2019 - 2020 Teacher Grants

"Based on voting, the following ten educators each won a $1,000 Maps grant. Congratulations to them, and thanks to everyone who supports our community’s students."

The winners, who each received $1,000, were selected based on the number of online votes they received for the video each created that answered the question “How will this grant make a difference to your students?” Voters were asked to lean toward proposals that promote financial literacy, hands-on learning, or preparing for college.

The funds were awarded as part of the foundation’s annual education grant program, which has given more than $54,000 to Marion and Polk county teachers.

  • Elizabeth Limbird of Robert Frost Elementary School is purchasing additional books to replace the old ones used in their “Reading Rangers” program which partners volunteers with students to create a unique reading and learning experience. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Emily Allen of Butte Creek Elementary School two time winner, is purchasing video editing software for students to create documentaries and compete in Oregon History Day. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Rebecca Kuenzi of Butte Creek Elementary School is growing their after-school theater program by purchasing microphones for their performers. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Betty Ishii of Cloverdale Elementary School is raising funds and using their Maps Teacher Grant to take her 4th grade students on a 3-day field trip to explore the path the pioneers took on the Oregon Trail. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Dana Costa of Lee Elementary School​ will purchase a T-shirt making machine to invest in student’s social and emotional learning. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • David Hurley of Cascade High School is investing in a self-tracking robotic filming system to record all of his lectures to provide class content to all students, even the ones not currently in the classroom. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Nicolette Scott of Four Corners Elementary School is starting a student store for students to spend their hard earned Cubs Care Cash to help motivate and promote financial literacy. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Rachael Jones of Gervais Middle School will be using the Teacher Grant to purchase bookcases and to fill them up with popular books to encourage students to continue reading. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 
  • Alyssa Shyrock of Stayton Elementary School is using the grant to purchase books and headphones for the students to practice and enjoy reading. | Entry Video - Facebook Live Presentation 


The grants are funded by Maps Community Foundation accounts, which invests a penny in the community each time a member uses a Maps Community Checking debit card. Last year, debit card use brought in more than $94,000 for teacher grants, community grants, scholarships, financial education, and non-profit support.

Look for the next round of teacher grant applications/requirements to be announced – fall of 2020!