Over 40 District teachers win project grants

The grants will fund a number of projects from a variety of disciplines.
Posted on 04/25/2017
Teacher Grants

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Foundation surprises schools with cash
awards to support classroom innovations

BEAUFORT – More than 40 Beaufort County public school teachers from 19 different schools were surprised today with balloons and oversized checks presented to them by board members from the Foundation for Educational Excellence.

The teachers were recipients of the Foundation’s Innovative teacher grants, innovative school resource and student enrichment grants for Spring 2017.

The 25 grants ranged from $133 to more than $2,700 and totaled more than $21,236. They will offer more than 6,000 individual learning opportunities district-wide in classes ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school.

A record number of 79 grant applications were submitted. Funded projects included grants from a variety of disciplines and included the construction of a butterfly garden, a giant abacus for math, the purchase of ukuleles for a Polynesian music experience, an ocean study connected to the Charleston Aquarium and support to help fund a team for a robotics competition.

The Foundation for Educational Excellence raises funds for teacher grants that support classroom innovation. Established in 2007, the Foundation awarded its first grants in 2009 and has awarded more than $168,000 in grants to district teachers and students.

The spring grant cycle was partially funded by contributions from The Rotary Club of Okatie, individual supporters and the Foundation’s major fundraiser, “Jewels and Jeans.” The event is held each spring and offers an opportunity for attendees to “Fund a Grant” by pledging money towards partial funding of the Foundation’s grants.

“The Foundation is so grateful to all of its supporters who make these grants for well-deserving teachers and their students possible,” said Jackie Rosswurm, the foundation’s chair. “It is our pleasure to see the amazing impact these financial contributions will have on countless students throughout the district through implementation of creative and innovative projects in the classroom and beyond.”