Student Grant Awards 2013-2014

We are pleased to announce the PPIE Innovative Student Grant awards for 2013- 2014. Fourteen Pleasanton Unified School District students from the elementary, middle and high school levels were awarded a total of $4,992.08 in funding for a variety of student-initiated projects.

“Supporting student initiative and innovation has been a hallmark of the PPIE Foundation grant program since it began over 25 years ago,” said Susan Hayes, PPIE Executive Director. “The Innovative Student Grant Program remains an important element in PPIE’s mission to enhance education by empowering students through supporting their ideas and dreams.”

Filmmaking Equipment for Disenfranchised Students
$483.10 – Foothill High school
Student: Jose Alvarado
Teacher: Caroline Fields
Funds will provide equipment for club members who would otherwise not be able to participate

FHS Science Olympiad
$325.00 – Foothill High School
Student: Aloysha Bendebury
Teacher: Craig Kelso
Funds will allow the club to host a STEM-focused competition

Teens 4 Teens Club Makes “Meals for Munchkins”
$500.00 – Foothill High School
Student: Kelley Dixon
Teacher: Ken Newbery
Funds will support the club’s project to make meals for families staying at Ronald McDonald House

Yoga at Horizon High School
$492.24 – Horizon High School
Student: Johana Graciano
Teacher: Christine Capitani
Funds will provide equipment for Horizon’s physical education yoga program

FHS Math Team
$225.00 – Foothill High School
Student: Roland Huang
Teacher: Scott Gorsuch
Funds will support the activities of the FHS Math Team

FHS Ping Pong Club
$400 – Gail Myers, Foothill High School
Student: Alexander Lim
Teacher: Gail Myers
Funds will help establish the school’s Ping Pong Club

Handbooks for Mathcounts Team
$250.00 – Thomas S. Hart Middle School
Student: Karna Mendonca-Kamath
Teacher: Caryl Daly
Funds to purchase team handbooks for math contest to be hosted at Foothill High School

ACE Coding- Enhancing Classes
$500.00 – Amador Valley High School
Student: Brandon Pon
Teacher: Richard Hanson
Funds will provide materials and support for club outreach activities designed to introduce programming skills to younger students and the community at large.

PMS Chess Club- Equity in Tournament Participation
$250.00 – Pleasanton Middle School
Student: Samuel Saldinger
Teacher: Elizabeth Brooke-Garza
Funds will allow all club members to participate in tournaments regardless of ability to pay

Donlon Elementary Garden
$244.16 – Donlon Elementary School
Student: Sydney Walsh
Teacher: Betsy Finney
Funds will provide soil & plants to revitalize the Donlon Elementary Garden, and help establish a Garden Club to maintain it

E Pluribus Unum Mural
$282.58 – Foothill High School
Student: Yandi Wu
Teacher: Trish Fenton
Funds to support annual mural project on campus by FHS Mural Club

Hart Interact Junior’s Students Heart Service
$370.00 – Thomas S. Hart Middle School
Student: Cathy Yoo
Teacher: Marla Simon
Funds to support the club’s Water Pasteurization Indicator project

Foothill High School Speech and Debate Club
$420.00 – Foothill High School
Student: Jason Zhang
Teacher: Lisa Fulton
Funds provide support for four events

Hosting Mathleague Middle School Math Contest
$250.00 – Foothill High School
Student: Nathan Zhang
Teacher: Scott Gorsuch
Funds provide support for hosting a middle school math contest at FHS