King George Education Foundation Names 2018 Innovation Grant Recipients

Immediate Release: November 19, 2018
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King George Education Foundation Names 2018 Innovation Grant Recipients

Awardees Include STEM, MakerSpace, and Career Advancement Programs

King George, VA — The King George Education Foundation (KGEF) today announced the recipients of its 2018 Innovation Grants. Over $3,500 in funding was awarded to faculty and staff at King George Elementary, Sealston Elementary, King George Middle and King George High Schools.

Annie Cupka, President of KGEF, issued the following statement:

“King George Education Foundation is thrilled to award four Innovation Grants in 2018, nearly doubling the amount of money awarded in any previous year. These grants help us accomplish a central goal of supporting innovative programs for students and employees of King George County Schools. We look forward to seeing how these dedicated faculty and staff members implement their ideas to inspire and educate students.”  

2018 Winners Include:

“Learning is Electric” by Yvonne Richard, King George Elementary School

  • Hands-on learning with Squishy Circuits allowing students to experiment with conductors and insulators and create their own circuits.

“Sealston STEM Club” by Sierra Hoskins & Theresa Lefeave, Sealston Elementary School

  • Expansion of educational robot and coding kits for STEM club, STEM classes, and community demonstrations.

“MakerSpace Tools” by Melissa Moody, Katherine Ross, and Ameer Mir, King George High School

  • Tools and materials for high school MakerSpace that would be available to all students for class projects and those who want to learn to build.

“Early College Career Exposure Program” by Jennifer Collins, Robin Mitchell, and Carleen Carey, Joint King George Middle School/King George High School

  • Reaching historically underserved communities through participation in the Alfred Street Baptist Church Historically Black College Festival.

Learn more about the King George Education Foundation at kgeducation.org.

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The King George Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission of uniting the community to enhance public education.

Application Period Opens for 2018-2019 Innovation Grants

The application period for the 2018-2019 school year Innovation Grants offered by the King George Education Foundation opened this week.

Download the 2018-2019 Grant Application

Purpose:

The King George Education Foundation (KGEF) supports efforts to enhance the quality of education in our public schools through innovation and creativity.  The Foundation seeks proposals that present promising ideas for achieving the district’s curricular goals, enhancing students’ personal development, and/or encouraging links with the community.  Proposals not selected to receive the KGEF Innovation Grant will be posted to the Foundation’s website for an opportunity to be directly funded by a community member, business or organization.

Grant Application Guidelines:

  • This is a competitive process and any King George County School Division (KGCSD) employee may apply.
  • Parents, community members, and students may submit project proposals in collaboration with a KGCSD employee.
  • Applicants may request funding up to $1,000 per proposal, though smaller proposals are encouraged.
  • The KGEF must receive all grant applications by close of business (4:00 pm) Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Foundation’s email address kgef14@gmail.com or mailbox at the school board office.
  • The KGEF grant committee will announce the winning proposal(s) at the November 19, 2018 school board meeting.
  • Grant recipient(s) will receive funds by November 21, 2018.

KG Education Foundation Hosts 4th Annual Evening of Excellence on May 16

The King George Education Foundation held its fourth annual Evening of Excellence on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at King George Middle School. The event recognized outstanding educators, community partners, donors, and support staff. It concluded with refreshments and a tour of the new FoxSmart Center.

The Evening of Excellence is one of many programs the Foundation has developed to fulfill the promise of its mission statement: “Uniting the community to enhance public education.” Awards and recognition that were presented include:

  • KGCSD Teachers of the Year
    • King George High School: Wade Harms
    • King George Middle School: Kevin Cheatham
    • King George Elementary School: Cathy Byrd
    • Potomac Elementary School: Deanne Shaw
    • Sealston Elementary School: Jennifer Sevart (Division Winner)
    • King George Preschool: Paige Strayer
  • PTA Outstanding Educators of the Year
    • King George High School: Patricia Dunn
    • King George Middle School: Elizabeth Campus
    • King George Elementary School: Dustin Pifer
    • Potomac Elementary School: Lillian Walker
    • Sealston Elementary School: Kristy Cowan
    • King George Preschool: Leslie Rawlins
  • KGCSD Outstanding Support Staff
    • Technology: Carla Webb
    • Transportation: Leslie Flynn
    • Food Service: Matthew Thomas
    • Custodial: Karen Wood
    • Maintenance: Robert Clift
    • Student & Family Services: Betsy Dzula
  • KGEF Innovation Grant Recipients
    • King George Middle School FoxBites Cooking Club
  • Outstanding Partners in Education
    • Barnes and Noble Fredericksburg
    • El Charro Restaurant
    • Catering by Carolyn
    • Dominos Pizza King George
    • Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant
  • Outstanding Donors
    • Youth In Philanthropy, a fund of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region
    • Paul’s Episcopal Church
    • Restoration Worship Center
    • KGCS Employee Withdrawal
    • Access Eyes
    • Stuart Ashton
    • BB&T King George & Colonial Beach Branches
    • King George High School Theatre Department
    • Raya Andrews

Following the formal program, attendees viewed the unveiling of the new FoxSmart Center, located in the former Vo-Tech Building at the middle school. FoxSmart is a one-stop shop for families and students in need, as well as staff members who continue to make classroom purchases from their own funds.

To learn more about the King George Education Foundation and its programs, visit kgeducation.org.

In the News: KGEF Presents FoxSmart to School Board

As seen in the Free Lance Star:

Staff members at King George County schools spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pockets buying supplies for students.

The King George Education Foundation wants to make it easier for students’ needs to be met by the entire community in a central location.

Annie Cupka, president of the foundation board, shared a presentation with the King George County School Board last week about the foundation’s desire to create a place called the FoxSmart Center, where school supplies, hygiene products, clothing, food and instructional materials could be distributed free to students in need.

“The vision here is a one-stop shop for students and families in need, as well as staff members who continue to purchase items for classroom use out of their own funds,” Cupka said.

They hope to kick off the initiative during the coming school year, she said.

Read more at the Free Lance-Star.