The Madison Consolidated School Educational Foundation awarded five grants totaling $1,769 for the spring 2014 grant cycle.

The foundation awarded $500 to Yvonna Scott at Madison Junior High School for the House of Hope Cookbook. Seventh-grade social studies students are creating a cookbook that uses items commonly available at the House of Hope Food Pantry and distributing it to families when they shop at the food pantry.

The Rykers' Ridge Elementary School staff was given $500 for a program for grade-level materials on the "7 Habits of Happy Kids" to be used in conjunction with a broader program being used by the school.

Stephanie Shaw of Madison Consolidated High School received $365 to purchase a set of Caucasian male bones that will be used for forensic analysis in the Project Lead the Way biomedical class human body systems.

Students will use measurements of the bones to determine gender, height, age, and race of the victim.

They will be used in conjunction with Asian female and African female bones purchased through other funding.

Amanda Asher at Rykers' Ridge was awarded $250 for an after-school yoga program. The funds will partially pay for a certified yoga instructor to teach at-risk students yoga techniques.

Kim Mahoney at E.O. Muncie Elementary School was awarded $154 for calculators for fourth- and fifth-grade Math Bowl teams.

The Madison Consolidated Schools Educational Foundation awards grants to classroom teachers in the spring and fall, as well as funding Madison Consolidated High School academic teams and college scholarships to academic team members.

Funding is achieved through donations from individual and corporate sponsors and through fundraising activities.

Additional funding comes from an endowment set up through the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County.

The MCS Educational Foundation will be hosting its annual fundraising dinner on April 25.