Foundation Awards Mini-grants

Garden City Public Schools Foundation Awards Mini-grants
Posted on 11/15/2022

The Garden City Public Schools Foundation Grant Squad visited schools on Tuesday, November 15 to award $200 mini-grants to help teachers enhance instruction in their classrooms.  The awards were presented to the teachers in a surprise celebration in their classrooms.

The Grant Squad provided the following teachers mini-grants.  GCPS Foundation Grant Squad Recipients

Mitchelle Perez, Garden City High School biology teacher, will use the grant to purchase 360 videos to engage students in argumentation from evidence in the local ecosystem. Students will apply what they learned about the plants, animals and environment that make up the local ecosystem.

Alessandro Marnoni, Garden City High School science teacher, will use the grant to purchase a star projector home planetarium.  The projector shows a realistic image of the sky. Due to the impossibility of doing night sky observation, the projector will be the key to explain the different planets, stars and constellations.

Lupita Sotelo, Jennie Barker Elementary School counselor, will use the grant to purchase A Little SPOT of Feelings book.  It teaches students about different emotions and facial expressions so they know how to name their feelings. It teaches students to understand and identify their feelings in a kid-friendly way.

Madelyn Martinez-Blackwell, Abe Hubert Elementary School science teacher, will use the grant to purchase prepared slides and quality powered microscopes. This will create a hands on environment to compare and contrast microorganisms in the human and plant microbiomes.

Wendy Murray, Garfield Early Childhood Center counselor, will use the grant to purchase resources to and books. It will help to expand the school’s resources so they are accessible to the counselor and teachers to utilize with students. This will help meet the mental health and social/emotional needs of students.

The foundation received 16 grant applications from staff around the school district.  The grants are awarded to help support learning initiatives in the classrooms.  The grants may be used for the classroom, department, or individual staff development for a district employee. The applications are read and judged by the Garden City Public Schools Foundation committee.


The Garden City Public Schools Foundation has provided over $35,000 in grants to fund opportunities to enhance the learning environment and increase the effectiveness of instruction across the district. The foundation was founded in 2004 and is a non-profit organization that is committed to effectively generate, manage and distribute funds to stimulate excellence for the preservation and enhancement of an exemplary education provided by Garden City Public Schools.  The Foundation functions in alliance with the Western Kansas Community Foundation.