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CCS Education Foundation awards 68 grants through Instructional Excellence Grant Program

Carrollton Upper Elementary School music teacher Rebecca Hughes received a grant to help purchase “boomwackers” for her class. Boomwhackers are instruments to use in teaching music literacy and to reinforce rhythm reading and performing.

The Carrollton City Schools Education Foundation awarded 68 grants to teachers through the Instructional Excellence Grant program this year, with awards totaling $24,000.

The awards were announced in “Publishers Clearinghouse Prize Patrol” style, which included a team of foundation members and school administrators surprising the recipients in their classrooms. Grants were awarded to teachers at Carrollton High School, Carrollton Middle School, Carrollton Upper Elementary and Carrollton Elementary.

The Instructional Excellence Grant program began in 1994 with five teachers sharing $2,000 in funding. More than $330,000 in grants has been awarded through the program, which provides teachers a funding outlet to support instructional projects or programs that are not funded through traditional sources.

Teachers apply for the grants online at the beginning of the school year. A grants committee consisting of foundation board members and community representatives then reviews the applications and selects recipients.

This year, the grants will provide supplementary materials such as world language immersion software for CHS, virtual reality resources for CUES, financial literacy academy at CMS, and LED screen rechargeable microscopes that CES students can use in outdoor research and learning.

“Our teachers do so much and have such creative ideas to take their classrooms to the next level. This funding allows them to purchase extra tools to enhance the classroom experience for their students,” said Kristen Gill, director of the CCS Education Foundation.

The CCS Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide financial resources to support programs that directly impact teaching and learning at CCS.

To learn more about the foundation and ways to give, visit https://www.carrolltoncityschools.net/community/foundation.