AASA Awards Mini-Grants to School Districts Across the Nation


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 25, 2019 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the recipients of the 2020 Helping Kids Mini-Grants, a mini grant program funded by AASA through a partnership with Sourcewell. The grants have been increased to $70,000 to help families with needs in areas such as clothing, medical and dental care, eyeglasses, prescriptions, food, shelter and related supplies.  

Sourcewell is AASA’s premier School Solutions Center partner. Since 2012, AASA and Sourcewell have worked together to create the mini grant, which can be used for immediate needs that directly impact students.

“As the nation’s premier organization serving public school districts and school district leadership, it is our job to help school districts in crisis, particularly in the wake of natural disasters that strike without a moment’s notice,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We thank Sourcewell for making this relief effort possible. This partnership speaks to the unparalleled commitment being made to school districts across the country.”

“The mini-grant program is a way for AASA and Sourcewell to make a positive impact on students, families and their communities,” said Chad Coauette, Sourcewell CEO and executive director. “We are very pleased to be part of this long-term, difference-making partnership and are thankful to be able to play a small part in helping to establish some normalcy and stability for the awardees.”

For 2020, the following school districts were chosen to receive the AASA/Sourcewell Helping Kids Mini-Grants. 

Hoover City Schools
Hoover, Ala. 
Superintendent: Kathy Murphy

Tuscaloosa City Schools
Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
Superintendent: Mike Daria

Deer Valley Unified School District
Phoenix, Ariz.
Superintendent: Curtis Finch

Cedar Ridge Schools
Newark, Ark.
Superintendent: Andy Ashley

Alhambra Unified School District
Alhambra, Calif.
Superintendent: Denise Jaramillo

Indian Prairie School District 204
Aurora, Ill.
Superintendent: Karen Sullivan

Community Consolidated Schools #168
Sauk Village, Ill.
Superintendent: Donna Leak

Vienna High School District #13-3 
Vienna, Ill.
Superintendent: Joshua Stafford

Waukegan Community Unit School District #60
Waukegan, Ill. 
Superintendent: Theresa Plascencia

Urbandale Community School District
Urbandale, Iowa
Superintendent: Steve Bass

Battle Creek Public Schools
Battle Creek, Mich.
Superintendent: Kimberly Carter

Little Falls Community Schools
Little Falls, Minn.
Superintendent: Stephen Jones

Intermediate District 287
Plymouth, Minn.
Superintendent: Sandra Lewandowski

Boonville R-1 School District
Boonville, Mo.
Superintendent: Sarah E. Marriott

Hazelwood School District
Florissant, Mo. 
Superintendent: Nettie Collins-Hart

Browning Public Schools
Browning, Mont.
Superintendent: Corrina Guardipee-Hall

Rio Rancho Public Schools
Rio Rancho, N.M.
Superintendent: V. Sue Cleveland

Groton Central School District
Groton, N.Y.
Superintendent: Margo Martin

Wyoming Central School District
Wyoming, N.Y.
Superintendent: Kathleen Schuessler

Solen School District #3
Solen, N.D. 
Superintendent: Justin Fryer

Butler Area School District
Butler, Pa.
Superintendent: Brian J. White

Franklin Regional School District
Murrysville, Pa. 
Superintendent: Gennaro R. Piraino Jr.

Halifax Area School District
Halifax, Pa.
Superintendent: David R. Hatfield

Mt. Lebanon School District
Pittsburgh, Pa. 
Superintendent: Timothy J. Steinhauer

Marlboro County School District #345
Bennettsville, S.C.
Superintendent: Gregory McCord

Dallas Independent School District
Dallas, Texas
Superintendent: Michael Hinojosa

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, Va. 
Superintendent: Eric Williams


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.