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Grants Encourage Exceptional Ideas

The Central Lyon Foundation funds Lion Grants, a program that encourages exceptional ideas that will improve the educational process.  It is designed to stimulate the development of projects that will improve instruction, but not serve as a primary source for equipment, materials, or operational revenue.  The program provides resources to educators to implement creative ideas at their school or in their area of responsibility.  The awards are an avenue to explore, develop and refine the educator's ideas for improving the education of our students.  Any educator employed within the district may submit a Lion Grant request.

The Foundation appreciates CL teachers' interest in this funding source and look forward to receiving applications. Applications will be reviewed and awarded in April, with the applications due April 1. Applications should be completed via an Excel form by clicking here.

The 2018 Lion Grant recipients are listed below, with awards totaling $7,876.29.


Applicant(s) Purpose of the proposal Items
Mandi Hare To gain lab materials for the middle school life science and earth science classes. Balsa Wood $300
 In Earth Science we do 2 labs that work with Balsa wood. The wood is used to build earthquake towers. The students get the opportunity to design a town that will withstand a certain magnitude for an earthquake. The other project using balsa wood is building solar cars. The student use solar panels to power their car. The cars need to be lightweight but durable. The different balsa wood that will be order is 1/16 x 4 x12, 1/10 x 4x 12, and ¼ x ¼ x 36.
Measuring scale $100
The Scales will be used in several labs throughout the year in both grade levels. The scales will be digital, which will allow students to get accurate measurements. With the supplies we have now is not adequate for the larger class sizes coming into the middle school. 
Hot mitts $50
We do serval labs with hot plates. Now we have two sets of gloves the students share among six tables. I would like each table to have their own set for their safety and convince. 
Jerome Pytleski  To be able to have the students create Lego League Robots they can CODE to perform different tasks.   6 - Lego Education Wedo Construction 9585 Resource Sets  (75.00 per kit though eBay)
Susan VanWyhe Provide high quality cam cord for CL Middle School Students Panasonic HC-V770K Full HD Camcorder B&H # PAHCV770 MFR # HC-V770K
 Qty Brand Item Description Price Total
 Price After $100.00 Instant Rebate Exp. 03/24/18 (hoping to get an extension)
 Manufacturer's Rebate Free Item
Jodi Schrick The purpose of this proposal is to provide well written, high interest books to elementary and junior high students.   Olympic Stars (6 titles – Aly Raisman, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Usain Bolt) - $113.70
Great Moments in Olympic Sports (7 titles – Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Skating, Skiing, Snowboarding, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field) - $160.65
Great Sports (6 titles – Baseball, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Soccer) - $119.70
Olympic Trivia - $22.95
Marc Records and Labels - $21.00
Shipping - $43.80
Grand Total = $481.80
Amy Sieperda To request funding for the 4th Grade presentation and demonstrations of the Science Center of Iowa (DesMoines) $500
Sheila Maxwell To add alternative seating options to my classroom. Kore Patented ADJUSTABLE height Active Sitting for Children, Kids, Teens $99.99 each on Amazon.com (the library has the same stools)
Nola Jones & Kristi Kahl Flexible seating options for special education students  $500
Tammy Hoppe I propose a Lion Grant for the K - 6 visual arts program for sculptural materials for every CL student grade K - 6 to learn, create, and enjoy.  Students at CL thoroughly enjoy creating 3-D works, and the benefits of working through such multidimensional learning activities helps build lifelong problem solving skills and creative confidence.
Typically, the usual 3-D materials and overall unit itself are quite expensive.  This Lion Grant would give students the opportunity to explore advanced and diverse learning and problem solving activities that would not be available to them with the usual school supplies budget.
The media and materials necessary for this proposed 3-D learning unit include sculpture wire, wire-cutting and shaping tools, amateurs, form-filling material, clay, patina media, and sculpture bases.  Additional small materials include the basics such as sculpture tape, glue, paint, and other media for the finishing elements of the artwork.  These media and materials can be purchased in one lump order for $500, and additional consumable materials will be purchased as refills become necessary for $25 - $40.  With this budget every CL learner K – 6 will be able to create a meaningful 3-D masterpiece.
Tabitha Snyder New Camera for Journalism/Yearbook Staff Canon EOS Rebel T6- Ranges in price: $400-$500
Ann Langholdt Update and replace old and broken instruments 3 Alto Glockenspiels @ $150.00 = $450.00
Shipping 5% of order $25.00
Tana Meyer To enrich and challenge my students in the area of Math and Science Math Centers Bundle by Not So Wimpy Teacher on TpT- $50
Math Menu Choice Board by Not So Wimpy Teacher on TpT - $18
Math Interactive Notebooks by Not So Wimpy Teacher on TpT - $45
Task Card Bundle for STEM Bins by Brooke Brown on TpT - $5
STEM Bins by Brooke Brown on TpT - $6
Ziploc Double Zipper Gallon Storage Bags, 66 ct at WalMart - $7.37 X 2 = $14.74
Zippered Binder Pencil Pouch with Rivet Enforced Hole 3 Ring Pencil Case 5 Pack on Amazon - $9.99 X 2 = $19.98
Storex Pencil Cases, Box of 12 at WalMart - $23.99 X 2 = $47.98
WalMart Gift Card for $200 for items to put in the STEM/STEAM Bins and keep replenished for a few years - examples include but not limited to Legos, Jumbo Craft sticks, toothpicks, Velcro Dots, pipe cleaners, playdoh, dominoes, pattern blocks, tape, Dixie Cups, index cards, unifix cubes, etc.

The deadline for applications will be April 1st of each year - funds will be available for the following school year.  There is no minimum request level, and although exceptions can be made, the maximum request is $500.  The Foundation Board reserves the right to consider requests at other times or carry dollars forward if the annual allocation has not been expended


The Central Lyon Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Industrial Arts Education and Vocation Agriculture Education. It is the policy of the Central Lyon Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to the Superintendent, Central Lyon CSD, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246, (712) 472-2664, superintendent@centrallyon.org. Please see District Board Policies for additional information on grievance procedures.