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Pick-a-Project is the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools online giving program.  Projects will be submitted online by teachers and principals for needs in their schools and classroom.  Those projects will be listed below and will be available for funding for 40 days.  Donors interested in supporting a project can pick that project by making a donation to the project at whatever level is right for the donor.

Projects will began being accepted in October of 2016 and will be posted with information below.  Questions regarding Pick-a-Project can be directed to the Foundation office at 417-523-0144 or 


2016-2017 Fully Funded Projects


Thank you donors for fully funding these Pick-a-Project submissions!

  • Baristas in Business- $438
       Christina Casey, Teacher, Carver Middle School 
  • Learning Can Happen Everywhere!- $700
       Laura Mullins, Teacher, Sequiota Elementary 
  • Cultural Trip to St. Louis- $1,000
       Bethany Kelly, Teacher, Central High School 
  • Mice on the Run- $120
       Wendy Ball, Teacher, Hickory Hills Middle School 
  • I Teach Speech- $544.91
       Sarah Dillon, Speech Language Pathologist, McBride and Sunshine Elementary Schools 
  • Moving with Math Outside!- $618.57
       Catherine Castillo, Teacher, Fremont Elementary
  • Elementary Engineering and Design- $300
       Lalea Lazar, Teacher, Bingham Elementary
  • Learn to Lead- $1,000
       Elicia Ligon, Teacher, Phelps Center for Gifted Education
  • Building Bridges, Making K'NEXtions- $627
       Stephanie Summers, Teacher, McBride Elementary
  • Delaware Emergency Food Pantry- $650
       Robyn Fondren, Counselor, Delaware Elementary
  • Take Our Brains to the Cosmos with Osmos- $300
       Tami Murphy, Teacher, McBride Elementary
  • Take a Book Home- $487.80
       Lesley Robinson, Teacher, Wilder Elementary
  • Infinite Possibilities of the Mind- $771.25
       Tammy Cook, Teacher, Wilder Elementary
  • Coding with Osmo- $325
       Tara Watkins, Teacher, Horace Mann Elementary
  • Special Needs Garden- $650
       Katie Evans, Teacher, Hillcrest High School




Jarrett Logo Project Cost: $858.00

 Funded to Date: $200.00 

 Online Until:  March 20, 2017

 Teacher Name: Maxcy Dimmick

 School: Jarrett Middle School

 Grade Level: Gateway to Technology/6-8


DescriptionUsing Raspberry Pi processors and peripherals, students will learn how to program and configure hardware and software so that they can send messages in code, analyze, collect, and display weather data, and create games and puzzles.

Planned Use for FundsI plan to by 6 each of Raspberry Pi 3 processor kits, cameras, sense hats, and storage cards. My prices are from

Need RepresentedSpringfield, MO, has more programming and IT jobs than it can fill. Students need to be exposed to programming at an early age in an engaging way so that they can visualize themselves in a programming career.

Academic ImpactStudents will use reasoning skills, collaboration skills, and creativity to produce their own unique solutions to real-world problems.

Student Population: The student population at Jarrett is 6-8 grade students with approximately 70% free and reduced lunch and approximately 20-25% minority students.

Items in this project

6 Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Basic Starter Kits, $50.00 each
6 32 gigabyte storage cards, $13.00 each
6 Raspberry Pi Cameras, $40.00 each
6 Raspberry Pi Sense Hats, $40.00 each

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Developmentally Appropriate Gross Motor Equipment 

Project Cost: $1,000.00

 Funded to Date: $299.00

 Online Until:  March 31, 2017

 Teacher Name: Barbara Ruggeri

 School: McBride Elementary

 Grade Level: ECSE


DescriptionThis project will provide Early Childhood Special Education students and McBride elementary students with play equipment that is specific to the needs and size of the student. There are two ECSE classrooms that are extremely fortunate to be in one of our districts elementary buildings. These classrooms are provided the provision of special education in the least restrictive environment and they are completely accepted by an exemplary principal; Lael Streight. Ms. Streight completely supports this project. In addition to benefiting our earliest learners the equipment will be completely accessible to any student with different abilities. Our exceptional school is one of the few buildings that provides inclusion for a classroom of students with more intensive needs. Students and employees at our school are accepting and deserving of this type of funding not found many places. Your support and generosity is never without notice. I thank you for my students who are not yet able to express their appreciation.

Planned Use for Funds: Your generous gift will provide a play structure which is developmentally appropriate for our youngest learners (ages 3 to 5 years). In addition to our ECSE students any child with a different type of ability in our elementary school will have access to this structure. Currently students in the LRE and provided the provision of Special ed. inclusion, may not have access to safe and accessible play equipment. As with any elementary building gross motor equipment and playground equipment is utilized by children ages Pre-k to grade 4. During "recess" pre-k may have to share outdoor time with 1st and 2nd graders. This presents a safety issue for our students with concerns in mobility. Research shows that increasing a child's "outdoor" and gross motor time also increases a child's ability to focus on academics. The research concludes that more not less opportunities become available for students in early years.

Need RepresentedThis request will provide the need for developmentally appropriate structures and safety for young learners in their least restrictive environment.

Academic ImpactThe relation between motor skills and academic achievement has been especially investigated in children with atypical development. All children need a range of skills to transition successfully to formal schooling, In early childhood classrooms children must master their fine and gross motor skills. Evidence exists that links motor skills to school outcomes. The three sets of cognitive processes-motor coordination, executive function and visual spatial skills are all tapped by motor skills. Motor skills are also linked to children's self-regulation and emergent literacy and math.

Student Population: With 2 ECSE classroom we serve a total of 40 students. Our children include students with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and integrated peers. Our general percentage of students with identified areas of concern and integrated peers is typically 60% (IEP students) and 40% (integrated peers).

Items in this project

A play structure with swings, and age appropriate stairs to encourage gross and fine motor development.

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 Project Cost: $945.00

 Funded to Date: $100.00

 Online Until:  March 31, 2017

 Teacher Name: Teresa Brierly

 School: Carver Middle School

 Grade Level: Vocal Music 6-8

DescriptionOur Piano lab at Carver is in desperate need of some work. We need to add some smaller tables and take out larger ones for students to be able to move around with more ease and add a Ukulele hanging rack for our Ukulele's for easy access for students.

Planned Use for FundsThe funds will go towards buying the supplies to make a Hanging Ukulele Rack and for purchasing tables that work better in our crowded Piano lab. This Classroom is used for three different types of classes and having more space would be beneficial for the students.


 Need RepresentedThe room is over crowded with large tables and chairs. Smaller, thinner tables would allow for them to be moved easier to allow for some of our handicapped students to move with ease. It will also allow our Ukulele students to move more freely without tripping or falling over furniture.

Our Ukulele's currently are stored in their original cardboard box and they are falling apart, so adequate storage is needed for them to protect from any damage that could be occurring.

Academic ImpactEasy access to the Ukulele's will allow for more in class learning time. Currently, students have to get them out of metal storage cabinet, take them out of wrapper and cardboard box, then we have to tune them every time. A hanging wall unit would allow for ease of putting away and getting out and keep them from going out of tune as fast allowing for more time to learn and play. The smaller tables will allow for a more comfortable learning environment.

Student Population: Our free and reduced population is currently around 60% and we have a large ELL population of over 20%. Very diverse class rooms which leads to a more open minded learning experience.

Items in this project

Wood - $25
Wall Hooks - $70
Fabric - $10
Utility Tables - 14 @ $60= $840

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