January 2014 - Astoria School Foundation Announces Grant Awards
The Astoria School Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the fourth round of Innovative Educator Grants.  The Innovative Educator Grant opportunity was open to all educators employed within the Astoria School District. 
The Astoria School Foundation’s primary purpose is to enhance the educational experience of students in the Astoria School District 1C through public education and financial support. 
The following are the Astoria School Foundation Educator Innovative Grant recipients: 
Renee Fruiht – Astor Elementary – Recording time and materials for 2nd grade students to interview residents at Clatsop Care Center.  In partnership with KMUN radio station 2nd grade students will write biographical narratives of Clatsop Care Center’s residents.  Students will share these biographies on KMUN radio.
Stephen Wedell – Astor Elementary Teacher – To purchase of “Take Home Books” for students to practice reading.
Jeanine Van De Grift – Astor Elementary Music Teacher – To purchase quick release adjustable instrument stands for students who are in wheelchairs.
Alexa Knutsen – Gray School Alternative Education Program – Purchase three to six stability balls for student seating in the alternative education program.  Stability balls are used to promote improved posture and focus.
Gordon Thomson – Astoria High School Physical Education Teacher – Purchase of Nexus 7 tablet to videotape students in PE and provide them immediate feedback of their movements.
Thus far, Astoria School Foundation provided over $3,500 for the Innovative Educator Grants.  The Foundation continues to work to broaden the educational opportunities for all students in the Astoria School District. The foundation congratulates the five Astoria School District teachers who have received Innovative Educator Grants.  Community members interested in getting involved with the Astoria School Foundation may call (503) 325-6441.