A special thanks to our Corporate Matching Donors: PacNSave and Ameritas for helping to fund The IDEA Project. 

2016-2017 IDEA Grant Award Recipients


Mrs. Lilienkamp:  Imagine Learning English Technology  (Kindles)

“Having technology for students to use has become very important, especially in the world of ESL for students who have an Imagine Learning account.  This is a program that was created especially for English learners, preschool through sixth grade.  It has interactive activities, videos and games that are research-based to aid language and literacy development.  Student accounts are funded by a Title III grant, and Wayne Elementary is very fortunate to have access to this program.  The purchase of these Kindles with the IDEA grant has made it possible for students to have the technology they need to be able to use Imagine Learning in their classrooms at a time it fits into their busy day.  I hope that eventually we will be able to add more devices that can be dedicated for this use.  This grant has made a difference in the accessibility of Imagine Learning for one classroom, at least!”  ~  Mrs. Lilienkamp



4th Grade Team:  Igniting our Nonfiction Addiction  (Nonfiction books)

“Through the IDEA Grant, we were able to provide our students with opportunities to experience and interact with nonfiction text while reading the book Magic Tree House: Rain Forests.  The exciting and unusual information in this book kept our students engaged in their learning as they not only read about the rainforests in our world, but they also used their new knowledge to construct life-sized plants and animals of the rainforest!”  ~  Mrs. Hix

Mrs. Schardt:  Bon Appetit! Hospitality and Tourism Career Readiness  (Culinary utensils and equipment)

“The IDEA grant provided funding for kitchen equipment and utensils needed for our new Culinary Skills I class.  When setting up the course curriculum, I matched it to the State Department of Education standards and objectives listed for this course.  To achieve those objectives, certain labs needed to be offered.  The equipment that was purchased included double boilers, springform pans, cake decorating supplies, Ramekins with butane torches and scone pans.  The equipment was not only used by the fifteen students in the Culinary Skills I class, but all 7th graders and the 44 students in Foods and Sports and Nutrition classes. The students were able to do more challenging and involved baking labs with the equipment the Foundation provided.”   ~  Mrs. Schardt


2017-2018 grant recipients are:

Mrs. Schardt’s:  Batterie de Cuisine – Kitchen utensils and supplies

Miss Rasmussen:  Camera for Ag Ed & FFA

Mrs. Meyer and Kindergarten Teachers:  Leveled Library for Kindergarten Differentiated Reading

Mrs. Rockhill:  Up Close in Kindergarten – Document camera

2015-2016 IDEA Grant Award Recipients



Mrs. Wendte: Igniting a Passion for Reading ~ Enhancing the classroom library


1st Grade Team: Leveled Reading Books/Library in Language Arts for Differentiated Learning ~ Enhancing the grade level library and providing various levels of books for students to choose.


Mr. Cantrell: What is my car trying to tell me? ~ Technology used for vehicle diagnostic testing


Mr. Wieland: Zoom into Music ~ Portable digital recorders

2014-2015 IDEA Grant Award Recipients


(Below: Students using the Surface 2 devices that were purchased with The IDEA Grant funding)14-15-1

Diana Davis and Annette Rasmussen: Surface 2 “Everything we need… right on the Surface”
The Surface 2 is similar to an iPad except it comes loaded with the Microsoft package as well as apps available for purchase through the Microsoft store. Mrs. Davis stated, “It’s great to have the opportunity to show students another example of mobile technology. 10-12 graders have Chromebooks, but the surface is just different enough to give them an opportunity to use a Microsoft device rather than a google device. We’ve used the video feature in class. Most of them have iPhones or Smart phones so they’ve seen and used apps, but taking video and then downloading it was a new dimension. We downloaded the video into google and then inserted the video into a google website they had created for me earlier this semester.” Mrs. Davis, who is also the Junior High Track Coach is excited about using the device during competitions. She can video anything the athletes are doing and provide instant feedback to the athletes.

“I believe having the surface, which a different technology device than what is currently available in our district, gives the students an opportunity to become aware of and familiar with a technology tool he/she may be utilizing in the workplace.  This grant has provided an opportunity for Wayne students to become more successful in college and the work force.” ~ Mrs. Rasmussen

“Thank you to the foundation for the opportunity to receive a grant to enhance the classroom along with the athletics at Wayne Community Schools!” ~ Mrs. Davis


(Above: Mrs. Maas using the iPad for individualized instruction with a 1st grade student)

Courtney Mass: “iPad Integration in Language Arts and Math for Differentiated Instruction”

“It has been wonderful to have a 3rd iPad in my classroom. I had two that were used for Listen to Reading. The 3rd iPad has allowed me to do individualized interventions for students who may need extra help, or challenge students who are above grade level by using challenging activities.“ ~ Mrs. Maas


(Above: Mr. Beair’s PE Class utilizing SPARK Curriculum instruction.)



(Above: SPARK PE Curriculum)

“With the money from the foundation grant we purchased the SPARK High School PE Curriculum. This allows us to be completely aligned with the elementary and the junior high. I am very pleased with the materials and I see an improvement with the willingness to participate in physical education activities.

Thanks for everything!” ~Coach Beair


(Above: Mrs. Sims using the document camera that was purchased using The IDEA Grant funding.)

“I love that I can instruct my class without having my back to them.  It allows me to check in with them often and see the “I Got It” or “Help” looks on their faces as we go through the lesson.  It has been an excellent addition to my classroom and makes it easier to “zoom” in and concentrate on specific skills and concepts.” ~ Mrs. Sims

Comments from Mrs. Sims’ students:

“The document camera helped us with math – to learn the age of pennies.” ~ Braxton

“It’s really good so that we can see what out homework looks like and we can check Mrs. Sims’ handwriting.”
~ Genevieve

“Any object can be zoomed for students who need it bigger.” ~ Mason

“It helps so I can see what Mrs. Sims is teaching.” ~ Israel

“It’s cool that it can zoom in, and it helps us see the writing better so we know what we’re doing.” ~ Caiden

“We used it for Science to make really awesome origami frogs.” ~ Katelyn

2013-2014 IDEA Grant Award Recipients



Mrs. Niemann: WOW! Look What I See Using a Document Camera! ~ Document camera



Kindergarten Team: Reaching Literacy Goals with The Daily 5 ~ Differentiated reading instruction approaches



Junior High Science Teachers: SEEDS II: Students EngagED in Science ~ LabQuest 2 technology devices



Mrs. Hix: Tickle Our Brains with an ELMO! ~ Document camera