Power Up Projects - Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

Financial support for schools to test or scale innovative ideas.

Power Up Projects – Backing Big Ideas

(Formerly Programs of Excellence Grants)

Since 2013, SPSF has given over $366,000 to Saskatoon classrooms for projects.

Power Up Projects


Each year, Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation provides grants to Saskatoon Public Schools to test or scale innovative ideas that address challenges and opportunities in the classroom.

  • Grants are available up to $5,000 per project
  • All Saskatoon Public Schools are eligible 
  • Focus on innovative and supplemental projects

$44,075 awarded to 15 programs for the 2022-23 school year.

Birch Bark Canoe at Cultural Camps

Bedford Road Collegiate

  • Healthy Active Schools

The Land-Based Learning 9/10 class will be building a one-of-a kind Birch Bark canoe for our school, with the opportunity to scrape a Moose hide and learning to trap Beaver.

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Sensing a Power Up

Brevoort Park School

  • Healthy Active Schools

Funding for a sensory room for students who require individualized and specialized supports in order to help them receive the sensory input that they are missing right now without the appropriate equipment and resources.

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Woke Writers Project

Brunskill, Colette Bourgonje & John Lake

  • Literacy

Classes will make author connections and respond to the social justice learning through a quick write routine,  connecting virtually and ending in an in person event.

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Sensory Room

Caroline Robins Community School

  • Healthy Active Schools

Creation of a safe, sensory space for student to improve focus, develop communication skills, and give opportunities to regulate.

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Ribbon Skirt Teachings

Ernest Lindner School

  • Empowering Innovation

Ribbon skirt teachings for all students at Ernest Lindner.  Each student would make their own ribbon skirt pin to wear.

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Early Learning Outdoor Classroom

Fairhaven School

  • Healthy Active Schools

Creation of a developmentally appropriate outdoor classroom learning space for our early learning PreK and K full-day classrooms.  This space will facilitate inquiry-based learning through gross and fine motor play.  It is a safe space to connect with nature in an area where many students live in apartments and may not have a safe space to play outside.

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ButterFlyway Pollinator Garden

Hugh Cairns VC School

  • Empowering Innovation

Learning about and planting a pollinator garden in existing flower beds at the front and back of the school.

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Oral Language through Indigenous Tales & Puppets

Lakeridge and Lakeview Schools

  • Literacy

Both libraries have collections of Trickster Tales & Pourquoi Tales (published graphic novels & stories made in collaboration with Indigenous Elders across Canada). We will bring these tales to life and increase student’s oral language skills by purchasing enough animal hand puppets to match the characters in the story to create a classroom kit that can be accessed by all classrooms in our school for interactive learning purposes.

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Interoception: The Missing Key to Self-regulation

Prince Philip School

  • Healthy Active Schools

This project will use The Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework for Developing Mindful Regulation by Kelly J. Mahler MS, OTR/L along with recommendations made by Theraplay Pediatric Services to redesign the sensory room.  This will allow for the teaching of self-regulation in the sensory room by implementing four quadrants of interoception: self care, body awareness, emotional regulation and embodied cognition.

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Sensory Pathways

Sylvia Fedoruk School

  • Healthy Active Schools

Decals on the floors with sensory pathways will help students achieve the need for physical and mental wellness activities.

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Ground Mount Solar Scholars

Tommy Douglas School

  • Empowering Innovation

A 10 panel ground mounted solar installation for students and community members to learn about sustainable energy and train for future careers.

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Sensory and Body Break Rooms

Vincent Massey Schools

  • Healthy Active Schools

Supporting student well-being, regulation and fitness by developing a sensory and body break room, allowing students the space and materials to learn to understand and respond to the signals from their body in order to engage more fully in their academics and school life.

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SELebrate Together

W. P. Bate Community School

  • Healthy Active Schools

School-wide implementation of social/emotional learning, utilizing Diane Alber’s resources paired with Indigenous culturally responsive materials, to enhance emotional literacy, develop self-regulation skills, increase self-esteem, promote and enhance relational competence between students, create a common language, and promote growth mindset throughout all students and staff in the school.

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mamawi – metawek (All Playing)

wahkohtowin School

  • Empowering Innovation
  • Healthy Active Schools

Working with partners, create an outdoor learning and play environment for our early learners, in the already fenced-in, safe space. We will design and build an outdoor space to support children’s development through immersive experiences with nature.

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Miiyokiiyamashtew didaan la shaamb (Peace in the Room)

Westmount Community School

  • Healthy Active Schools

The creation of a combined sensory and body break space for students to assist them in regulation throughout the school day. The space will be available to all students in the school from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8 (including our two special programs – Functional Academics and Nikanetan/Let’s Lead) who are needing a space for regulation.

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School Grant Stories

Grant applications align with one or more of the following priorities of Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation:

InnovationAccelerating creativity in education and inspiring new opportunities for learning.
WellnessLearning environments that promote physical activity, nutrition, and wellness.
LiteracyEssential skills that help us understand, contribute and belong to our communities. This broad definition includes numeracy and other fundamental skills.