FPEF Grant Awards
As you read through our 2019-2020 grants, we hope you are inspired by the educators who continue to create pioneering programs for our students. We are grateful to the donors of our endowment who make this possible. The following is a comprehensive list of grants and donors that make our students’ educational experiences unforgettable.
2020 Spring Pendergraft Grant Awards
Experiential Learning: Piloting Adventures through VR Expeditions
Award Amount: $11,029.51
Teacher Project Description: A Google Expeditions Kit that will impact 515 Holt students this year alone, to explore a plethora of interactive, virtual experiences needed to build background knowledge in all subject areas taught.
Funded by: Neal R. Pendergraft Grant
2020 Spring Standard Grant Awards
2019 Fall Standard Grant Awards
New Music For FHS Band
Award Amount: $2500
Teacher Project Description: Allows FHS Marching Band to commission exclusive new music for the year.
Funded by: R. W. Willis and Simkins Family
Igniting Youth Research-A Science Symposium
Award Amount: $3670.00
Teacher Project Description: Lab equipment and professional research poster printing materials for hosting the first annual Science Symposium where FHS students will display their individual research endeavors.
Funded by: Anne & Jack Butt
Choose Love Through Action
Award Amount: $2431.23
Teacher Project Description: High-quality literature and resources to support teachers, students and parents as they apply strategies from the four main components of the Choose Love Social-Emotional Learning program: courage, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion in action.
Funded by: Denise & Hershey Garner
Grab Your Bag - Get Ready for Investigation
Award Amount: $1811.74
Teacher Project Description: Scientific equipment for all 5th-grade student groups to investigate their world through hands-on learning, so they will begin generating questions and possible solutions for problems they discover.'
Funded by: Jean Pharr Memorial, Upchurch Electric
Investing in Robotics for our Future
Award Amount: $5900
Teacher Project Description: Equipment upgrade for students to learn about robotics using updated robotics electronics for programming.
Funded by: J. E. & Maurice McClelland, Nana & Julian Stewart
Rattles, Shakers and Drums, Oh MY!
Award Amount: $5750.00
Teacher Project Description: Drums and handheld percussion instruments for elementary students to learn more about diversity and to help develop cultural appreciation.
Funded by: Ellen & Malcolm Hayward, Mendy & Brandon Atkisson Memorial
Gardening with Robots
Award Amount: $5045.00
Teacher Project Description: FarmBot CNC farming machine for FHS agriculture students to learn about programming, motors and drives, automation, and precision agriculture.
Funded by: Matthew J. Siebenmorgen, Tammy & Read Hudson Family
The Calming Space
Award Amount: $1700.00
Teacher Project Description: Tools for multi-sensory room to provide sensory integration and self-regulation skills to students in order to de-escalate behaviors, teach calming strategies, and return to general education classroom for meaningful participation.
Funded by: Becky Knight Memorial
Breaking Out of the Norm
Award Amount: $2000.00
Teacher Project Description: Breakout boxes for Junior High G.T. students to use in the creation of their own Escape Rooms.
Funded by: Barbara Prichard Gifted & Talented Fund
Problem solving, Learning, and Tinkering Wall (PLTW)
Award Amount: $600.00
Teacher Project Description: Hands-on activities to experiment, create and apply personalized learning strategies in a highly engaged environment.
Funded by: Jerome & Sylvia McRoy, Bob & Marilyn Gibson, and Blake Croxdale Memorial
Updating Classroom Robotics Systems
Award Amount: $4560.00
Teacher Project Description: This project will provide more than 80 students each year in 7th and 8th grade participating in non-competitive robotics access to updated and modernized robotics equipment needed to expand their knowledge and gain an understanding of modern automation processes.
Funded by: Koenig Family Works
Science Equipment for Family and Consumer Sciences
Award Amount: $6500.00
Teacher Project Description: Science equipment for Family and Consumer Science classes to investigate food and nutrition.
Funded by: David Lashley, Treva Hamilton
iPads for JDC!
Award Amount: $5000.00
Teacher Project Description: iPads for JDC students to help them learn more effectively in a self-paced environment regardless of ability.
Funded by: Pendergraft Technology Fund, Holland & Bob Weaver
Award Amount: $2500.00
Teacher Project Description: The project will produce 150 copies of a high-quality literary magazine filled with student work in art, photo, prose, and poetry. This project provides every student at the high school with an outlet for creative work, and it specifically impacts the 18 students who complete the magazine as the end-of-year contest in our literary magazine course.
Funded by: James T. Whitehead Memorial
Award Amount: $946.99
Teacher Project Description: This project will provide students access to deep pressure therapy that will help them cope with different forms of stress, anxieties and sensory needs within school.
Funded by: Glen Conklin Foundation
Hip Hop Masks, Movement, & Mythology
Award Amount: $3660.00
Teacher Project Description: Hip hop art, movement, and music instruction by a professional hip hop artist for 7th and 8th graders to explore themes of kindness, acceptance, perseverance, and ambition.
Funded by: The Spark Foundation
Ramay Clubs: Diversified Experiences
Award Amount: $4700.00
Teacher Project Description: Building connectedness through student clubs focused on diverse skills and interests to improve behavior and attendance, deepen a sense of self-worth, and heighten cultural appreciation.
Funded by: Gable Sloan Academic Enrichment for Vulnerable Students
Science in the Ozarks
Award Amount: $3500.00
Teacher Project Description: This project is designed to serve all 5th-grade Middle Schools. Based at The Ozark Natural Science Center, students participate in 12 hours of hands-on, inquiry-based, environmental science classes. Using observation, scientific method, and experimentation, students are able to apply and model natural science data and to better understand the ecological systems and natural history of the Ozark ecoregion.
Funded by: George Spencer Memorial
Theatrical Makeup Studio
Award Amount: $1550.00
Teacher Project Description: Equipment and storage items to enhance a standard high school classroom for use as the Theatrical Makeup Studio.
Funded by: Warren Rosenaur Theatre Fund
Bridging the Gap Literacy Program
Award Amount: $2500.00
Teacher Project Description: Increases community engagement and provides free and interesting literature by designing, constructing, installing, and supplying free libraries in each neighborhood in the Ramay Attendant Zone, known as Ramay Readbox Project, and the Dog Days of Summer Reading Celebration which highlights community organizations that help rescue animals and gives away a free dog house made by FPS students.
Funded by: Candy & Teddy Clarkwell
Creative Cats Exploring Arkansas in the Summer
Award Amount: $4990.00
Teacher Project Description: Enriching summer field trips to engage and enrich underserved students from Washington Elementary.
Funded by: Agee Family Fund in Honor of Martha Agee, Jackie New
True Lit Festival
Award Amount: $5277.00
Teacher Project Description: In partnership with the Fayetteville Public Library, FPEF introduces notable author, Kwame Alexander, to all 9th-grade students at Fayetteville High School.
Funded by: Jim Blair Author Series
Classroom Library Enhancement for Native and Heritage Spanish Speakers
Amount Awarded: $2,827.50
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 70+ students in grades 9-12 in the upcoming school year at FHS. The project will create a series of classroom libraries to support independent reading goals in Spanish for heritage and native speaker classrooms to improve fluency and literacy in students’ native language.
Funded by: Henrietta K. Holcomb Memorial, Marty Thurlby Deweese Study Abroad Fund
FRIENDS: Fluency & Reading in Elementaries Nurturing Diversity and Success
Amount Awarded: $1,430
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 350+ students in grades K-2 at several elementary schools across the district as well as 20 9th-11th graders at FHS. The program will provide a multitude of opportunities for developing friendships with role models, building literacy, and read-alouds with children’s books about diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. The goal is to encourage and motivate young readers and instill confidence
Funded by: Class of 1956 Taylor-Lackey
Sizziling Series Additions
Award Amount: $2,690.59
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 386 Kindergarten to fourth grade students as Asbell Elementary. The project will provide new library books and missing books from popular series, with the intent on encouraging both students who are not motivated to read on their own and those who may read below their grade level.
Funded by: Hugh Kincaid Early Childhood Education
Illuminating the Light Bulb Lab
Award Amount: $4,244.58
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 542 students grades K-4 at Butterfield Trail Elementary School. The lab will provide all students the opportunity to access hands-on STEAM resources weekly through high quality and engaging lessons designed to spark curiosity, creativity and innovation.
Funded by: Feriba McNair Keystone endowed by Hannah & Greg Lee
Award Amount: $6,000
Teacher Project Description: Xylophones to give more elementary students an opportunity to play instruments.
Funded by: Shannon & Terryl Ortego, Katy B. Stout
Award Amount: $3,500
The Kids, Check it: College and Careers project is designed to help students plan life goals, which is a district initiative. The project will serve all 8th grade students at Ramay Junior High through a field trip to the University of Arkansas to assist the building in creating a culture that identifies postgraduate educational opportunities to enhance students’ planning choices and future careers.
Funded by: Bob Gaddy (PACE)
Fabric Moths: Learning to Sew and Embroider
Award Amount: $3,290.26
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 520 in Kindergarten through 4th grade at Owl Creek School. As part of an Art and Nature unit students will get the opportunity to sew fabric moths. The students will obtain an entirely new art experience through learning how to use a sewing machine, hand-sew, embroider, and other creative fiber arts techniques.
Funded by: AEP Southwestern Electric
Q-Seums: Inspiring Questions through Artifacts
Award Amount: $3,026.99
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve all 950 students at Owl Creek through lesson enrichment tools and hands-on experiences. The project encourages inquiry by providing access to physical artifacts, resources, and historical objects to inspect and handle along with quality nonfiction text.
Funded by: Susie & Phil Stewart
Roadrunner’s L.I.F.E Club (Learning Incredible Skills for Everything)
Award Amount: $6,436.57
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve approximately 159 students in the 3rd and 4th grade at Asbell Elementary. The project will provide unique and engaging life opportunities through clubs that they would not otherwise receive. There will be seven clubs implemented that the students will rotate through according to their interests - cooking, economics, sewing, building engineering, blogging/yearbook, culture, and community service.
Funded by: E.J. Ball Economic Fund, Harry Vandergriff
Vital Signs: A Technological Approach to Looking Inside the Body
Award Amount: $7,409
Teacher Project Description: Vernier technology to measure and analyze physiological variables to determine human body health.
Funded by: First Federal Bank, Bobby New, Frank Broyles
Carrots, Not Sticks
Award Amount: $4,000
Teacher Project Description: Funds to provide meaningful incentives for students struggling to meet behavior expectations in school.
Funded by: Tamara & Johnny Roberts Family
The Breakfast Club After-School Arts Integration
Award Amount: $5,000
Teacher Project Description: This project serves 70 students grades 7th and 8th through after-school direct instruction and 630 students through presentations and performances. The program includes diverse activities led by certified professionals that teach skills for life, school, and work to at-risk and under-served students through integration of drama, visual art, and technical art.
Funded by: Betty Lighton, Mike Brunner
Binoculars are for the Birds
Award Amount: $2,500
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 110 gifted and talented second graders at all nine elementary schools in the Fayetteville district, and will continue on for years to come. The project provides child-sized binoculars and scopes for the students to identify birds in natural settings, supporting their goal to identify 50 local species.
Funded by: Irma Boyer Gifted and Talented Fund
Science in the Ozarks
Award Amount: $4,500
Teacher Project Description: This project is designed to serve 5th-grade students from Holt, McNair, and Owl Creek Middle Schools. Based at The Ozark Natural Science Center, students participate in 12 hours of hands-on, inquiry-based, environmental science classes. Using observation, scientific method, and experimentation, students are able to apply and model natural science data and to better understand the ecological systems and natural history of the Ozark ecoregion.
Funded by: Josephine S. Clark
The Purple Pride Band Trailer
Award Amount: $10,000
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 235 students in the Fayetteville High School Marching Band. The customized trailer will meet the needs of the growing band program, by transporting musical instruments and equipment to marching contests across the country and away football games.
Funded by: Bill Conrow Memorial, Martha Audrain Memorial, Paula Weaver, Walton Family Foundation, Nathan Altman Memorial
Getting Kids Outside Through English Curriculum and Experiential Learning
Award Amount: $2,232.56
Teacher Project Description: Backpacking and camping equipment to allow students to experience curriculum through the outdoors.
Funded by: David J. Butt Family, Marie & Clark McClinton
Owl Creek Presents “Aladdin KIDS”
Award Amounts: $2,200
Teacher Project Description: Show materials, costumes, and supplies to perform the musical theatre production "Aladdin KIDS" at Owl Creek School
Funded by: Matthew William Moore Memorial, Class of 1952
The Pottery Wheel at Woodland
Award Amount: $2,100
Teacher Project Description: Pottery Wheel to broaden students art experience, and better prepare them for high school courses
Funded by: Class of 1957- John Lewis, Heather Spears Memorial
Learning to Love: Teaching Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom
Award Amount: $3,225
Teacher Project Description: This project will serve 360 students in grades K-4 at Washington Elementary. The project will provide social-emotional learning picture books for daily lessons provided by classroom teachers. Having these read-aloud resources for teachers will allow them to provide essential, engaging lessons.
Funded by: The Bank of Fayetteville in honor of John Lewis, Robbie & Clyde Selle