Lancer Parent Organization fulfills grants

The Lancer Parent Organization president and vice president handed out grants to staff members.
The Lancer Parent Organization president and vice president handed out grants to staff members.
Morgan Stoermer

The Lancer Parent Organization fulfills grants for staff members and students each year, often purchasing items and providing money for different reasons.

“We have a rubric that we follow. How much is [the grant], how many kids will it serve, how long will it last?” LPO Vice President Giovanna Lear said.

This year, LPO was able to fulfill 10 grants. LPO President Sara Robeson and Lear came to Lafayette on April 22 to give out the grants.

“It’s my favorite day of the year,” Robeson said. “Everybody works really hard to earn this money and it’s cool to see what people do with it.”

LPO tried to encourage students to apply for grants.

“We’re trying to get our students to look around so we can support exactly what our students are asking for and needing,” Robeson said.

One thing they look at is how many people each grant impacts.

“It’s about what makes our staff, students and community’s lives better,” Lear said.

With a decline in volunteers, Lear hopes that more parents will get involved next year so the LPO can continue filling grants.

“Lancers Landing hasn’t made as much money this year,” Lear said. “It’s closed more often because we don’t have anyone to work it.”

Along with parent donations, LPO relies on the money made from Lancers Landing to fund the grants.

Lauren Dean, Senior

Grant Fulfilled: French Club Support

“French Club serves over forty students so we’ll be able to help with funding,” Robeson said.

Outside the ASC classroom, LPO president Sara Robeson surprises SSD teacher Kathy Klages with her grant. This was Klages first year applying. (Morgan Stoermer)
Kathy Klages, SSD

Grant Fulfilled: Best Buddies Convention

“This is for two of our Lafayette students to attend a convention in Indiana to learn and get different ideas to bring back to our chapter,” Klages said.

Meghan Landwehr, Language Arts

Grants Fulfilled: Flexible Seating, Books

“I’m calling them birthday books to be able to put books in kids’ hands,” Landwehr said. “It’s exciting.”

Ashley Lewis, Physical Education

Grant Fulfilled: Special Education Bike

“For my PE Mentors class, the kids will get to ride a lap on the bike and then switch off,” Lewis said. “We’ll have multiple kids getting to do it throughout the hour.”

Outside her photography class, art teacher Meghan O’Donnell is given her grant. O’Donnell has tried other styluses but found Apple Pencils were needed for her art classes. (Morgan Stoermer)
Meghan O’Donnell, Art

Grant Fulfilled: Apple Pencils

“I’m super excited that our students will have the opportunity to use industry quality equipment,” O’Donnell said.

Lauren Sakowski, Art

Grant Fulfilled: Jelly Plates

“We won plates for jelly printing. It’s going to be really really cool,” Sakowski said.

Kathryn Shea, Language Arts

Grant Fulfilled: Roomba

“It will be quite helpful and save me time since we’ve been having to vacuum our own rooms,” Shea said.

Emmanuelle Tamaroff, French

Grant Fulfilled: Oxford Notebooks

“I applied to get my students notebooks because multiple students don’t have a binder or anything to write on,” Tamaroff said.

During her plan period, language arts teacher Amy White is given her LPO grant by vice president Giovanna Lear. White has received LPO grants in the past. (Morgan Stoermer)
Amy White, Language Arts

Grants Fulfilled: Flexible Seating, School Supplies

“I’ve applied for it in the past and that’s how I got some of the other flexible seating,” White said. “I got school supplies to restock what I give out during the year for students who need it.”

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