For Immediate Release

Council Rock Education Foundation awards over $47,000 to Council Rock classrooms for creative projects that go beyond the annual school budget for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Newtown, PA. (May 20, 2019) – The Council Rock Education Foundation honored its newest awardees of outstanding innovative educators at a district school board meeting last month, awarding fifteen new Innovative Learning Grants to teachers and classrooms throughout Council Rock Schools to benefit K – 12 students.

Superintendent Dr. Robert Fraser extended congratulations to the grant recipients and Foundation for their dedication and commitment to the students of Council Rock. “The Education Foundation is a vital partner supporting the District’s goal to provide the best possible educational opportunities to our students.”

Each spring, the Education Foundation chooses proposals that most exemplify the Foundation’s mission to support innovative experiences that enrich the excellent quality of education in Council Rock schools. The fifteen projects selected will bring new ideas into schools and classrooms for the 2019-2020 academic year, from Flexible Seating Classrooms to Rocketbooks, to Sensory Pathways and VR field trips, just to name a few. Additional grants include programs in literacy, STEM, special education, and the Arts.

“This marks a milestone for the Education Foundation and our learning community as this is the highest grant award made to schools throughout the Council Rock School District,” states Gail Acosta, Executive Director of the Council Rock Education Foundation. “Thanks to our generous community of parents, businesses, board members and educators that believe in our mission – establishing creative projects that enhance the curriculum while engaging, educating and inspiring young minds for continued learning.”

2019-2020 Grant Awards

  • A Flexible Seating Classroom – Katrina Cerra, Richboro Elementary School
  • Cricut—Ideas & Designs in a Day – Katie Christiansen, Churchville Elementary School
  •  Computer Science in CR STEM Terese Grateful, Council Rock North
  •  Glowforge Laser Project – James Hunter, Newtown Middle School
  • Hillcrest Daily Student News – Kate Brennan, Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Life Skills: Bike & Safety Skills – Mallori Barch & Katy Callum, Newtown Elementary School
  • MMW Pulls into the STEAM Station – Danielle Pugliese & Linda Wojton, MMW Elementary School
  •  One Book TWO Schools Lisa Weiss, Churchville & Wrightstown Elementary
  • On the Edge of our Seats – Kristin Mangan & Sandy Pierce, Wrightstown Elementary School
  •   Passport to Exploration – Andrea Mangold, Holland Elementary School – In memory of Dolores McCracken
  • Renovating ESY Jamie Saeger, Caroylyn Miller, & Julia Dougherty, Goodnoe Elementary School
  • RocketbooksJim Biglan, Council Rock North
  • Sensory Space at CR North – Michael Diglia, Council Rock North
  • Sensory PathwayKim Rinella & Nicole Kerrigan, Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Walk a Mile in Another Person’s ShoesCindy Naroff, Council Rock South