Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Education Foundation Awards Grants for Fayette County

Over $8,650 in grants has been awarded to educators by the Fayette County Education Foundation to help fund innovative teaching ideas at public schools throughout the county.
Among the grants funded this year include the purchase of four SMART Boards, a robotics kit for the county’s first robotics club and programs to help students better understand chemistry, physics and various mathematical concepts.

The grants give educators the monetary assistance they need to bring innovative and creative programs into their schools and classrooms to help enhance the curriculum that is already in place. These programs are in addition to what is funded by the school system. Without assistance from the Fayette County Education Foundation, funding for many of these programs would not be possible.

Counting this year’s grants, the Fayette County Education Foundation has given over $170,000 to the school system’s teachers since it awarded its first grants in 2002. Funding for the grants would not be possible without the generous support of the business community, Fayette County Public School System employees and local individuals.

The foundation is a cooperative effort between the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County Public School System. Each fall, educators are given the opportunity to submit applications for grants to fund programs that are beyond the scope of their schools’ budget.

Anyone interested in becoming a supporter of the Fayette County Education Foundation can contact Melinda Berry-Dreisbach at the Fayette County Board of Education, 770-460-3535.

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