At its August 31 Grants Meeting, the Board of the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation approved more than $120,000 in classroom enhancement grants for this fall.
The grants include funding for classroom enhancements at all three elementary schools, the middle school and the high school. In all, fourteen grants were approved along with two mini-grants.
On September 10, we were able to surprise teachers at school with big checks for their approved grants. You can watch a quick video recap of the day.
The grants include everything from new books at the elementary schools to a trip to Camp Blodgett for middle schoolers and an extension of funding for the Gone Boarding class at the high school, along with a complete overhaul of science class materials.
This year’s grants mark a return to classroom enhancement grants after a one-year pause. Last year, due to the pandemic, the Foundation board voted to shift grant money into supporting vital classroom programs that were in danger of being cut.
Teachers and students write the grants, which are then reviewed by school administrators before being considered by the full foundation board. The next round of grant applications are due January 1, 2022.