The Keokuk Community School Foundation will award mini grants annually to individual teachers of the Keokuk Community School District. The amount of the grant is a maximum of $300. An individual teacher can only receive the grant once per school year. The number of grants given annually and the time of the distribution(s) is at the discretion of the Foundation board. Because the financial status of the Foundation depends solely on the contributions of alumni/friends of the district, the number of grants awarded each year may vary.
The application may be submitted online to: firstname.lastname@example.org or printed and mailed to: Keokuk Community School Foundation at P.O. Box 431, Keokuk, Iowa 52632.
The purpose of the mini-grant is to financially support instructional strategies and experiences that would not or could not be funded by the Keokuk District. The types of projects that qualify include, but are not limited to, software programs, books, manipulatives, instructional tools, special events, guest speakers, classroom furniture for the students, if it is shown to improve learning.
The grant should be for materials that are used by many students, is an ongoing and sustainable project, and is not disposable or for one time use.
Recipients are asked to make a report to the board of directors regarding the use of the grant dollars. Over the last several years, an average of $6000 has been awarded annually to teachers for classroom instructional materials and supplies, projects, software and furniture.
Les and Jane Fowler Memorial Teacher Grants
The Keokuk Community School Foundation is pleased to announce that once again a generous donation of $4000 will be given by Mrs. Roberta Fowler Tong. Mrs. Tong established the Les and Jane Fowler Memorial Teacher Grants in honor of her parents, Les and Jane Fowler. This will be the fourth year for these grants.
Mr. and Mrs. Fowler were active in the Keokuk community for over sixty years in a variety of capacities, always with a focus on education. Roberta Fowler graduated from KHS in 1969 and after graduating from the University of Iowa, went on to become a middle school and high school English teacher in California. Her own two daughters are both elementary school teachers. Supporting and nurturing education has been a priority in the Fowler family for generations.
The Les and Jane Fowler Memorial Teacher Grants are eight (8) $500 grants that provide practicing KCSD teachers funding for programs and/or materials designed to encourage and improve student success and growth. Funds can be used to purchase equipment, technology, software, books, flexible seating options, diversity/racism/gender equity materials, teacher training materials, supplies or any other options that add depth, accessibility and dimension to learning.
Interested teachers should use the KCSF mini-grant application form and submit by February 15, 2023. At the top of the application please designate that it is for the Fowler Teacher Grant.
Applications will be reviewed, discussed and selections will be made at the March 9th, 2023 meeting of the Keokuk Community School Foundation board. Recipients will be notified by email shortly thereafter.