AEF awards over $10,000 in Impact Grants

The Anderson Education Foundation (AEF) delivered over $10,000 in grants to teachers, staff, and administrators with Anderson Community Schools (ACS) on Friday, March 15, 2024. These Impact grants will support food insecurity, STEM, and positive behavior support.
The Impact Grant program funds large scale project ideas that make the greatest impact for a grade level, school, or the entire district. This year three projects were funded:
Closing the Food Insecurity Gap - $1,500
Anderson High School social workers Missy Morris and Melissa Lee will provide a food unit that will contain non-perishable food items. These units will be located at Anderson High School and Anderson High School Career Center inside a vestibule that students would have access to coming in or leaving the school buildings. The food units will be self-serviced where students can select what items they need for after school hours.
Building Brilliant Minds One Lego Brick at a Time a STEM based project! - $4,846.00
Valley Grove Elementary School 2nd Grade teacher Jordan Hervey will use a new teaching method to meet the current educational landscape which focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Her solution is a LEGO education grant which will aim to address the issue of capturing the imagination of students by introducing an innovative and interactive approach to STEM learning through the use of LEGO blocks. 
PBIS: Fostering a Positive Learning Environment for All - $4,000.00
Highland Middle School Assistant Principal Jay Bendes received an Impact Grant last year to implement at Positive Behavior Support Interventions (PBIS) program for all students. This program has become a vital part of the Highland culture by providing funds to the school to purchase items to recognize positive behavior and motivate students to do their best. As a result of the success of this program, AEF is pleased to continue supporting this program through the Impact Grant program again this year.
The Anderson Education Foundation (AEF) was created in 1978 to serve as a bridge between the community and Anderson Community Schools (ACS). AEF's mission is to provide resources for educators to enrich and expand educational opportunities for students in Anderson Community Schools. The AEF is a proud member of the Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations (INAPEF).