Recent Grants In Action
District-Wide National Visiting Author & Illustrator Series Stories Alive! – 26 Years Strong!
The Stories Alive program brings literacy to life for our 3,700+ K-5th students. Sponsored in conjunction with Hills Bank & Trust, the Foundation brings in a national author and/or illustrator for a week long artist-in-residence series. Students explore the writing and illustrating process, hear the great things about being an author, the hard work and practice it takes and how to make stories and characters come alive! This highly engaging program is a treasured Linn-Mar tradition.
District-Wide Music In The Schools
The Foundation proudly supports several highly engaging music in the schools programs for the District including artists-in-residence series Opera Iowa, Orchestra Iowa and Pan American Steel Drum Ensembles. Another signature program supporting the arts launched in 2014 is Music Connects. This program provides a used instrument and summer music lessons for any 5th grade student who wants to participate in band or orchestra but faces financial obstacles to participation. Music Connects will continue to support students as they advance into middle school and high school music with larger instruments.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)
District Google Expeditions Units
Student iPads for eight schools
Mimio Teach Bars for staff
SPRK+ Sphero Coding Units
Makerstation or “Make To Learn” STEM centers in nine schools
High School Science Lab Equipment
AquaCulture Lab Equipment
Ceramic Studio Pottery Wheels
Investing in Innovation & Emerging Curriculum Areas
Computer Science Applications
IowaBIG Makerstation – Virtual Reality Technology, 360 Camera, Drone, 3D Printer
Ten 3D Printers for Middle School Gateway to Technology classes & High School
ROARstore Student Run Apparel Store
Champions For Kids Fund-supporting students with financial obstacles
ALO Program – Accountability, Leadership & Opportunity
Musical Instruments & Beginner Band and Orchestra Lessons
Advanced Placement Exams
Scholarships to participate in Academics, Activities and Athletics