SARASOTA, FL – December 4, 2014 – More than 350 teachers, donors and volunteers celebrated the 25th annual Classroom Grant Awards last night at Michael’s On East. Susan Scott of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced grant awards totaling $185,465 for 227 projects developed by teachers from 41 public schools in the district. Each grant will provide high quality enrichment and experiential learning opportunities for students during the 2014-2015 school year.
This year’s program demonstrated the impact the foundation’s Classroom Grant program has on student learning, teachers, grant sponsors, and the community as a whole.
In her remarks, Dr. Laura Kingsley, principal of Fruitville Elementary School said “We are lucky to have the Education Foundation and the many donors whose entire mission is to support the children by supporting our teachers. And then we have you, our dedicated, clever and resourceful teachers who have gone above and beyond to create meaningful learning experiences for our children.”
A list of grant awards, teachers, project titles, and schools is attached.
Argosy University sponsored the evening’s reception and presented the Argosy Principal’s Award for the seventh year. The award honors the principal whose school submitted the most grant proposals. Dr. Sandra Wise, President of Argosy University-Sarasota, presented a check for $500 to Principal Brandon Johnson from Lamarque Elementary School.
Rotary Club of Sarasota president Judy Bennett closed the ceremonies with a final drawing. McIntosh Middle School’s Amy Proch-Moore received the Rotary Club of Sarasota’s Jim & Jean Henry Teacher’s Award, an unrestricted cash gift of $500.
In 1990, the foundation awarded $6,000 in mini-grants to thirteen teachers. Since then, the Education Foundation has awarded over $3.15 million for 4820 projects designed by teachers.
All Sarasota County K-12 public school teachers are eligible to apply for awards of up to $1000 through the Classroom Grants program. These funds go beyond what tax dollars can provide, giving teachers the resources they need to develop innovative enrichment projects and try new teaching techniques. The Education Foundation raises the money, sponsors workshops for teachers, and organizes community grant-reading sessions where over 150 volunteers score the teachers’ requests each fall. Grant readings give citizens a connection to area classrooms and a chance to learn more about trends and challenges in teaching.
About the Education Foundation of Sarasota County
The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, founded in 1988 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, serves more than 41,000 students in 52 elementary, middle and high schools.
The Education Foundation is the leading advocate for an exceptional public education for all students in Sarasota County. With strong support from donors and community, the foundation invests in the success of students and teachers undertaking significant, high impact projects and initiatives that go beyond what tax dollars can provide.
The foundation encourages donors with a passion for education to express their imagination in finding solutions, to make an investment in providing new opportunities for student learning, and to share the inspiration their generosity sparks in young people whose lives are forever changed. For more information, visit www.edfoundation.net or call 941.927.0965