Excel and Impact Grants
Students learn when they are engaged. Excel and Impact grant funding gives teachers and school staff the ability to provide innovative learning opportunities to students at all grade levels. Experiences like field trips — transporting students offsite for real world learning, like visiting Seahurst Park to learn about salmon habitats or the University of Washington and Renton Technical College for career exploration. Building on to existing learning tools, like outfitting a library with books in many languages, with characters who look like the students who read them. Advanced tools such as robotics equipment to immerse students in math, coding, and engineering. Excel and Impact grants make these experiences possible.
Announcing the 2022-2023 Excel & Impact Grant Awards
Highline Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2022-2023 Excel & Impact Grant awards to support classroom innovation, enhance learning opportunities, and offer experiences that students may not otherwise be able to access. The Foundation received 22 applications, and the Excel & Impact Grant Committee elected to fund 21 grants during this cycle; additionally, one previously awarded grant was re-funded after the project was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, $46,879.68 in grant funding has been awarded to 15 schools or programs across Highline Public Schools, with projects ranging from puppet theaters to Virtual Reality and other technologies.
- 13 awards for a total of $11,161.68
Cascade Middle School
Rachel Fontenot, Digital Games to Increase Executive Function – $1,000
Glacier Middle School
Stephanie Kuborssy, New Music for a New School – $997
Gregory Heights Elementary
Shawn Will, Math Games – $995
Michele Brees, Disney in Schools: Jungle Book – $988.42
Sydney Farrer, Living History Field Trip to Camp Waskowitz – $424
Leonor Lopez Muñoz, Living History Field Trip to Camp Waskowitz – $995
Jennifer Reese, Living History Field Trip to Camp Waskowitz – $999
Amelia Swinton, Living History Field Trip to Camp Waskowitz – $999
Maritime High School
Beverly Pecoraro, Rainbow Friends Library – $500
McMicken Heights Elementary
Dawn Elwell, Language and Literature Through Puppets and Play – $364.26
New Start High School
Keni Kohl, Diverse Books of Interest for Community Building – $1,000
Anne Marie Littleton, Emotional Regulation Space at New Start HS – $1,000
Tyee High School
Stefan Green, Reading Achievement Support for SPED & ML Students at Tyee – $900
- Nine awards for a total of $35,718
- Bow Lake Elementary
Eleanor Cho, Series-ly Books: Emerging Readers – $3,900
- Sylvester Middle School
Stephanie Detwiler, Spanish Language Books for the Library – $3,000
- Midway Elementary
Marissa Goodell, Making Magic with Makey Makeys – $1,739
- Seahurst Elementary
Carolyn Zike, Turn Up the Volume: Seahurst’s Welcoming School Culture – $2,500
Jennifer Hefford-Anderson, Learning Through Play – $3,279
- Chinook Middle School
Josi Hodge, Nonfiction books to Support Science, Social Studies, and Digital Literacy – $6,000
- Mount View Elementary
Marcela Rico, Learning and Applying Social Skills, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership Skills (K-5) – $2,800
- New Start High School
Rohana Swihart, KeniHana Entrepreneur Technology Cooperative, $10,000
- Fine Arts/Music
Stefan Nelson, Summer Band & Orchestra (re-funded from 2019) – $2,500
The Excel Grant program was created in 2002 to support classroom innovation in Highline Public Schools, and to provide teachers the resources they need to help our students succeed. Excel Grants, this year up to $1,000, fund projects to enhance learning opportunities and experiences for students in the classroom. Past examples of funded projects have included the purchase of musical instruments, science and robotic kits, field trips, books and art supplies and more.
Impact Grants award up to $10,000 for a projects of a larger size and scope, often benefiting a whole school or district-wide project. Past examples include: Funding an Aquaponics for Sustainability system at Sylvester Middle School, investing in a program called Young Women in Computer Science in the Careers & College Pathways department, and supporting another program titled Improving Academic Success for Latino Students at Mt. Rainier High School to name a few examples.
Complete Your Excel & Impact Grant Final Report
When you have completed your Excel or Impact grant, please use the link above to submit the final report. Final Reports are due no later than May 15, 2023. Your final report includes both financial and program information and should include a narrative account of what was accomplished by the grant, including a description of progress made toward achieving the goals of the grant, results of measurable goals, and assurance that the activities under the grant have been conducted in conformity with the terms of the grant. Please be aware that failure to submit a final report in a timely fashion may preclude you from future grant consideration.
We use your stories to help us secure funding for the next Excel & Impact Grant cycle, so please include your photos, quotes from students, and other exciting elements in your report. We may post stories and photos of grants in action on our social media channels and website.
Questions, concerns, or issues submitting any piece of your final report? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org