Congratulations to Ashley Stanton (St. Joseph), Amy Lee (Fulton 58), and Portia Boyer (Potosifor winning $100 classroom grants from the Missouri State Teachers FoundationMSTF promotes excellence in teaching and education. Read the awardees’ quotes below.

Ashley Stanton:
I would love to buy bus passes for the students in my job development classes. One of the major hold ups to students getting a job is the fact they cannot get there. With this grant I would be able to buy passes for the students to go along with the unit I am teaching about riding the bus. Our bus company has ride ambassadors who will come and talk with students about riding the bus but until they try it themselves, they cannot generalize the skill. I believe if we want students to become employable then we need to smash every barrier that could potentially be in their way. I would like for us to ride the bus from school to Missouri Western. While we are at Missouri Western, we could tour two places of potential employment. This way, students could see the end goal of somewhere to work and get the experience of riding on the bus. Most students in my classes have not been to Missouri Western before or seen the commercial grade kitchen where they could work.

Amy Lee:
This semester my Advanced Foods Class has been making cakes and icings from scratch as we have been learning about different trends and flavors throughout the history of baking. The students have learned to think outside the box with different flavors and techniques so far. I would like to take the students a little further by teaching them more about the art of baking. We have watched some baking competitions on the internet and they have gotten excited to give it a try. With this project my students would be decorating their own layered cake using cake decorating techniques learned in the classroom. To focus on the decorating part, I would be purchasing the students premade cake rounds and buttercream frosting from Sam’s Club. Each student would have the opportunity to create their own 2-layer cake. The students would focus on the decorating part at this point and not have to worry about making the cake and frosting. They would just focus on creating a decorative masterpiece. 

Portia Boyer:
If I am selected, I would use the grant money to purchase additional earbuds for our students. Students use earbuds regularly to listen to lessons and assessments on computers and Chromebooks. I am a Title I teacher that routinely sets up individualized lessons and assessments for students. Earbuds support self-paced learning plans. Additional earbuds would assist this process for students who cannot afford to provide their own earbuds. This also gives me the ability to replace school supplied earbuds that become defective with regular use. I appreciate MSTA’s consideration of this application and the continued support of teachers and the students they serve.

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