Award Recipients for 2015-2016 

Robert Glin Jeffrey Scholarship — Suphat Yoopensuk
Clara Waldrop Griffin Humphrey — Meg Robinson and Ayamei Willett
Eli & Sally Alexander Scholarship — Nicholas Alexander
James H. Boone Scholarship — John Ryne Winchester
Tommy Carroll Scholarship — Jackson Cain

The foundation approved tuition assistance grants totaling $2530 for 17 students in 12 families for 2015-16. Two endowed funds provided financial assistance for students: the Etherton Speech fund and the Alumni Band Fund.

Development and Enrichment Grants for 2015-2016 

Field Improvement — Jim Baurer
A $5000 donor designated grant from Toyota of Murray and matching grant from Toyota Corporation helped provide renovation of the football field at Ty Holland Stadium.

Athletic Hall of Fame — Jim Baurer
A $15,000 donor designated grant from alumni Tim Masthay will create and maintain a Hall of Fame at Murray High School honoring former athletes.

Books for Murray Elementary School — Sarah Saylor
A $1000 donor designated grant from Walmart will purchase material for the library and classrooms at Murray Elementary School.

Blue Ribbon School Ceremony — Teresa Speed
A grant provided partial funding for the MHS principal to attend a ceremony in Washington DC honoring Murray High School as a Blue Ribbon School.

History Alive! A Chautauqua Experience —Tina Dunn
A speaker portraying Lily May Ledford will present two programs to MES and MMS students through a Kentucky Humanities Council grant funded by the foundation.

Mastering the Art of Creativity — Gena Maley
Material will purchased for use by students to create art in various media in imitation of masterpieces.

Music Educators Conference — Tim Zeiss and Beth Stribling
Partial funding will be provided to enable MISD band directors to attend the MidWest International Band Clinic.

Band Clinic — Beth Stribling
Funding will be provided for four of eight instructors to conduct a clinic for 7th and 8th grade bands at Murray Middle School.

Murray High Art Show — Emily Chipman
Art supplies and material will be purchased for use by students in preparing an exhibition at Murray High School in the spring term.

Enhancing Physics with Technology — Melanie Dawson
A Chrome Book Computer will be purchased for classroom use.

Technology in the Art Studio — Emily Chipman
A digital camera and computer will be purchased as instructional aids.

Mark Schmidt Technology Award for 2015-2016 

Stacey Lawson and the kindergarten team received a grant of $900 for the project “Communication Station Using ESGI.”

Mini-grants 2015-2016 

Murray Elementary School

Girl’s STEM Club: GIRL POWER RELEASED! — Marcy Back and Thenia Gibson
Second grade girls will engage in team-building activities and complete projects to develop their interest and increase their skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Appalachian Folkarts Festival — Kim Black , Tina Dunn, Stoya Hastings, and Michael Conley
Students will learn the origins of Appalachian culture by observing and participating in various arts, including weaving and quilting, music, storytelling, and folk dancing.

Nature in Our Backyard — Sherri Bazzell
Materials will be purchased to help students observe and record information about nature which is close to their classroom.

Motivating Readers — Sherri Bazzell
Equipment will be purchased to help interest third grade students in reading and to develop their skills.

Story Theatre — Tina Dunn
Reading comprehension skills will be enhanced by drama and creative dramatics, including workshops and live performances.

Kentucky Tales — Tina Dunn
The grant will provide fees and travel for a professional story-teller to perform and teach students about the oral history and culture of their region.

“Phonics Factory” — Stacey Lawson
Materials and equipment will be purchased to provide a multisensory system for the development of language skills.

“Sensational Science and Art” — Stacey Lawson
Learning will be enhanced through exposure to and hands-on experience with the basic vocabulary and materials of art and science.

Murray Middle School

Character Cash Program — Suzanne Armstrong and sixth grade teachers
Positive behavior is encouraged among sixth grade students through rewards for meeting expectations for grades and actions.

IXL-ing to a Better Understanding of Language Arts — Amy Coulson
The grant will cover a portion of the cost of a web-based computer program which allows teachers and students to monitor progress in learning language skills.

Using Current Events Sources in the Classroom — Amy Coulson
A continuation grant to purchase magazines and videos which may be shared among classes.

Super-Sized Grammar Instruction — Hope Foster
The grant will cover part of the cost of a web-based computer program by which students receive both results and explanations for missed responses.

Attitude of Gratitude — Hope Foster
Materials will be purchased with which students may write and mail thank-you letters.

Functional Art Forms – Creating in Clay — Gena Maley
Students will learn both the artistic and functional purposes of ceramic objects they create with materials provided by the grant funds.

Study Island for Science — Amanda Tipton and Mike Epperson
Individualized instruction at their own pace will be provided for science students through a computer program they can access in various ways.

Project Study Island — Sheri Rust
Funds will cover part of the cost of a web-based computer program which allows differentiated instruction, immediate feedback, built-in remediation, and real-time progress reports.

SmartMusic = Smart Musicians — Beth Stribling
The grant will cover the cost of an award-winning software program which allows music students to measure their skills against onscreen rhythms and pitches.

Technology for Project Based Learning — Kristen Swisher
A document camera and printer cartridge will be purchased for use by students in the fourth and fifth grade Flex program.

PBIS Rewards — Amanda Tipton
Prizes to implement the program Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports will be purchased.

Kin-Ball is Team Ball — Shauna Traylor
The grant will purchase equipment to use in a physical education program which encourages students to learn sportsmanship and teamwork.

A Better Way to Learn Math — Krissy Zirbel
A part of the cost of a web-based computer program to enhance students’ math skills will be paid by the grant.

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