Each year the Rapid City Public School Foundation fundraises to support our grants program. The foundation seeks to provide monetary support for RCAS staff and students to develop new programs through educational partnerships and innovative solutions. This program is also designed to encourage and support the execution of the RCAS Strategic Plan Priorities. Last year we awarded over $40,000 to innovative projects within the RCAS system. Our grant guidelines align with the Rapid City Area Schools’ mission to “challenge, engage, and empower students to thrive in their future in a diverse world.”
Past contributions have funded:
EXPERIENCES: Raptor Center visits to classrooms complete with owl pellet dissections, Teaching Artist Program bringing qualified art programming to elementary school students, Performing Arts Center Family Series artist workshops in the schools.
TRAINING: Professional development to improve narrative writing skills at South Canyon Elementary, middle school music teachers to South Dakota Music Conference in Brookings, professional development to further Project Based Learning implementation at Pinedale Elementary School.
SUPPLIES: Equipment and supplies to support Dr. Smith’s High Altitude and H20 Challenges at Stevens High School, Ozobots for coding instruction at the elementary schools, fetal pigs for true comparative anatomy labs at West Middle School.
TECHNOLOGY: Canvas pilot program implementation for individualized learning at Rapid City High School, iPads to help with Project Based Learning at East Middle School, Streams for Reading Groups at South Middle School enabling all students to participate in the discussion, 3-D printers and scanners to create Makers’ Spaces for creative learning.
All RCAS certified staff and administrators are eligible to apply for grant funding. Grants are awarded twice a year. Deadlines for consideration are November 1 and April 1. Awarded funds should be available by December 15 and May 15 respectively.