Carson City schools award $200 mini-grants |

Carson City schools award $200 mini-grants

Nevada Appeal staff report
Keith Squires, Carson City Schools Foundation board member, right, delivered a check to Kelly Ehrenfeuchter, music teacher at Empire Elementary School. Ehrenfeuchter is a recipient of the foundation's mini-grant program designed to facilitate creative learning in the classroom.
Carson City School District

The Carson City School District, on behalf of the Carson City Schools Foundation, has announced 10 winners of $200 mini-grants. The competitive process garnered dozens of applications from district educators.

“The review committee always has a difficult task of narrowing down all the worthy applications to the 10 available grants,” said Steven Reynolds, chairperson of the CCSF Board. “However, new this year, due to growth in support, the foundation has plans and will be offering an additional 10 grants this spring.”

The winners this winter include: Bonnie Benson, fifth grade teacher at Fritsch Elementary School; Durrell Clark, pre-kindergarten teacher at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada; John Corbitt, math teacher at Pioneer High School; Rachel Croft, STEM coach at Bordewich Bray Elementary; Kelly Ehrenfeuchter, music teacher at Empire Elementary School; Mark Lobsinger, engineering/CADD instructor at Carson High School; Merri Pray, first grade teacher at Empire Elementary School; Kari Pryor, professional learning and family engagement coordinator at the Professional Development Center; Teneya Rasmussen-Cramer, sixth and seventh grade English teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School; and Andrew Tiscareno, sixth and seventh grade Social Studies teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School.

“The foundation is proud to recognize and support these exciting programs for students,” Reynolds continued. “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re helping make a difference in our classrooms.”

The Carson City Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community involvement and investment in the public schools of Carson City. This project is one of the many results of the “Empower Carson City 2022” Strategic Plan, a five-year strategic plan for extraordinary schools built by the community of Carson City.

CCSF was created to increase student achievement through philanthropic investment and involvement. Established by the Carson City School District’s Board of Trustees, the foundation promotes education programstraditional funding sources may not be able to reach.

For information about the CCSF, visit To make a contribution with your credit card, go to