22 teachers receive grants to help with classroom projects - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/16/10

22 teachers receive grants to help with classroom projects

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By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - School is now just days away, and while parents finish up back to school shopping, many teachers are busy as well.

On Wednesday some local teachers got a special gift to help prepare them for the year.

As teachers prepare for the first day of school, most will end up spending money out of their own pocket getting their classrooms ready.

"I go out to Hobby Lobby and Target and I go and find things that I can use for projects which is always out of pocket," said Denise Moore who teaches art at the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders.

"There's not many trips to the store that we make that we don't pick up something for our classes and it may be just a couple of rolls of tape or some glue sticks or something like that," said Mike Hill who teaches biology at Lubbock Christian High School.

For these teachers some of their ideas, are just not in the school budget, nor their own.

"As we all know the school budget is cut a little more every year," said Michelle Stephens with the Lubbock Area Foundation. 

On Wednesday the Lubbock Area Foundation awarded some special mini-grants to 22 selected teachers, all from different South Plains schools.

Teachers received up to $1000 to put towards a planned project or used for creative teaching ideas.

Moore says she plans on her students fixing up their courtyard as a classroom assignment. "I was excited because it was a project that was out of my scope as far as my budget was concerned."

Hill says he has a yearlong independent research project planned with the funding he received.

"The Lubbock Area Foundation has helped us out several times to be able to put on some things that would otherwise be very difficult to raise funding for."

"These are projects that will make school maybe a little bit more fun, you know if you have to go you want it to be as fun as possible and I think these grants will help make the classroom a fun place to be," said Stephens.

To learn more: http://www.lubbockareafoundation.org/mini_grants.shtml

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