Approved Grants

December - 2017

The Mars Planet Foundation voted to fund a grant for Emily Diani and Sasha Zavacky,  Mars Primary Center Teachers, presented their grant for Osmo.  Osmo is an award-winning game system for the Apple I-Pad.  The Osmo fosters learning in key areas as problem solving, art, STEM, and Common Core.  The Foundation voted to fund the entire grant request of $1, 838.25 

The Mars Planet Foundation also voted to Adam Benson, Mars Middle School Teacher, presented his grant for a Sustainability Lab. The grant was a collective grant request from Mr. Benson, Ms. Phillips, Mrs. Winter, Ms. Stavish, and Miss Hegerich. The project is designed to provide all students in seventh and eighth grade a hands-on, cross-curricular, STEAM experience focused on sustainability and the community.  The Foundation voted to fund the entire grant request of $2,000.00 

November - 2017

The Mars Planet Foundation voted to fund a grant for Erin Bridge at the Middle School for an 8th Grade STEAM Project that will students learn a cross-curricular project with Real World Applications. - $1101.64

The Mars Planet Foundation also voted to partially fund a grant from Cetta Richards, a Mars Elementary Classroom Teacher.   She is looking to study the benefits of Flexible Seating in her classrooms that provide better engagement as our technology advances. - $1253.50 is half of the original request and the board will look to evaluate the outcomes of Flexible Seating before granting any further requests.

October - 2017

Mars Planet Foundation Board will proudly support Mr. Wesley's, High School Biology Teacher, Educational Trip to Wallops Island. 

The Board will also provide a Grant to Jamie Waters, Debi Kravets and Tracey Jones for Flexible Seating as a pilot program in 3 different types of classroom settings.

The Board also approved the awarding of reimbursement to AP students scoring a 4 or 5 on their AP Test.

November - 2016

The Mars Planet Foundation Board has approved a Teaching Enrichment Grant to the Primary School's Librarian - Adrianne Vandevort. The grant is for her Read Across America Week activities which will greatly benefit and enhance all of the 450 students at the Primary Center.

October - 2016

The Mars Planet Foundation has approved a Teaching Grant to Samantha Flanhofer to create a store in the high school that will sell Mars apparel and other branded items.  The goal is to have The Space Shop become a stand alone entity that will eventually serve the district.

The Space Shop should be open after Thanksgiving.

​      ​Enhance

  • Project Based learning initiatives
  • Educational Speakers
  • Leadership Courses
  • Robotics Workshops
  • Offsite Field Analytics


Mars Planet Foundation facilitates the management, selection process and awarding of scholarships.  We host the Annual Academic Banquet where we recognize the outstanding Juniors and Seniors of the Mars Area School District

Mars Planet Foundation

Enrich. Enhance. Support.


Mars Planet Foundation helps to provide unique educationalopportunities that are not part of the current curriculum. With Teaching  Grants students are able to maximize learning initiatives.