Announcing the 2023-24 Educator Initiative Grant Recipients
A total of 177 educators from 57 Cherry Creek Schools have been awarded with an Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) for the 2023-24 school year, thanks to generous donations to the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation. See the full list here.
These grants of up to $1,200 will be used by teachers for a specific project designed to spark learning and align with the district’s core values. This year, educators proposed a variety of funding opportunities including student-led coffee cart programs, robotics kits, sensory rooms, musical instruments, and diverse books for libraries.
For Jordan Walton of Buffalo Trail Elementary, an Educator Initiative Grant helps support her students with significant support needs, such as language delays, autism, and intellectual disabilities.
“Through this grant, students will be provided with the opportunity in building life skills, peer relationships, and social skills through inclusive school activities, such as a school coffee cart, adaptive P.E, and unified sports clubs,” Walton said. “These opportunities help students in learning how to problem solve, engage in conversations, create friendships, and use mathematical concepts in real world situations.”
For Isaiah Runyan of Liberty Middle School, an Educator Initiative Grant helps his students learn about physics in a hands-on way.
“The "Speedsters: CO2 Dragster Wood Shop Project" empowers students to construct CO2-powered dragster cars using wood shop tools and materials, promoting innovation, teamwork, and creativity,” explained Runyan.