Manson Teachers Receive $9,917 in Grants Awarded by Students

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The ASB students surprised Philip Fournier in his classroom with his award certificate announcing his grant for $586 to purchase a Knowledge Bowl timing box and response bars.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $9,917 in teacher grants to benefit the Manson School District through the Manson Giving Great Grants (MG3) fund.

Established in 2008 by Manson residents Jack and Gale Courtney, the MG3 is an annual grant program provides a unique opportunity for student leaders at Manson High School to become philanthropists.

Applications were submitted by teachers and staff to request support for several areas of the district. The Associated Student Body reviews each application, with oversight by Community Foundation staff, and select final award recipients.

“This is always such a special process to be a part of with the students” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy at the foundation. “They have really intentional discourse around school needs to determine which of the requests will best impact the school. It’s a great way to prime our youth in understanding the many important steps involved in philanthropy.”

The following is a list of the teachers and their projects awarded:

  • Madonna Carlton – $1,800 Coffee business program run by students with learning disabilities
  • Juliana Cameron – $1,400 Arts Attack 3rd/4th grade curriculum
  • Marcella Lindert – $1,300 Reading Lounge for elementary school students
  • Kamie Kronbauer – $1,000 Directed Studies: Math/Science Projects
  • Jennifer Koth – $1,000 Directed Studies: Arts/Literature Materials
  • Karoline Martin – $700 Books for the Library
  • Michelle Rogge – $600 Health Sciences Tool Box
  • Philip Fournier – $586 Knowledge Bowl timing box and response bars
  • Kayla Helleson – $581 Personal Safety Curriculum
  • Todd Smith – $500 5th Avenue Theater traveling fee
  • Alicia Alexander – $350 Listening Center in the elementary classroom

The MG3 is one of many Donor Advised Funds managed by the foundation. This type of fund allows donors to give to a charity anytime, often in response to a need in the community or to generally support causes close to the heart. While the fund as a grant program is unique, it demonstrates the flexibility of how Donor Advised Funds can fulfill charitable interests and goals.

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