McElroy Excellence in Education Enrichment Grant

McElroy Excellence in Education Enrichment Grant

The purpose of the McElroy Excellence in Education Enrichment Grant is to provide funding for classroom teachers to develop innovative, educational experiences for their students in their current school year. These projects must be an integral part of your current curriculum as well as demonstrate excellence in education. 

This funding is provided by the McElroy Trust as part of the Excellence in Education Grants Program. The McElroy Trust has identified the following eligible Central Rivers AEA districts (this includes all accredited non-public institutions within these district boundaries):

  • Aplington-Parkersburg
  • Cedar Falls
  • Clarksville
  • Denver
  • Dike-New Hartford
  • Dunkerton
  • East Buchanan
  • Gladbrook-Reinbeck
  • Grundy Center
  • Hudson
  • Independence
  • Janesville
  • Jesup
  • Nashua-Plainfield
  • North Butler
  • North Tama
  • Sumner-Fredericksburg
  • Tripoli
  • Union
  • Wapsie Valley
  • Waterloo
  • Waverly-Shell Rock
  • Central Rivers AEA special programs (North Iowa Juvenile Detention Services, River Hills School, and Woodhaven Youth Shelter)

Grants will be awarded from $100-$2,000 which is selected by a committee of Educational as well as community leaders.


Either an individual teacher or a team of teachers may submit a grant. No teacher may be involved in more than one grant for the 2023-2024 school year. To be eligible, a teacher must hold a current teaching license and must be teaching in one of the school districts listed above (including non-public institutions) that is Department of Education accredited.

The application process will close on Wednesday, November 22 at 1:00 pm. Interested applicants should use the online application platform.

2023-2024 Awarded Projects

This grant is a testament to the following winner’s dedication to providing students with innovative opportunities that will enhance the educational experience of our students. The Central Rivers AEA grant selection committee is confident that the following projects will make a significant impact. We believe in the power of innovative ideas to shape the future of education, and these applications exemplifies this commitment.

ApplicantDistrictApplication TitleRequested AmountProposed Amount
Joanna SeymourDike-New HartfordLet’s Make Algorithms – CS for Littles$1,679.86$1,679.86
Bridget BakulaCedar FallsIndependent Living Skills$2,000$2,000
Jay BeichleyGladbrook-ReinbeckSpecially Designed Instruction Materials$200$200
Kasey SentsAplington-ParkersburgA-P Paw Pack$1,200$1,200
Craig HemsathUnionDigitial Tools for Health Investigation & Evaluation$1,612$1,612
Lindsey TruaxAplington-ParkersburgBridges Literacy Connection$1,079.37$87.15
Christine BaileyCVCSReady, Set, SPIKE!$1,869.60$1,869.60
Natalie WilliamsWaverly-Shell Rock (LIED)Spring Time Fun$1,600$240
Linda PollockDunkertonAquaponic Growth, plants and supplies$186$186
Hunter HamiltonDike-New HartfordOrnithology and Birding Unit$2,000$2,000
Monika KerkoveJesupCoding in the Special Education Classroom$1,500$1,500
Rachel SwalesDenverOviparous Hatching$2,000$2,000
Stephanie EstlingUnionBee Bots$950$950
Kathleen ReedCedar FallsPreschool Motor Development$1,790.01$511.95
Lynn GerbigCedar FallsAuthentic Learning 3D Printers$1,263.37$1,263.37
Jackie WestWaterlooLiving Skills in the Kitchen$2,000$414.10
Paula BuchholzAplington-ParkersburgForensic Science Class$2,000$2,000

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