Foundation Awards Teachers with Multiple Grants

Foundation Awards Teachers with Grants

The Madison Central School Educational Foundation announced the Norm Johnson Educator Grant awards this spring. Foundation Director, Renae Prostrollo, said, “The Foundation encourages and rewards innovation in the classroom and provides educational and enrichment opportunities for students and staff beyond what is provided for within the school budget. Every year, we allocate more money for these grants and every year we work hard to find additional funds so we can fund even more of the staff requests.”

The foundations Norm Johnson Innovative Grant is for things like technology and classroom tools, books, and subscriptions, or experiences that innovate or enhance an educator’s classroom. Middle School Student Advocate, Megan Bundy, Humanity Launch- a half day retreat for grades 5-8th that was an interactive assembly that uses music, games and a personalized message to build a positive school culture and community; 5th grade teacher Jessica Dawson, Corner Classroom Cubbies for her students to organize supplies and books; 3rd grade teacher Lindsey Dietterle, added 3 sets of Pioneer Literature to her classroom- Little House on the Prairie, Molly Pilgrim & My First Little House book sets; the Middle School Language Arts teachers, Danelle Keninger, Kim Sheppard and Cassaundra Brunick, added Multi Genre Texts in their Classrooms including Scope & Scholastic magazines, to give their Middle Schoolers resources that reflect real life interests. Kim Bruns, Jennifer Flemming & Valerie Wilkens, Middle School Reading teachers, added Scholastic Action, a digital and print magazine that provides thrilling multigene stories at various reading levels. Finally, Middle School teachers Kindra Wiese & Bruns, added a life skills guidebook to be used with all MS students to help students learn and grow.

The Norm Johnson Educator Enhancement Grant is for professional development opportunities for educators such as conferences and book studies. The following educators received awards to help them attend professional development opportunities: 3rd grade teacher, Dietterle, “Encourage to Focus on What Really Matters” book study; HS Teacher, Nikki Troxell- Advanced Placement for AP Language and Composition; 6th grade Flemming, Beneath the Surface of Words, book study.

The Foundation also awarded one Performing and Fine Arts grant. High School Musical Director, Anne Elisa Brown, received funds to hire a choreographer for the spring musical.

During the 2021-22 school year, the Foundation has awarded $5700 in grants to better prepare the teachers, students, and staff in our school district. If you would like to donate to the Norm Johnson or Performing & Fine Arts grants, please contact executive director, Renae Prostrollo at

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