4 schools receive $5,000 High Impact Imagine Grants from SPS

  • On March 8, Springfield Public Schools delivered four big checks to four schools.

    McBride, Sequiota and Watkins elementary schools, as well as Jarrett Middle School, each won $5,000 to fund innovative projects at their schools. Principals had to submit a video proposal that highlighted a potential project that they imagined for the benefit of their whole school, said Christine Jones, coordinator of summer learning and student experiences.

    “For the last three years, we’ve awarded more than 50 Imagine Grants to SPS teachers, giving them up to $1,500 to fund an effort that would increase engagement in their classrooms,” said Jones. “But we wanted to involve our principals and award four $5,000 grants to fund their ideas that would have a high impact on the learning in their buildings.”

    2018 funded High Impact Imagine Grants feature a variety of learning experiences, spaces and initiatives. View their winning proposals below.

    McBride Elementary School
    $5,000 for an innovative makerspace station, featuring enhanced robotics equipment


    Sequiota Elementary School
    $5,000 for STEAM equipment that infuse the arts with science, technology and math instruction


    Watkins Elementary School
    $5,000 for conscious discipline program materials to implement the classroom management model 

    Jarrett Middle School
    $5,000 for computer information science conference held at Jarrett for middle school students districtwide interested in computer programming