Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Area Teachers Get 41 Grant Awards!

These grants were given to help the teachers fund special projects for their students. These projects ranged from stage productions to learning programs. Sixteen of the grants were given out at the beginning of the school year in August. These grant awards funding were meant to allow teachers to start special programs right at the beginning of school. The grants totaled $7,026; some of the programs include teaching students about prehistoric Indians in the area, a robotics “challenge” where students will be tasked to construct a radio-controlled robot, and a history program to teach students about war and its effect on society and culture.

According to the school district:

"These are projects teachers wouldn’t be able to fund if they were to rely on the school district budget.

The teachers write their own grant proposals (in only two pages) and present them to the foundation’s board. The board selects which projects to fund; this year the board saw 81 proposals. But even though individual teachers may not get their grant, the students still benefit because they may attend class with a teacher who is running a program.

A large portion, around $4,000, of the grant funds comes from the personnel. The organization was founded in 1986 with the goal of “encouraging academic excellence, enriching academic excellence, and promoting and supporting innovating education,”. The foundation has an endowment of around $174,000, and has given away over $300,000 since it was founded.

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