Posted by Frank Woods on Mar 06, 2024
At the February 22 meeting of the Rotary Club of Folsom, the 2024 Teacher Grants were presented to the teachers who were selected based on their projects.
Teachers who received grants and their guests. Rotarian Bob Mange is on the far right.
Bob Mange was emcee for the presentations and gave the following introduction about the grant program and our support of Folsom schools. 
The Rotary Teacher Grant program started as a club project 27 years ago.  It started as an up to $250 grant to fund a project, materials and/or equipment for a class or classes. Thanks to the generosity of our members this was the ninth year that grants have been offered as an up to $500 amount. The Rotary Club of Folsom Lake joined with us again this year and with both clubs provided grants totaling $7,500.  To date, Rotary has provided 366 teachers with grants that total over $157,000. This year we had 51 applications from 14 schools and were able to fund 20 grant winners.
Over the past 27 years, the Folsom Rotary Club has provided over $500,000 to Folsom Schools though the teacher grant program, annual Rotary Student Speech Contest, annual Student Scholarship program, Partnership for Tomorrow, which is our annual Leadership and Ethics Conference for high school juniors, and dictionaries annually to all Folsom third graders. The Rotary Club of Folsom also sponsors Interact Clubs at Folsom High, Folsom Lake High and recently sponsored a new Interact Club at Vista del Lago High School.
Bob introduced each teacher and Sonny DeMarto presented the checks to the teachers. Sonny coordinates the teacher grant selection for the Rotary Club of Folsom Lake. Each teacher told us where they teach, the grade level they teach, and their project that was funded by the grant. Here are the grants:
Jill GodtlandBlanche Sprentz$492.14Art Weekly
Aimee PetersonBlanche Sprentz$500.00
Play based learning
Swati MangatT. Judah$442.76Classroom books
Elizabeth Isaacs
Oak Chan$500.00Literacy for little learners
Ashleigh HimmelbergCarl Sundahl$180.00Novel study-lemonade wars
Jean GirardFolsom High$216.00National French Contest
Brett BowerFolsom High$385.00Immediate feedback assessment
Danielle JuddEmpire Oaks$500.00Mystery science kits
Genevieve AcostaEmpire Oaks$500.00Calming area (autism)
Kristine BacioccoFolsom Hills$327.55Reading center games
Patrick CreanVista Del Lago$450.00PA system for speech and debate
Tricia JenkinsMangini Ranch$207.50Introducing Music Magic
Jennifer TorresRussell Ranch$500.00
Math curriculum for Special
Education Students
Chelsea OherichGold Ridge$490.00Book nook - Special Education
Kristina CameronNatoma Station$98.68Math games
Juli ThompsonNatoma Station$500.00Playground equipment
Reid EdlundSutter Middle$500.00Fish tank ecosystem
Beth Ruskauff
Sutter Middle$214.00Chess Club for All
Lyndie AquilaSutter Middle$500.00Material to engage students
Rachel WilliamsFolsom Middle$500.00Ancient Civilization Monopoly