2023 Recipients

Duneland Education Foundation would like to congratulate Bailly Elementary's 1st and 2nd grade classrooms!  They have received an Acorn Grant for 1st Grade Friends and 2nd Grade Sidekicks in the amount of $938.  In this program, every student will receive an animal to read to and with. This program will  help improve their reading fluency and foster their love of reading.

Pictured in this photo are:  Abby Evans, Secretary of DEF, Meg McCarel, Director of DEF, Cathy Roles 1st Grade Teacher, Bailly, Cheryl Marrs, 2nd Grade Teacher, Bailly, Carey Storm, Principal at Bailly.

Duneland Education Foundation is very happy to award Brummitt Elementary School an Acorn Grant in the amount of $4,069.35.  This Grant, for play kitchens, will be used by all of the  Kindergartners at Brummitt. PLAY- Playful Learning for All Years is a very successful strategy in helping build skills in interpersonal communication and cooperative learning.

Pictured are: Meg McCarel, Director of DEF, Elissa Dortmund, President of DEF, Molly Campbell, Kindergarten Teacher, Brummitt Elementary.


Duneland Education Foundation is thrilled to present this Acorn Grant to Liberty Elementary! They will use this grant in the amount of $4,520 to a provide calming space in every classroom in Liberty.  This valuable program will help all students be more successful learners.

Pictured are:  Aubrey Rose, Vice-President of DEF, Meg McCarel, Director of DEF, Kristin Bonez, Dean of Students at Liberty Elementary, Heidi Hennigar, Principal at Liberty Elementary.

Grant Information

All Duneland Education Foundation programs and initiatives are funded by the Acorn Grant.


Past Recipients

Bailly Elementary

  • Sandra Campbell The Leader in Me.
  • Amy Snyder ZOO U
  • Mindy Balhoff & Michelle Ward Bailly Robotic Team

Brummitt Elementary

  • Betsy Kazmierczak Learning Alive Augmented Reality Math and Reading Curriculum.
  • LouAnn Hopson Squord Video Game Like Technology; additional monitors.
  • Katie Hines Technology for my Tadpoles.
  • LouAnn Hopson Sqord Video Game Technology.
  • Pamela Moore & Kristen Saler Becoming a Reading Star with QAR.

Jackson Elementary

  • Linda Eleftheri One School, One Book Author Visit.
  • Linda Eleftheri Young Hoosier Nominee Author Visit

Liberty Elementary

  • Nicole Bell Scholastic Leveled Book Room.
  • Kristy Jarka The Leader in Me.
  • Kristen Borrelli Library Materials.
  • Laura Alonzo Learning with Ukuleles

St. Patrick School

  • Lisa Hughes Technology with Mini iPads.
  • Lisa Hughes Coding with iPad Minis.

Liberty Intermediate

  • Connie Linsemeyer Maker Space STEM Lab.
  • Phylicia Barth Balancing Math and Science
  • Lisa Filipek Gizmo Lab

Westchester Intermediate

  • Don Justak Microscopes.
  • Maureen Hurst Prevent Bullying Now.
  • Ryan Levan Explore with Astronauts.
  • Kristina Buhring STEM Activities
  • Lisa Filipek Gizmo Lab
  • Kristina Buhring Challenger Virtual Field Trip

Chesterton Middle School

  • Toni Biancardi Student Tech Team.
  • Rob Yong CMS Robotics Team-CMSHOTS

Chesterton High School

  • Emily Wilt CHS LMC MakerSpace.
  • Erin Gerig Music Truck.
  • Emily Wilt How to Get Organized and Stay that Way Seminar.
  • Karen Moffat College Application Camp
  • Doug Pishkur & Cindy Hesemann Helping in School, the Community, and Beyond.
  • Kayla Vodnoy Transforming the World Language Classroom to Nurture Effective Foreign Language Communicators.
  • Michael Whistler Learning Explosion.
  • Karla Wilson Extended Hours Media Center.
  • Janna Carney One Book, One School.
  • Michele Dailey Alchemy
  • Jeff Van Dre 5% Banquet
  • Robert Blumenthal SLYCE
  • Amy Henderlong Alchemy
  • Brent Martinson Hire a Trojan

Duneland Schools

  • Dianna Whitman Mr. Mojo.
  • Geof Benson Frog in the Bog & Day Camp Dunes Learning Center.
  • Betsy Kazmierczak Kindergarten Kits for all Elementary Schools