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2016-2017 Minigrants 

Minigrants are cash awards funded by the Wilson Education Partnership (WEP) to educators for new innovative and creative classroom projects.  The maximum funding amount for any project is $1,000. 

WEP encourages innovative and creative NEW projects. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to educators for worthy projects that show promise of benefiting students and improving educational performance. Grants must provide learning experiences in one of the following focus areas:

  • Health and Wellness – New programs and activities within classrooms or entire schools that will engage students in making responsibly healthy decisions to improve their health and wellness. These grants are designated as Merck Health and Wellness Minigrants.
  • College and /or Career Readiness – New programs and activities within classrooms or entire schools that will engage students in learning about and preparing for college (or other post-high school academic training) and/or learning about and preparing for entry into the 21st century workforce.  

K-12 educators who work directly with students in any subject area are eligible to apply for funds. Click here to access the grant guidelines and application.   All applications are due by 5 p.m. on October 3, 2016.


**College and Career Ready Resources** 


2015-2016 Minigrants Funded by WEP


Fike High - “Career Center”
Description: Create a designated space for students to research careers and to access resources to help them learn about the interview process, completing job applications and writing cover letters.  Grant funds will purchase chairs, a printer, posters and resources to teach workplace soft skills.


Hunt High - “Teaching Collegiate Level Writing”
Description: Support students for preparation for the AP Language exam, improve SAT/ACT writing/English scores and help students improve their writing techniques so they are able to compose essays & research papers that are appropriate for college level work.  Grant funds will purchase a class set of textbooks to be used by the entire English Department.


Hearne Elementary - “Creating My Career Path”
Description:  Create opportunity for students to see college and career as a chance to succeed beyond what they have experienced or imagined due to limited exposure and experiences. Expose students to various careers and colleges through multiple avenues to produce a project which includes a college plan, career plan and financial aspects. Grant funds will purchase books and teaching resources about careers and tri-fold presentation boards .


Darden Middle - “Inquire – Apply – Succeed!”
Description: Provide all 6th grade students with hands-on experiences in the proper use of age-appropriate science equipment to experience teamwork and develop new problem-solving skills.   Grant funds will purchase measuring instruments and various science materials.


Forest Hills Middle - “Wonder the Possibilities”
Description: Conduct an “all school read” where students, administrators, faculty and staff read a book together. Parents will also be encouraged to read the book.  Grant funds will supplement other school funds to help purchase 716 copies of the book Wonder.


New Hope Elementary - “Lego Educational Curriculum”
Description:  Create a STEAM lab in the school to address diversity, enable students to think more critically and give students a global perspective of what jobs area available in the workforce. Grant funds will purchase LEGO educational curriculum and software, which will be used to introduce students to the STEAM lab and a new STEAM club.


Vinson-Bynum Elementary -  “STEMMING into the Future: Creating a STEM lab for Future Ready Workers”
Description: Create a new STEM laboratory within the school where all grade level students can participate in science learning experiences in a setting that is conducive for science activities.  Grant funds will purchase flip chart sets and instructional materials.


Winstead Elementary - “Tied” to SUCCESS!
Description: Male students in the 5th grade will receive their own necktie and female students will receive their own dress scarf. All students will receive a personal hygiene kit.  These tools will become the platform for a variety of activities designed to address soft skills that are valued in both school and the workplace.  Grant funds will purchase neckties, scarves and hygiene kits.


TOTAL AWARDED:  $7,982.34

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