Foundation Grants

Foundation Awards Various Grants to Support Students and Educators
Posted on 11/19/2020
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The Carson City School District, on behalf of the Carson City Schools Foundation (CCSF), is pleased to announce mini and department grant winners for Fall 2020. Each semester, CCSF gives back to educators and students alike. This last semester, the foundation awarded $200 mini-grants as well as up to $2,000 grants for a department, school or grade-level project(s).

“The competitive process garners dozens of applications from district educators each semester,” Steven Reynolds, chairperson of the CCSF Board, said. “The review committee always has a difficult task of narrowing down all the worthy applications. But we are pleased to recognize and support these exciting programs for students.”

The Fall 2020 $200 mini-grant winners include the following alphabetically by last name:

  • John Corbitt: Pioneer High School—Pioneer High School Parent/Guardian Appreciation Drive-Thru Breakfast
  • Rachel Croft: Bordewich Bray Elementary School—Students will learn about rock formations and fossils in rock layers and create a model to show their understanding of fossils as part of fourth grade science standards
  • Margarita Portillo: Eagle Valley Middle School—Renovate the school’s front entrance to create a more welcoming space for our students and their families
  • Laura Ricks: Empire Elementary School—Funds to create a diverse classroom library in both genres of literature and in diversity of cultures
  • Cassidy Robinson: Empire Elementary School—Purchase of books to supplement Artie Almeida's "Mallet Madness"
  • Kristin Steinkraus: Pioneer High School—Funds for physics students to build a Shopvac hovercraft and a fluidized air bed to demonstrate physics principles in a meaningful and memorable way
  • Briana Valley: Carson Middle School—With live vocal performances put on hold due to the pandemic, students will work on virtual performances where they learn the music in class, and then record themselves at home

The Fall 2020 department-grant winners include the following alphabetically by department:

  • Carson High School Fine Arts Department, Grades 9-12: Adapting Performing Arts programs to pandemic restrictions ($2,000 department grant)
  • Carson Middle School Library: Graphic novel & manga section in CMS library ($2,000 department grant)
  • Mark Twain Elementary School fifth grade Student Leadership: School-wide communication with Morning News ($1,500 grade-level project grant)
  • Transportation: Manipulatives/fidgets for Special Needs Students ($2,000 department grant)
  • Work-Based Learning, Grades 4-12: Virtual field trips, guest speakers, job shadows ($2,000 department grant)

CCSF is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community involvement and investment in the public schools of Carson City. This project is one of the many results of the “Empower Carson City 2022″ Strategic Plan – a five-year strategic plan for extraordinary schools built by the community of Carson City.

CCSF was created to increase student achievement through philanthropic investment and involvement. Established by the Carson City School District’s Board of Trustees, the foundation promotes education programs that traditional funding sources may not be able to reach.

For more information about the CCSF, please visit To make a contribution with your credit card, go to