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The PTSA Mini-Grant program considers proposals from teachers each semester to fund special projects and extraordinary classroom needs.  

2017-18 Mini-Grant Guidelines and For​ms Packet

PTSA Mini-grants enable the Raider faculty to enrich and extend learning opportunities throughout the year. 

The Raider Band performed in Carnegie Hall in March 2017. During their visit to New York City, a PTSA mini-grant enabled​ the students to visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 


The Environmental Science classes created a short video in September 2016 to document some of the exciting projects made possible through the 2015-16 PTSA Mini-grant program:



Working closely with the faculty and staff, the PTSA awarded more than $11,000 to teachers during the 2016-17 school year:

Riverwood PTSA Mini Grant Awards 2016-2017
RecipientsMini Grant Project DepartmentTeacher/ AdministratorAmount Granted

Accelerated Math 9th Grade Students Graphing Calculators TI_84 CEMathTaylor$935.92
ESOL Parents/StudentsBingo Nights for ESOL families ESOL Schmidt$279.58
Environmental Science studentsGrow Lights vertical system for class aquaponic plant systemScienceLawrimore $349.00
Riverwood student body and StaffSingle stream recycling pick up and waste managementScienceLawrimore $688.50
Choral Music Students/Music Technology students9-12iCreate:contributed an ipad to class setVisual/Performing Arts
Environmental and Earth Systems students and culinary departmentFall garden planting and soil testingScienceLawrimore$165.29
Writing center student tutors and RICS studetns in genearlRaider Writing student tutors field trip to KSU’s Writing CenterEnglishToledano$165.00
TAG Students grades 9-1121st century skills exploration-Escape the bus TAG DeptBala$850.00
All Human Anatomy and IB Biology students (~85)Bodies Exhibit Class TripBiology Michael$500.00
All RICS students are targeted in an effort to promote positive school attendance“Every Day Counts” School Attendance ProgramCounceling Inverson$300.00
9th grade ELA studentsGA Milestones Preparation: Upfront Magazine SubscriptionIBKenney$1,307.00
AP Statistics and AMDM studentsStudying the Use of Probability in Realistic Applications: You have been conned class setMathGermano$598.00
Students  and Judges participating in science fair Science Fair Student Awards/breakfast for judgesScienceLawrimore$129.20
Riverwood Debate ClubDebate Tournament Fees EnglishGuill $500.00
Riverwood Parents and StudentsHow to help your child manage anxiety: Dr. Stan Hibbs presentation to RICS parentsCounceling Dyche$300.00
Riverwood student body and tutorsWriting Center, Ink, organizational shelves, snacksEnglishToledano$558.29
Debate Team Debate TeamEnglishGuill$700.00
CBI StudentsCBI Welcome Home- Return of the Raider CelebrationAdminEvans$282.00
TAG Students- Physics DepartmentElectric House ProjectPhysicsBala$564.50
Riverwood Band StudentsCarnegie Hall Band Trip 9/11 MuseumBandRodriguez$963.00
CTI StudetnsCareer Tech Instruction-Visit to Gwinnett ColledgeCTIJordan/Gosh
One Sutdent ScholarshipSend RW students to Spanish CampLanguagesSanchez$125.00

Backpack Meal ProgramCouceling
Environmental Science ClassesAPES review and water quality field tripEnvironmental SCiLawrimore$100.00
At Risk SeniorsMentor and Mentee Graduation ProjectCounceling
Writing Center Poetry WinnersCenter Poetry Grand SlamEnglishToledano$40.00
PLC TeachersPLC BreakfastAdminPeoples$71.84

Total Grant Funded this year$11,686.12

*Culinary Arts Rouxbe Virtual Culinary Courses $390 earmarked for next year not included in report

In 2015-16, the PTSA awarded more than $30,000 to teachers:

Teacher/AdministratorDepartmentDescription Mini-Grant Amount
Mary Ellen GravesMathematicsGeometer's Sketchpad software for 12 licenses $360.00
Lauren Fogarty, Mary SchmidtESOLBingo Night for ESOL families $200.00
Elissa OliverCTAECulinary Arts Chef Hats $1,047.00
Thaddeus Caldwell/Sheri SmithClubFBLA Professional Dress $1,000.00
David HardingScienceEntomology Collection and Materials $1,097.87
Patricia LawrimoreScienceGarden Work $250.00
Dana MunsonVPAVideo Technology for IB Film Studies $2,103.70
Zach FeldbergClubDebate Team registration fees $400.00
Joshua WilliamsClubSolving Global Issues with Model United Nations $720.00
Jasmine IversonAdministrationEvery Day Counts School Attendance Program $500.00
Patricia LawrimoreScienceTrout Unlimited Fish "Farm" $600.00
Raymond ParkerCampus SecurityThe Fatal Vision Marijuana Simulation Experience - program to be used in health classes to educate the dangers of marijuana. $1,375.00
Jeanne UrbanScienceScience Collaborative Groups Lab Groups Supplies $3,000.00
Christy ToledanoLanguage ArtsRaider Writing Center: Peer tutoring. Tools, printer, snacks. $912.69
Thomas GarrettAVIDAVID Field Trips - Snacks for 4 college field trips $400.00
Stanetress KingAdministrationBus Drivers Appreciation $515.80
Stanetress KingAdministrationSensational Seniors $1,000.00
Patricia LawrimoreScienceRecycling at RICS $700.00
Lauren FogartyESOLHeadphones for Rosetta Stone $520.00
Rama BalachandranScienceRulers for Best Fit! $237.00
Lakshmi Anumukonda/Rama BalachandranScienceHelp us to solve problems! (calculators) $620.00
Zach FeldbergClubDebate Tournament Fees October $385.00
Zach FeldbergClubDebate Tournament Fees November $735.00
Patricia LawrimoreScienceScience Fair Hospitality $500.00
Charles GermanoMathematicsAdvance Math Decision Making (AMDM) Teacher Materials $194.50
Thomas GarrettAdministrationNational Counselors Week Celebration (goodie bags and catered lunch) $500.00
Diane DameLanguage ArtsMYP Mentor/Mentee Breakfast $620.45
Donna VargasWorld LanguagesSpanish Immersion Camp $1,650.00
Karlyn Mueller-HillsScienceHominid and Ape Skull comparison set $2,163.00
Christy ToledanoLanguage ArtsRaider Writing Center: Peer tutoring. $930.22
Patricia LawrimoreScienceOrienteering course and materials $200.00
Elissa OliverCTAEChef Coats Culinary $1,876.14
Elissa OliverCTAECulinary Arts Lockers and Locks $609.50
Rama BalachandranScienceElectric House Project $752.57
Mary SchmidtESOLMoby Max annual license renewal $699.00
Dallas HollisClubDebate Coach Training $600.00
Carlos Rodriguez & Mary Beth van der HoekBand, Theatre, ChorusMoving Making in Band and Theatre $1,899.00


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