Mini Grants Spring 2021

Foundation Awards $200 Mini Grants to Support Students and Educators
Posted on 02/16/2021
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The Carson City School District, on behalf of the Carson City Schools Foundation (CCSF), is pleased to announce another round of $200 mini grant winners for Spring 2021. Each semester, CCSF gives back to educators and students alike.

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.

The Spring 2021 $200 mini-grant winners include the following alphabetically by school:

  • Candi Ruf, Carson High School: To support participation of community partners and students in the upcoming virtual Career Fair
  • Anne Marie Aydelott, Carson Middle School: Purchasing Turing Tumbles and puzzle books to support problem solving and general interest in math/computer science
  • Kiersten Piekarz, Carson Middle School: Implement a school-wide 12-week tiered reading incentive program
  • Joshlyn Jensen, Empire Elementary School: Adding flexible seating to her classroom
  • Camilla Jorst, Empire Elementary School: To support the upcoming "Week of Kindness" by implementing "Watch Kindness Grow" a school-wide planting and read-aloud activity
  • Laura Ricks, Empire Elementary School: To purchase books for a teacher book club
  • Susan Squires, Empire Elementary School: Building a sensory path on the playground
  • Jonathan Chang, Fremont Elementary School: To purchase ukuleles for the school's music program
  • Gina Hoppe, Fritsch Elementary School: Increase math performance by incentivizing students to utilize ST Math
  • Beth Jones & Adrienne Turner, Mark Twain Elementary School: Creating a painted bike bath for Pre-K students
  • Jackie Smith, Seeliger Elementary School: To provide nutritious snacks for an after-school program for English Learners

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.

For more information about the CCSF, please visit To make a contribution with your credit card, go to To view an informational video, please click here.