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34 MCAS Teachers Receive Unity Grants

CONGRATULATIONS to the following MCAS Teachers, who have received small grant funding through the Unity Foundation of Laporte County. For details on Unity Grant programs for teachers, visit

Michigan City Education Foundation grants:

  • Arielle Smith, Barker Middle School, Kindness Project
  • Elizabeth Camel, Coolspring Elementary School, Keys to Creativity
  • Angela Dydo, Coolspring Elementary School, It All Works Out—A Math Project
  • Ashlyn Palmer, Edgewood Elementary, Bookflix
  • Michelle Sickles, Edgewood Elementary, We Are Crew
  • Sheri Tuesburg and Holly Stanisci, Edgewood Elementary, Voracious Readers and Astonishing Authors
  • Hannah Scheller, Knapp Elementary, Reading/Writing Independent Centers
  • Erica Ackerson, Krueger Middle School, Net Worth
  • Kelly Tokoly‐Rothermel, Krueger Middle School, Scents-sational Art Sensory Sketchbooks
  • Elizabeth Law, Lake Hills Elementary, Phonics Fun
  • Susan Shell, Marsh Elementary, We are Better Together
  • Stephanie Jones, Springfield Elementary, Using play to prepare for the motor skills needed for Kindergarten
  • Erin Ledyard, Springfield Elementary, Clay Therapy
  • Amanda Wallen, Sharon Arndt, and Megan Orlando, Pine Elementary, Boogieing Our Day Away (Funding assistance for this project was also provided by the Debbie New Paholski Foundation)

Barbara A. Carmen Memorial Endowment Fund grants:

  • Erin Colvin, Barker Middle School, Creating Passionate Readers
  • Holly Zborowski, Coolspring Elementary School, Healthy Me
  • Laurie Rockensuess, Edgewood Elementary, Ukulele Project
  • Leanna Smith, Edgewood Elementary, K is for Kindergarten
  • Ryan Labis, Krueger Middle School, Get Fit, Get Ready, Get Happy
  • Ashley Brown, Marsh Elementary, Mr. Popper's Penguins Pop into Marsh
  • Nicole Groleau, Springfield Elementary, Sensory Toys

Teacher Innovation Fund for Michigan City Area Schools grants:

  • Susan Cleveland, MCHS, Mosaic Murals
  • Lynne Clinkert, MCHS, It's all fun and games
  • Candy Feare, MCHS, Get Moving! Get Motivated! Get Physically Active!
  • Kristen Freitag, MCHS, Comfort in the Classroom
  • Adam Goebel, MCHS, Elementary Science (This award is supported by the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce in memory of A.K. Smith graduate and long-time Horizon Bank employee, Joe Mellen.)
  • Rachel Pauer, MCHS, Dual Credit Biology 2: Learning About You
  • Cheri Whitler, MCHS, Cut it Out!
  • Amy Wojasinski‐Labis, MCHS, Celebrations through Wolfpack
  • Ashley Zahrt, MCHS, Digital Microscopy
  • Robert Schaffer, A.K. Smith, Dress for Success ‐ Fire Science Student Uniforms