Maize Education Foundation awards more than $43,000 in grants to teachers

On May 6, members of the Maize Education Foundation Board of Directors presented more than $43,000 in instructional, technology, and enrichment grants to Maize USD 266 teachers to supplement their classroom and school resources.
Complete High School Maize teacher Heidi Albin, picture here at left with a few Foundation board members, received this year's largest grant: $8,451.16 for a new therapy dog program, which the school will implement in hopes of boosting its graduation rate to 100 percent at the district's alternative high school. 
Additional grants this spring will fund:
  • heart rate monitors and related equipment to implement a new innovative lifetime fitness program at Maize South Middle School ($7,500).
  • kits, theme boxes, activity cards, book sets, and more for science, social studies, math, and reading at Vermillion Elementary School ($4,996.77).
  • an alphabet carpet, wooden blocks, bookshelves, an easel, and other items to provide hands-on center and learning opportunities for Kindergarten students at Maize South Elementary School ($4,415.48). 
  • iPads for students with special needs at Maize South Middle School ($3,516).
  • an outdoor learning environment that will include a restored prairie, butterfly gardens, and a wetland area at Maize High School ($3,418.75).
  • a cross-curricular literacy cabinet at Maize South High School to promote teacher-led peer-to-peer professional development ($2,567.65).
  • Chromebooks for Maize Central Elementary School third-graders ($2,447.88).
  • light tables for the Maize Early Childhood Center that will provide opportunities for all students, but enhance possibilities of learning for students who have visual impairments ($2,000).
  • materials to build foot bars for Pray-Woodman Elementary School students' desks to allow movement within a student's space when he or she needs it and will increase focus and on-task behavior during instructional times ($1,600).
  • crash pads, a large bean bag, a ball pit, a sensory canoe, stand-up scooters, and an indoor swing for the structured learning program at Maize High School. The grant will provide students with Individualized Education Plans and moderate to severe disabilities the resources to meet their sensory needs to be successful academically, socially, and vocationally ($1,248.54).
  • iPads for Maize Central Elementary School Kindergarten students, who will use applications and activities designed for their age group during classroom guided reading and math tier time ($977.98).
The Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 that supports Maize USD 266 schools, teachers, and students through grants. For more information, please click here.

Save the date:The Foundation's 8th-annual fundraising golf tournament will be at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Reflection Ridge Golf Club. The money raised funds the Foundation's annual grants
Thanks to all who support the Maize Education Foundation!

The Maize Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 that raises funds to support Maize students, teachers, classrooms and schools via grants, raised about $40,000 at its 7th Annual Golf Tournament at Reflection Ridge Golf Club on Oct. 12.

The event is a major fundraiser for the organization, which provides educational, enrichment and technology grants to teachers and students across the district. We are pleased to announce that this year's total raised is an event record.

Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, and golfers who made the day possible!

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Maize Schools supporters can shop on as usual, and Amazon will make a donation to support the Foundation. To sign up or learn more, please visit

In addition to outside fundraising, Maize USD 266 employees were challenged at the beginning of this school year to support the organization that supports them.

We are happy to report that employee giving to the Foundation more than doubled this year: The number of Maize employees who give to the Foundation every paycheck via automatic contribution jumped 152 percent, which will generate more than $6,400 in new funds for the Foundation this year.