Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Foundation announces teacher grants

$12K awarded to educators for classroom projects

Express Staff Writer

    The Blaine County Education Foundation announced this month that it has awarded $12,000 in mini grants to teachers in the Blaine County School District.
    The foundation stated in a news release that 30 projects were funded in a competitive process and that the total amount awarded is more than twice the amount awarded to teachers in a grant cycle last fall.
    “The projects will impact over 2,500 students at every grade level and will benefit every area of academic life, from teacher professional development to classroom materials,” the news release states.
    “We are seeing very innovative and worthy requests coming forth and we are thrilled that more and more teachers are applying for grants,” stated Jennifer Haemmerle, foundation board co-chair.
    Examples of the projects selected for grants include robotics equipment for Wood River High School teacher Kevin Lupton’s Blaine County Bots Program, a color and light sensory table for Hailey Elementary School teacher Emily Brown’s preschool class, and communications equipment for Wood River Middle School teacher Kim Laragan-Uranga’s Special Services Program.
    The grants are administered by the foundation through donations from community members, educators through payroll deductions and members of the foundation board of directors.
    “We couldn’t continue to make a difference in the lives of our students and teachers without the vital support we receive from our community,” stated foundation Co-Chair Mark Ratliff.
    The Blaine County Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that defines its mission as to “focus community resources and raise funds for the Blaine County schools in order to promote academic excellence, equitable education and a healthy student environment.”

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