• 2016-2017 Ankeny Schools Foundation Grant Recipients

    The Ankeny School Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Foundation grants the 2016-2017 school year.  This year the foundation provided 67 grants totaling $49,526.03. This is an increase of 26 grants and $16,000 from the previous year's granting cycle.  

    Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded nearly $370,000 to teachers, clubs, students, and parents for use in educational endeavors that benefit students in Ankeny and reach beyond the regular budget limitations of the school system.

    "We are excited to provide these grants to help support the educational experience of students in Ankeny Schools," said Darrin Eilander, Foundation President. "The teachers and students alike have been thrilled to receive money for everything from robots and books to events and activities." 

Grant Name Recipient School Amount
Engaging Students in Behavior Modeling Trudy Egli Parkview Middle School $399.00
Take-Home Book Project Charity Wenham Southeast Elementary School $1000.00
"Hooking" Prairie Trail Readers with Authentic Reading Joni Clay, Ryan Miller, Amy Stupka, Madison Dupuis Prairie Trail $500.00
Teaching Fifth Grade Iowa Common Core Standards through Technology Lisa Bennet, Jackie Gibbons, Sarah Miller Westwood Elementary School $548.00
Des Moines Performing Arts Field Trip Debra Johnson, Leah Preisser Parkview Middle School $317.71
More Controlled Chapter Books for Struggling Readers Lisa Bennett, Westwood General Ed. Teachers with students with IEP's Westwood Elementary School $593.55
Explicit Phonics Instruction for Students Receiving Title I Reading Services Louise Meyer Southeast Elementary $810.70
Innovation for the Future Chelsey Blough Westwood Elementary School $846.00
Project Fresh Start Dave Kissinger All Schools $1,000
Flexible Classrooms Jacey Jahn Ashland Ridge Elementary School $1,000
Prairie Trail Sensory Room Laura Lichti, Chelsey Benoit, Tara Myers, Katie Despotovich Prairie Trail Elementary School $500.00
Fifth Grade Reading Relays Alana Dunkin, Amy Neville, Corissa Thompson Westwood Elementary $375.00
Flexible Seating To Meet Students Needs Chelsey Benoit, Laura Liechti, Katie Despotivich, Tara Myers Prairie Trail Elementary $1,000
Maker-Space Robots Linette Mace Ashland Ridge Elementary $400.00
Student Dry Erase Boards Mandy Wood, Amy Thompson, Kylie Vetter Northwest Elementary $400.00
#CHANGELIVES Maria Mattiace, Mary Snyder, Courtney Wittington, Arin Renaud Northview Middle School $368.67
Northview Middle School Mock Trial Teams Kathryn Cooper, Amy Akers Northview Middle School 350.00
Which Renewable Resource, wind or solar, is best for NVMS? Kate Harken, Joleen Henning, Charles Knight, Suada Kuburas Northview Middle School $1,000.00
BREAKOUT EDU boxes Kathryn Cooper, Kirstin Shelley Northview Middle School $700.00
BreakoutEDU Games Molly McConnell Prairie Ridge Middle School $1000.00
VR Field Trip Amy Halstead Ashland Ridge Elementary $1000.00
Collaboration Stations Tom Honz Centennial High School $1,000.00
Compact Impact Wrenches Scott Becker Centennial High School $719.03
Utilizing headphones to assist student use of technology Don Young, Andy Fehn, Morgan Burtnett Prairie Ridge Middle School $468.00
Ankeny 9th Speech Team Erin Bosley Southview Middle School $1000.00
  • About the Ankeny Schools Foundation

    The Ankeny Community School District Foundation is an independent non-profit organization operated by community volunteers dedicated to motivating and inspiring high quality education in Ankeny, both today and into the future. Established in October 2000, the Foundation supports and enhances educational opportunities in the school district. The Foundation is the only community volunteer organization that serves all schools in the District and provides a way for the community to support all educators, volunteers, and students.

    Through the yearly grant program, funds are available to students, teachers and organizations to provide educational opportunities that are not funded from the school district budget. The Foundation Awards Committee determines the distribution of awards, based on academic quality and need.

    Annual scholarships for Ankeny students are also supported by the Foundation. Scholarships are administered by the local Dollars for Scholars group, as directed by the donor or memorial established.

    The non-profit status of the foundation offers tax benefits to donors such as alumni, individuals interested in tax-deductible donations, estates, and memorials. The Foundation is funded solely by private grants, endowments, and donations.