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May 01, 2012 at 15:31 PM EDT
3M Foundation Awards 2012 Ingenuity Grants

3M Foundation will award grants totaling more than $400,000 to 47 U.S. schools as part of its 3M Ingenuity Grant program. Public schools for grades 1-8 in 3M communities are invited to apply for the grants, which recognize teams of teachers who work across grade levels and disciplines to spark student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The grants will be presented to the winning teachers over the next month. Grant recipients were selected based on an application process that asked teachers to address how their programs align with goals for the school district, school and classroom; how teamwork is used to combine methods and resources; how the program engages students through instruction that sparks interest and achievement; the program’s relevance in connecting learning to the world beyond the classroom, careers and the community; and an evaluation plan to determine the program’s success.

“The 3M Ingenuity Grants recognize that teacher teams create the best learning opportunities for their students,” said Barbara Kaufmann, 3M Manager of Education Giving. “We recognize that teachers know their district, their colleagues, and their students, and we want to help them bring innovative methods into their classrooms.”

Since 2003, 3M has awarded 976 Ingenuity Grants, giving more than $2.9 million dollars to schools in 3M communities. The grant program is just one component of 3M’s charitable giving to educational causes. As a company built on a culture of innovation, 3M has a keen awareness of the importance of fostering the next generation of innovators, and works to help create future scientists by supporting students and educators in STEM fields.

The 2012 Ingenuity Grant recipients are:

School Name3M LocationTeachers
Cedar Ridge Middle Decatur, Ala. Alicia McBrayer, Katie Adcock, Miranda Jackson, Tammy Pickens, Bethany Simpson, Lacretia Conaway, Dennis Engle, Sabrina Helm, Rachel Bailey, Carmen Schrenkel, Ton Hand, Mark Blaskey
College Station Elementary Little Rock, Ark. Amber Harbin, Peggy O'Connell, Chrissy Callaway, Crystal Braswell
Ernest Lawrence Middle Canoga Park, Calif. Laurie Vallejo, Mia Kang, Tim Huffman, Ridi Lauritzen, Greg Zem
Beardslee Elementary Monrovia, Calif. Micah Green, Randi Monise, Jennifer O'Donnell, Amber Gonzales, Heather Mullin, Allison Chow, Cynthia Wells, Analen Sykeh, Sheila Fields
Lincoln Middle School Meriden, Conn. Debra Guyette, Krista Romeo, Jeanne Marunda
Casimir Pulaski Meriden, Conn. Dave Wheeler, Jeanne Anastasio
Somers Elementary Enfield, Conn. Katie Buell, Kelly Kimball, Andy Phillips, Lisa Reilly, Dana Sudarsky, Dina Senecal
Gauger-Cobbs Middle Newark, Del. Tracy Soisson, Paula Loper, Caitlin Clark, Monica Corrigan, Traci Marshall
Forest City Middle School Forest City, Iowa Marsha Brunsvold
Riverdale Middle School Cordova, Ill. Jen Temple, Kim Verbeckmoes, Sarah Bailey
Sycamore Middle School DeKalb, Ill. Justin Hames, Jeanne Holly, Karen Zipse
Blackford Junior High School Hartford City, Ind. Matt Allen, Delayna Eldridge
Greenbriar Elementary School Indianapolis, Ind. Shannon Kasper, Kelly Smith, Stuart Mill, Kevin Miller, Tyler Mitchell, Desiree Brooks, Peter Schlifke, Amy Sutton, Shanna Hinman
Harrison County Middle School Cynthiana, Ky. Sarah Mill, Shari Klausman
Varnum Brook Elementary School

Pepperell, Mass.

Kristen O'Connor, Linda Boden, Michelle Pinkerton, Sharon Sheehan, Kristen Kennedy
Freeland Middle School Midland, Mich. Mary Kay Heckman, Mike Ritt, Scott Harrison, Amy Henning
Cottage Grove Middle School Maplewood/Cottage Grove, Minn. Kymm Salwasser, Carolyn Kiefer, Josh Gawlick
Fairmont High Fairmont, Minn. Brad Johnson
Park Elementary Hutchinson, Minn. Chelle Mueller, Cathy Kucera, Naomi Shadis, Ben Bouta, Lori Galles, Patty Kaminsky, Linda Madson, Brian Marks, Lorie Mauer, Brian Tillmann, Jessica Wendling, Judy Platz, Shelly Julius
Hutchinson Middle School Hutchinson, Minn. Peggy Westlund, Jenn Telecky, Mike Weisenberger, Jamie Hise
John Glenn Middle School Maplewood/

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Mike Macken, Molly Stillings, Mary Erickson, Dave Knapp, Kelly Kroc, Janette Landin
Maplewood Middle School Maplewood/

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Julie Cazett, Matt Slinger
Newport Elementary School Maplewood/

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Molly Lester, Ann Madden, Kathy Lamoureux, Kim Anderson, Anita Perkins, Sara Bonine, Amanda Weierke, Sue Wilson, Heather Trok, Jim Trebisovsky, Amy Broich, Tami Berreth, Shirley Rodgers
Skyview Community Middle School Maplewood/

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Janene Lenard, Drew Thompson, Britta Peterson, Diana Saccoman, Matt Slinger, Julie Cazett
Park Rapids Area School District 309 Park Rapids, Minn. Morgan Krieg, Michael Stewart, Carol Sievers, Thomas Ahrendt, Nic Lembcke, Matt Katzenmeyer, Jack Williams, Aaron Morris
Staples Motley ISD 2170 Staples, Minn. Cindy Swenson, Kevin Olsen, Dave Barnett, Julie Richgels
Staples Motley ISD 2170 Staples, Minn. Dawn Weite, Antoinette Sveom
Middleton Elementary Maplewood/

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Megan Zachman
Lake Middle School Maplewood/

Cottage Grove, Minn.

Logan Carstensen, Andrew Craig, Brian Eberhardt, Jeff Johnson, Melissa Shuba, Katy Bartholomew
Shepard Boulevard Elementary School Columbia, Mo. Susan Heath, Jan McLuckie, JoNetta Weaver
Truman Elementary School Nevada, Mo. Jackie Shadden, Erin Morris, Joy McCallister, Caitlin Swopes, Fran Furry
J. P. Case Middle School Flemington, N.J. Cristin Fowler
Bee Meadow School Whippany, N.J. Michele Pratola, Crista Vogt
Milford Junior High School Milford, Ohio Angel Fasold, Craig Rieck, Roxann Schneder
Mulberry Elementary School Milford, Ohio Steve Heck, Joan Mell, Denise Kushner, Andrew Campbell, Michel Thompson, Laurie Leon, Angie Caldwell, Heather Dingus
Northley Middle School Aston, Pa. Nicole May, Cherie Freeman, Jenna Dowd, Kevin Fowler
Simmons Elementary Aberdeen, S.D. Kelly Hoskins, Summer Jark, Carla Clark
Camelot Intermediate School Brookings, S.D. Tim Lease, Chad Hauge, Lisa Weier, Robin Stahl, Deb Petrick
Medary Elementary School Brookings, S.D. Evie Johner, Dorothy Bos, Lori Schaefer, Pam Larson, Chris Gruenhagen, Donna Bolstad
Groton Area School District 06-6 Aberdeen, S.D. Darlyne Johnson, Cheryl Hanson, Travis Kurth, Lisa Kippley, Jana Duncan, Lance Hawkins, Mary K. Johnson
Angleton Junior High School Angleton, Texas Cheryl Ragsdale, Joyce Gay
Henderson Middle El Paso, Texas Rebecca Bunt, Juan Medrano, Felix Castor, Paola Martinez, Saul Ramirez, Daniel Blanco
Sierra Vista Elementary El Paso, Texas Vanessa Almeida, Carola Armendariz, Evangelina Johnson
Bagdad Elementary Austin, Texas Belinda Anthens, Teresa Duran, Erin Hillary, Deborah Owens, Lindsay Starkjohann, Ginny Smith, Claudia Ruiz
Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School Bainbridge Island, Wash. Amy Evans, Ric Moore, Marcus Kitely, Marc DeArmond, Terri Atkinson, Megan Watson
Menomonie Area School District Menomonie, Wis. William Giese, Kristin Humphrey, Luke Short, Linda Henning, Emily Klug
Bluff View Intermediate School Prairie du Chien, Wis. Emily O'Brien

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

3M Community Giving consists of product donations and cash grants by 3M and the 3M Foundation and bolstered by employee and retiree volunteerism. In 2011, nearly $61 million was awarded to education and charitable organizations. For more information, visit

3M is a trademark of 3M.


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