Solie wins grant from Meemic Foundation

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Elm Lawn fourth-grade teacher Anne Solie won a grant worth nearly $1,000 from the Meemic Foundation last week.

She was presented a check for $997 by Jenna Williams and Adam Stainbrook, who work for the WEIS Agency in Madison, on Friday, Sept. 5 in her classroom at Elm Lawn. The money will be used to purchase two Chromebooks and an iPad tablet.

The Chromebooks will be used to blog, make presentations and do research while the iPad tablet will be used for video logs, making short movies and other ideas that students develop, Solie said.

"When I found out I was so excited I would have more technology resources in the classroom to enhance learning and inspire creativity,'' she said.

Solie is the fourth MCPASD teacher to receive a Meemic Foundation grant in the past year. Park fourth-grade teacher Brenda Autz and Sunset Ridge first-grade teacher Karin Koenig won book grants totaling more than $900 in January, while West Middleton first-grade teacher Casey Harrod received a  nearly $500 grant to help with the school's phonics program last fall.

"The teachers and staff at MCPASD continue to impress us with their level of commitment to their students and improving the learning opportunities in their classrooms,'' Stainbrook said. "To the best of our knowledge, MCPASD has received more Meemic Foundation grants than any other district in the state to date. As the local Meemic Insurance Agency, it’s extremely rewarding to see a portion of our members’ premiums reinvested into the educational communities we serve.''

Meemic Foundation grants are available to teachers in Wisconsin and Michigan. The foundation has provided grants and other financial assistance to schools and educators since 1992. The foundation's efforts have impacted more than 1.5 million students.