September 2017 Winners
Rasa Campbell of Eliot-Hine Middle School and Jason Brown of H.D. Cooke Elementary School shared our September microgrant. The each received $237.50 for their projects.
Rasa’s project, “Finding Our Way”, will allow her students with autism to document their year through photography. Jason’s project “Clowning Around,” is an enrichment program for first and second graders to learn about the circus.
June 2017 Winner
Suzannah Weiss, who teaches at Columbia Heights Education Campus, won our June D.C. Soup microgrant, taking home $340.00 to fund her project, “Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Today’s Youth.”Suzannah teaches P.E. and has included yoga into her classes, but noticed students were not always calm and focused enough to benefit from the practice. She will use the funds to attend a week long training on how to teach mindfulness and meditation to students.
April 2017 Winner
Molly Mus, who teaches at Anacostia High School, won our April D.C. Soup microgrant, taking home $420.00 to fund her project, “Safe Water Wanted: Anacostia High School Kitchen Garden.”
Molly coordinates her school’s kitchen garden. But when she and her students realized that their spigot contained lead, they needed an alternative. Molly will use her D.C. Soup microgrant to purchase a rain barrel to collect rainwater as a safe alternative for watering their school garden.
January 2017 Winner
Joana Soria, a Spanish Language teacher at Powell Elementary School won our January D.C. Soup microgrant, taking home $370.00 to fund her project, “Spanish Poetry Festival.”
In May, Joana organized and hosted Powell’s schoolwide Spanish Poetry Festival. She used the microgrant to purchase Spanish poetry books and materials to put together the festival.
Leah Greenglass, a fifth grade English Language Arts teacher at Harriet Tubman Elementary School presented about her partnership with the Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellowship. She wants to buy tablets to use the SeeSaw app to empower her fifth graders to give each other feedback on their public speaking.
While Leah’s project did not receive the most votes, an anonymous guest generously donated the money to purchase the tablets for her class!
October 2016 Winner
Shannon Ireland, a second grade teacher at Barnard Elementary won our first D.C. Soup microgrant, taking home $440.00 to fund her project, “Classroom Transformations.”
After reading Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn Dixie as a part of a year-long author study, she transformed her classroom into important scenes from the book, putting her students in the shoes of the characters. She bought food and costumes to mimic the text, making egg salad sandwiches, “dump punch,” and “Littmus Lozenges.” She will use the remainder of the grant to host three more transformations at the end of each novel.