Waukee Community School Foundation Supports Creative Classrooms

This year the Waukee Community School District (WCSD) will be celebrating its 100th birthday at the Foundation’s Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. This event began in 1996 with a mission to raise money for both teachers and graduating students that are a part of the WCSD in the form of grants and scholarships.

The event will be held Feb. 11, 2017 from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at Noah’s Event Venue in Des Moines. This is a fun night out, bringing together alumni, students and friends of the WSCD.

The foundation has contributed over $325,000 in the form of grants to “provide professional development assistance” to WCSD faculty and staff, and to help them enhance their learning programs and facilities. These grants make a large impact in the classroom.

Casey Henning is a teacher at Woodland Hill Elementary. In the 2013-14 school year, Henning received a grant for $2,250 to purchase 5 iPads for Special Education. These iPads have had an immense impact on the learning environment in her classroom.

“This grant is important because it allows students to have access to things that are important to their education that there might not be other funding sources for,” Henning said.

Woodland Hills Elementary School opened in 2013 and Henning decided that she was going to apply for the grant because funding for the school would be somewhat limited that year. She realized that iPads could bring new technology and learning styles to Special Education.

The iPads have become an exciting feature in Henning’s classroom and are used every day for a variety of subjects including reading, writing and math apps. Henning said that students are often more engaged when they are using technology and are more productive when the iPads are involved. Not only does Henning use the iPads for learning, but also as an incentive for students when they have stayed on task and completed their work early.

“The favorite part about iPads is probably the ability to continuously add and change new apps to the iPad. This keeps the iPads relevant and can easily keep up with students’ interests,” Henning said.

Every year more than 400 community members attend this fun event, which includes a silent auction, a variety of food, beverages and games for an exciting night out to support and help make an impact in the WCSD.

Waukee Schools Foundation 2017 Gala
February 11, 2017
Noah’s Event Venue – 1805 90th St., WDM
Buy your tickets online here.

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701