2016-2017 Janet (Collings) Drayton Teacher Innovation Grant

Deadline: October 14 2016 at 11:59 PM CDT (Midnight) - CLOSED

This program is inactive or past the deadline.


Janet (Collings) Drayton was an elementary school teacher for 36 years at Kingsbury Elementary School. Mrs. Drayton believed “Education provides a world of Opportunity” for her students. She would routinely spend much of her own money in order to provide materials and field trips for her students to enhance their education. These materials and field trips were those things normal school budgets did not or could not provide. One special project of Mrs. Drayton’s was making sure third grade students at Kingsbury learned the History of La Porte County. This endowment fund was established to provide direct financial support to the classroom teachers at Kingsbury School so they may provide enhanced educational opportunities in the same tradition that Mrs. Drayton provided.

How Can the Grants be Used?
The grants are intended to be utilized for classroom projects that support math and science learning and field trips that teach the History of La Porte County. This includes programs that focus on propelling students who are in the top quartile of academic achievement and projects that are tied to advancing curriculum and student engagement and performance (projects that bring learning to life for the students). Grants will not be approved to supply routine activities or basic classroom supplies.

How Much Money is Available?
Each grant applicant may request up to $500. Multiple teachers may collaborate using one application.

How Will Recipients Be Chosen?
Committee members sign confidentiality agreements, and all information from the applications is kept in the strictest of confidence.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 14, 2016.
Awards will be announced by Monday, October 31, 2016.
Funds will be available Friday, November 11, 2016.

Projects must be completed by the conclusion of the current school year (June 1, 2017).


Who’s Eligible to Apply?
This grant opportunity is open to individuals that meet the following criteria:
1) Licensed school teachers employed by the La Porte Community School Corporation and teaching at Kingsbury Elementary School

Project Report
Recipients must file a report with Unity Foundation detailing project implementation and outcomes by Friday, June 9, 2017. Recipients may also be invited to make a presentation at a La Porte Community School Corporation Board Meeting.