and the stream table add-on experience for all fourth grade students to explore and learn about Michigan’s geologic history and bodies of water

$2,860

Funds:

Students impacted:

240

Ancient Studies at the Detroit Institute of Art

Christie Newsome

DIA admission for all 6th grade students to explore artifacts from ancient civilizations.

$1,434

Funds:

Students impacted:

239

Advanced Biology – Zoology Detroit Zoo Field Trip

Lesley Tracy

Detroit Zoo admission for four classes of Zoology from Dexter High School.

$1,342

Funds:

Students impacted:

110

Therapeutic Horse Riding Inc.

Kalli Nowitzke/Kellison Kohler

The students will learn how to care for horses, learn about careers on the farm, work on communication skills and work on sensory activities with the horses as well as complete a project with volunteers at the Therapeutic Horse Riding Inc. in Ann Arbor.

$350

Funds:

Students impacted:

28

Facing History and Ourselves- Confronting the American and Global Legacy of the Holocaust

Jaime Dudash/Zach Lindke, Andrew Parker/Ryan Baese/ Angela Chea

This grant would support Transportation and admission to the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. This hands on experience will allow every 9th grade American History 9 and the IB World History HL student the opportunity to view the museum collection and have a live presentation with a direct descendant of a Holocaust survivor.

$900

Funds:

Students impacted:

300

Brewing Independence

Kellison Kohler

Seeking support for supplies to help maintain an EFD-funded, small coffee business run by Dexter High School High Needs Resource Room and Vocational Training Students that teaches job skills, financial literacy, and independence.

$155

Funds:

Students impacted:

10

Let’s Go Digital!

Krickett Chamberlain

iPad tablets with Procreate for Foundations of Art, Illustration and Advanced Drawing & Painting to use to gain an understanding of the high demand for Graphic Design, Product Design and Digital work in the vastly changing world of Artistic Careers.

$2,329

Funds:

Students impacted:

160

Disability Awareness Workshop

Melanie Dever/Katey Robinson/Steve Wincent/David Yon/Danna Webber

On-site experiential learning workshops where students experience a bit of what it’s like to live with a disability

$800

Funds:

Students impacted:

103

Mill Creek Science Zoo Field Trip

Jill Jastren/Marianne Mutschler/Liz Melvin/Beth Smith

Detroit Zoo admission for all seventh and eighth grade students to explore ecosystems and their interconnected network of living and nonliving components along with exploring animal adaptations and human impacts on these ecosystems.

$6,204

Funds:

Students impacted:

509

Dog Visits With A Purpose!

Narda Black

This grant includes 19 individual classroom visits with the Huron Valley Humane Society ACE (Animal Care Education) Teacher and a service dog that will serve as a kick-off for a Wylie school-wide upcycle animal towel drive in January 2023.

$1,500

Funds:

Students impacted:

457

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