The Astoria School Foundation recently announced the recipients of the third round of Innovative Educator Grants. The grant opportunity was open to all educators employed within the Astoria School District.

The foundation’s primary purpose is to enhance the educational experience of students in the district through public education and financial support.

The Innovative Educator grants were given to:

• Stanette Klatt and Travis Freeman, both Astoria Middle School teachers, to assist middle school students with the implementation of the Fall Down Seven Times: Get Up Eight program. The program assists at-risk middle school students in developing goals around school skills and organization;

• Kelley Herr, a fourth-grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, to help develop a three-week unit where students will work with biomes and animal habitats. It will include group projects, individual work and will conclude with individual student speeches;

• Kate Gohr, a Lewis and Clark Elementary literacy coach, to fund home visits between teachers and families to increase student academic achievement. This grant funding will help provide necessary training for staff;

• Stephanie Sparks, a Lewis and Clark Elementary Title IA teacher, to purchase fidget tools and other materials to help students’ attention issues and teach strategies to focus on classroom work;

• Mickey Cereghino, an Astoria High School art teacher, to fund a clay pugmill and mixer to use for recycling of clay scraps; and

• Rebecca Pierce, an AHS French teacher, to facilitate funding for a French-speaking theater troupe to perform for AHS students.

In addition, members of the AHS Class of 1972 raised more than $2,000 as part of their 40-year class reunion to benefit the Foundation and provide field trip funds for students within the district. The Foundation has awarded $175 of the Class of 1972 money to the AHS French program to attend a French theater performance at Reynolds High School in Portland.

Thus far, the Foundation has provided more than $2,500 for the Innovative Educator grants. Community members interested in getting involved with the Astoria School Foundation may call 503-325-6441.

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