Grant Program Funds Creative Engagement at Annie Wright Schools

Through the Annie Wright Schools Parents’ Association (AWSPA), 13 Annie Wright Schools staff members received an endowment from the new Endeavor Grants Program — a program that funds a number of creative pursuits for educators.

“While activities funded by Endeavors Grants should have a connection to Annie Wright Schools’ mission, the purpose is to fund creative engagement,” said Jake Guadnola, head of Annie Wright Schools in a release. “Interesting people make for an interesting community, and we definitely want to be an interesting community.”

Applications were received in the fall of 2020, initially totaling up to $10,000 in grant awards. Another $10,000 was donated by AWS. Staff was able to request up to $2,000 each, by meeting additional criteria for completion of the learning opportunities.

“We really wanted the grants to align with many of the AWS traits that are instilled in our children. Things like being a risk-taker, being principled, thinking outside of the box,” said AWSPA president, and project co-leader, Dawn Turnipseed. “It’s a really great way for us to honor the faculty. They do such a great job.”

Some activities funded by the project include training in the field of cognitive disorders, education about oral traditions of the Dakota Sioux Tribes at the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota, and research about South Africa’s post-apartheid curriculum in secondary schools.

“How great to support the people that are surrounding our kids. It takes a village to raise them, and they are a part of our village,” said Stacey Guadnola, AWSPA member, and project co-leader. “Our kids are going to learn from these adults. It’s important to support creative endeavors that they’re interested in, and what they are passionate about.”

Learn more about AWSPA’s 2020-2021 Endeavor Grants recipients here.

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