Posted by Frank Woods on Feb 06, 2020

At the Rotary Club of Folsom meeting on February 6, 17 teachers from Folsom schools received grants ranging from $150 to $500.  Bob Mange introduced each teacher who was at the meeting.  Sonny Da Marto, of the Rotary Club of Folsom Lake and Ray Ward, Rotary District 5180 District Governor, presented the checks to each teacher. The teachers then told us their grade level and a little about what they were doing with the grant.

Teachers with Bob Mange standing on the right.

    One of the teachers receiving the           One of the teachers explaining
        check from District Governor                             her project.
                       Ray Ward.
The Rotary Teacher Grant program started as a club project 23 years
ago.  Each year we send out applications to all the Folsom schools and encourage teachers to apply for a grant to fund a project, materials and/or equipment for their class or classes.  The grants started out with a maximum of $250 but thanks to the generosity of our members, this will be the fifth year that our grants have been offered up to $500.  Having the Rotary Club of Folsom Lake join with us again this year made it possible to provide a total of $7,500 in grants. To date. including tonight, Folsom Rotary has provided 310 teachers with grants totaling just under $80,000.00. This year we had 33 teacher applications from 10 schools and were able to fund 17 Grants.   
The teachers who received grants this year from the Rotary Club of Folsom and Rotary Club of Folsom Lake and their projects were:
  • Kristina Cameron - Natoma Station Elementary, $269.32, Hands on STEM 
  • Melissa Wolking - Oak Chan Elementary, $400, Science/Engineering keyboards
  • Abigail Wever - Oak Chan Elementary, $500, Flexible seating
  • Cameron Evans - Sutter Middle, $500, People and Planet Escape Room 
  • Michelle Cagney - Sutter Middle, $204.44, IPad safety
  • Rebecca Bannister - Sutter Middle, $500, Weight room renovation
  • Suekyung Baker - Vista del Lago High, $500, Science Olympiad
  • Brittany Shapley - Vista del Lago High, $500, Writing a children's book
  • Jennifer Filippi - Folsom High, $500, Suturing project
  • Veronica Robles - Folsom Hills Elementary, $400, Literacy enrichment
  • Daisy Ochoa - Folsom Hills Elementary, $283.49, Literacy bookcases
  • Allison Bowles - Gold Ridge Elementary, $500, Mindfulness and yoga
  • Terra Hopkins - Gold Ridge Elementary, $500, Class pet tortoise
  • Sherryl Abramson - Theodore Judah Elementary, $500, Level small group reading
  • Heather Sancedo - Theodore Judah Elementary, $500, Lending resource library
  • Anita Kamath - Folsom Middle, $199.83, Document camera
  • James Fanshier - Folsom Lake High, $500, Heart monitor training

The seventeen grants this year totaled $7,257.08..