PPIE awards student grants of $2,350

Projects range from class newspapers to anti-DUI

Seven Pleasanton students have been selected to receive funding for their Student Grant projects, it was announced Tuesday by the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation.

The PPIE Student Grant program, now in its 20th year, promotes positive learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, and supports co-curricular and extra-curricular student activities and projects. General guidelines require each application to be student-authored, to have a teacher sponsor and the site principal's approval.

To better support student interests, the grant cycles are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

PPIE Foundation Student Grant Awards, 2009-2010

Cycle No. 2

Donlon Paws Newspaper: Kiley Grundstrom, Donlon Elementary School, $340. Funds to provide a digital camera and printing support for the student produced school newspaper

Yearbook Committee: Carly Moresco, Donlon Elementary School, $270. Funds to purchase three digital cameras to provide pictures for the school's yearbook

Science Under A Microscope: Pranav Praveen, Mohr Elementary School, $250. Funding to purchase microscopes to explore micro-organisms more closely in Biosphere III project

Calculators In The Classroom: Patrick Tambunting, Mohr Elementary School, $190. Funding to purchase calculators for group and individual math activities.

Every Fifteen Minutes: Lauren Traurig and Rachel Usedom, Foothill High School, $500. Funding to support anti-drinking-and-driving programs for juniors and seniors.

Art Room - Recess Activities Program: Paige Williams, Walnut Grove Elementary School, $500. Funding to purchase art supplies for weekly art projects conducted during recess

The Beacon - Literary Magazine: Connie Wu, Foothill High School, $300. Seed money to provide support of a new literary magazine, including student-created literary and art works.

The PPIE Foundation also offers Education Grants for Pleasanton school district employees to fund projects that are student-focused, that promote creativity and innovative thinking and that offer expanded learning opportunities to students. Applications are available on the PPIE Foundation website, Grant requests are accepted in amounts up to $2,500.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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