Education Grants for Schools

Education Grants for Schools

Each spring, Corn Belt Energy supports innovation in the classroom through our Education Grants Program. Five schools that serve children of Corn Belt electric members will each be awarded $1,500 to fund a specific program or project that enhances education. In addition, one school will be awarded the $2,000 Jeff Reeves Memorial Education Grant. The Jeff Reeves Memorial Education Grant was established to honor the memory of Corn Belt Energy former President and CEO, Jeff Reeves.

Public or private schools that serve children of Corn Belt electric members may apply; the school does not need to receive power from Corn Belt. An impartial panel of judges will review the grant applications and preference will be given to projects and programs that enhance learning and are not currently being funded through the school’s budget.

Teachers and administrators of public or private K-12 schools that serve Corn Belt cooperative families may apply. (The school itself does not need to receive electricity from Corn Belt.)

Click here to download the 2017 Education Grant Application.

For more information, please contact Hillary Cherry, Director of Communications at 1-800-879-0339 x250 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

2016 Grant Recipients:

Glenn Elementary School*
Applicant: Michelle Wagehoft, 3rd Grade Teacher
Request: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Club and Lego Robotics Kits

* 2016 Jeff Reeves Memorial Education Grant Recipient

Evans Junior High School
Applicant: Katherine Brown
Request: Transforming Literature into Old Time Radio Broadcasts

Galva Junior Senior High School
Applicant: Stephanie Peterson, Science Teacher
Request: To purchase scientific probe-ware

El Paso Gridley Junior High School
Applicant: Cheryl Prairie-Steber, Art Teacher & District Librarian
Request: To purchase materials to make a mini mobile maker space including science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) materials

Sheridan School
Applicant: Kristi Sutter
Request: Curbside book checkout

Mulberry School
Applicant: Sheila Snyder, Director of Finance
Request: Technology Literacy Startup Project to bring technology to classrooms

 

2015 Grant Recipients:

LeRoy Elementary School*
Applicant: Andrew Scott, Music Teacher
Request: To start a school radio station

* 2015 Jeff Reeves Memorial Education Grant Recipient

Colene Hoose Elementary
Applicant: Kathie Brown, 3rd Grade Teacher
Request: To purchase Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading Kits

Monticello Christian Academy
Applicant: Jeanne Shaffer, Administrator
Request: To start a school gardening project

Normal West High School
Applicant: Barb Bush, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator
Request: To purchase Real Care Baby starter kits

Olympia Middle School
Applicant: Jason Smith, Technology Teacher
Request: To purchase Sparkfun's Inventor's Kits to teach children hands on programming

Regional Alternative School
Applicant: Katie Nichols, Student Services Liason
Request: To purchase hardware and supplies for science

 

2014 Grant Recipients:

Benjamin Elementary (Bloomington)
Applicant: Christine Sewell, 5th Grade Teacher
Request: To purchase books and educational building materials to augment science curriculum

Clinton Junior High
Applicant: Kisha Maurer, 6th Grade Science teacher
Request: To purchase a Flocabulary subscription, which incorporates music and video to help students learn at a higher level

Colene Hoose Elementary (Normal)
Applicant: Kathie Brown, 2nd Grade Teacher
Request: To purchase social studies project kits to enhance learning

Normal West High School
Applicant: Barb Bush, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator
Request: To purchase balance balls and resistance bands to encourage core strengthening

Olympia High School
Applicant: Wendy Bowers, Math Teacher
Request: To purchase hands-on, interactive materials for use with algebra and geometry curriculum

 

2013 Grant Recipients:

Deland-Weldon High School
Applicant: Margaret Bultman, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher
Request: To purchase two kitchen ranges and eight sewing machines for her classroom

Fieldcrest South Elementary (Minonk)
Applicant: Michael Brown, K-4 Music Teacher
Request: To purchase an interactive white board for the music room

Gibson City Melvin Sibley (GCMS) High School
Applicant: Susan Riley, Teacher
Request: To purchase a PASCO sensor bundle and software for biology class

Normal Community West High School
Applicant: Barb Bush, Family & Consumer Sciences Department Chair
Request: To purchase pedometers, heart rate monitors and body fat analyzers

Somonauk High School
Applicant: Toni Saso, Agriculture and Science Teacher
Request: To purchase Vernier lab equipment for ag and science classes

 

2012 Grant Recipients:

Heyworth Elementary School
Applicant: Anna Hanrahan, 3rd Grade Teacher
Request: To purchase materials for a "vermicomposting" worm farm project

Midland Middle School, Sparland
Applicants: Ginny Moore and David Hoshaw, Middle School Science Teachers
Request: To purchase supplies for an alternative energy science fair

Normal Community West High School
Applicant: Barb Bush, Family & Consumer Sciences Department Chair
Request: To purchase several indoor grills to teach students healthy cooking options

Olympia High School
Applicant: Chris Embry Mohr, Science Department Chair
Request: To purchase materials for aqua-culture projects where student raise and harvest tilapia

 

2011 Grant Recipients:

Bloomington School District 87
Applicants: Linn McDonald (Bloomington Jr. High) and Kristi Sutter (Sheridan Elementary)
Request: To purchase fourteen document cameras for use in BJHS and Sheridan classrooms

Fieldcrest South Elementary, Minonk
Applicant: Barbara Baumann, 4th Grade Teacher
Request: To purchase maps, a globe, and GPS devises for geography curriculum

Hartsburg-Emden School District
Applicant: Dr. Mary Ann Manos, Superintendent
Request: To cover expenses for a NASA traveling exhibit in November

Regional Alternative School, Bloomington
Applicant: Ron Folkens, Technology Coordinator
Request: To purchase online accounts to ixl.com to track and assess students' math skills

 

2010 Grant Recipients:

Annawan Grade School
Applicant: Justin Hovey, 4th Grade Teacher
Request: To purchase two Mimio interactive white boards for use in K-8 classrooms

Le Roy Elementary and Middle Schools
Applicant: Charlene Bokesch-Parsons, K-7 Art Teacher
Request: To fund a visual arts interdisciplinary library for K-7 classrooms, including a visually rich collection of multimedia art history resources

Trinity Lutheran School, Bloomington
Applicant: Karin Burwell, Lay Director of School Curriculum and Instruction
Request: To purchase and implement the Tri-Fit integrated health management program that allows educators to track fitness assessments and develop personalized health portfolios

Tri-Valley High School
Applicant: Jeff Benter, Science Teacher
Request: To purchase the i>clicker classroom response system which will accommodate immediate student feedback and evaluation of material retention, providing valuable information to the instructor

2009 Grant Recipients:

Bloomington Junior High School
Applicant: Michael Jones, Science Teacher and Dept. Chair
Request: To purchase equipment to create and post podcasts which will be available for student download

Knoxville High School
Applicant: Gay Johnson, Curriculum Director
Request: To purchase a weather station system to enhance the school’s science curriculum

ROWVA High School, Oneida
Applicant: Jeffrey Heinrich, Chemistry and Physics Teacher
Request: To purchase Personal Response Devices (also referred to as classroom clickers) which allow the teacher to accurately assess the comprehension of all students in the classroom

St. Mary’s School, Bloomington
Applicants: Marta Mason and Donna Zvonar, Teachers
Request: To purchase GPS equipment and mapping software, and then use that technology to create meaningful learning activities in several fields of study.