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Classroom Grants for Teachers Awarded

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

In partnership with local service Clubs, Sturgis Area Community Foundation recently awarded more than $5,000 in grant funding to support the needs of local educators through its annual SPS Classroom Support Grant program. The goal of the annual grant program is to provide teachers with resources and enhance classroom curriculum and the learning experience of students. Sturgis Public School teachers and staff are all eligible to submit requests each year in December.

To apply, applicants submit a proposal online and proposals are reviewed by selection committees from both the community foundation and local service clubs. Individuals may receive up to $500 each and group projects may request up to $500 per person.

This year, 12 projects were fully funded by the Sturgis Area Community Foundation and partnering service clubs including Sturgis Exchange Club, Noon Kiwanis, Eastside Kiwanis, and Sturgis Lions Club.

2022 Classroom Grant Recipients and Projects

  • Melissa Gales – Novel Studies Project at Eastwood Elementary School;

  • Sunshine Gonzalez – Creating a Calming Environment for Special Education at Wall Elementary School;

  • Ashlin Heller – Classroom Calm Down Kits at Wall Elementary School;

  • Beverly Larimer & Alex Milton – Outstanding Osmo Operations at Congress Elementary School;

  • Peter Larr – New Resources for World History at Sturgis High School;

  • Katelyn Lopez – Busy Binders at Wall Elementary School;

  • Nikita Milliman – Modern Classroom with Distraction-Free Learning at Sturgis Middle School;

  • Brooke Moses – Positive School Culture Club at Sturgis High School;

  • Ashley Mostrom – Classroom Auction Project at Eastwood Elementary School;

  • Morgan Pueschel – New Books and Literacy Units at Sturgis Middle School;

  • Stacey Richardson – Special Education Life Skills Cooking Program at Sturgis Middle School;

  • Kristin Sanberg – Supplies for Success at Eastwood Elementary School.

Through philanthropic services, strategic investments, and community leadership, Sturgis Area Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. For more information on grants or donor services, email

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