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Making an Impact: Funding Innovative, Equitable Learning

Making an Impact: Funding Innovative, Equitable Learning
Excel Grants

The Highline Schools Foundation awarded close to $69,000 in Excel and Impact grants this year. Foundation representatives made the rounds surprising and delighting staff with oversized checks. For the first time since late 2019, the Foundation is awarding Excel and Impact Grants (mostly) in person! 

The Foundation received 50 grant applications. Forty-two grants from 22 schools were funded. Excel grants totaled $54,147.35, and two Impact grants totaled $14,555.72. These grants fund innovative, equitable, and engaging learning at all grade levels.

The Foundation’s Impact and Excel grant program supports classroom innovation and equity. Excel Grants provide up to $2,500 for projects that benefit a group, classroom or school. An Impact Grant provides up to $10,000 for a program that affects a large group of students. 

Learn more about grant details on Highline Schools Foundation’s website

Here are this year's Excel & Impact Grant Awards winners:

Impact Grants

Cascade Middle School 

Lisa Theofelis, Counseling & Calming Spaces for Students 

Valley View Early Learning Center  

Ogadinma Onwuka, Language is Core! 

Excel Grants

Beverly Park Elementary School

  • Barbara Bennet, What Makes a Superhero Super? 
  • Mary Schimmelbusch - Project Based Learning EdTech
  • Kristina Suznevich – Field Trip to the Zoom 

Big Picture Schools

  • Chloe Velasquez & Teresa Eberhardt, SewingSpace: a class for making with fabric 

Cascade Middle School 

  • Alexa Wayman, Art With Heart Group 
  • Nadia Counter, Let’s Save Lives! CPR Training
  • Lauren Tran, Self Regulations Toolkits for Classrooms 
  • Liliana Caracoza Lopez, Young Men’s, Young Women’s, and Non-Binary Counseling Groups 

Chinook Middle School       

  • Chad Harper, Non-English Language Books for Chinook Library 

Des Moines Elementary School

  • Brenda Martin, Diverse Classroom Library

Evergreen High School

  • Ian Wengs, Coffee Cart Equipment for Student Skill Building 

Highline High School

  • Barbara Abbott, Therapeutic Activity Room Equipment

Hilltop Elementary School

  • Mary Popich, STEAM Ahead with Art!  
  • Corbin Busby, Multilingual Learners Deserve Multilingual Books 

Madrona Elementary School

  • Alexandria Skagen, Hands on Handwriting

Marvista Elementary School

  • Caitlin Gribble, Library Book Repair Equipment 

McMicken Elementary School

  • Spencer Flanagan, Supporting Emotional Regulations with The Zones od Regulations Social Skills Curriculum 
  • Wesley Smith, Serving SEL Needs with Cougar Time 
  • Nancy Shi, SELebrating Friendships
  • Vivienne Alcantara, Manga Mania! And Other Necessary Books 
  • Jennifer Walsh, Inquiring Brains Want to Pop! 
  • Stephanie Hasselbauer, Social + Emotional Development 

Midway Elementary School

  • Jenna Smith, Equitable Books for Special Education 

North Hill Elementary School

  • Leah Stephens, Drumming through COVID 

Pacific Middle School 

  • Claudia House, Bike For Life 

Parkside Elementary School

  • Jeana Greco, Can You Teach Me How to Dribble? 

Social Work

  • Tessa Koutsky, Yoga Mats


  • Steve Buck, Drone Kits for Students

Realistic Transition Program     

  • Theresa Ognoskie, Mall Field Trip for Special Needs Students to Practice Communication Skills & Buying Lunch 

Seahurst Elementary School

  • Carolyn Zike, See It to Be It: Elementary Career & College Exploration

Southern Heights Elementary School         

  • Kaitlin Mcgrew, Mental health for students
  • Jennifer Ferry, Upgrading/Expanding Series Book Collection at Southern Heights 

Tyee High School

  • Asami Sheffield, Engagement & UDL 
  • Alana Vinther, Talk – Lead – Grow
  • Alison Thomas, Lab Materials for “Why Cars Don’t Run on Rocket Fuel” 
  • Colleen Pfeilschiefter, Cameras for Creative Communicators 
  • Iris Guzman, Art with Heart Student Mental Health

Valley View

  • Shanalyn Hoefer & Rebecca Androes – Outdoor Exploration/Playground Materials 


  • Julia Keiter, Snowshoeing Field Trip for WELS Students 

White Center Heights Elementary School   

  • Shoshanna Cohen, Robot Kits for Kids