PROF grants fuel teacher passion projects
Monday, December 9, 2019 | 6:19 PM
It was a grants cycle with wide-ranging student impact for the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund this fall. The non-profit education foundation, which directly benefits students in the Pine-Richland school district, funded teacher and staff grant projects totaling nearly $47,000 so far this year.
“We were surprised and delighted by the number and quality of grant submissions we received,” said Deborah Lund, PROF’s executive director. “It was clear that the teachers and staff who submitted applications are extremely passionate about their projects, and PROF’s board was pleased to feed that passion.”
PROF fully or partially funded the following projects:
- Collaboration Room (partially funded)– A specially designed space within the Pine-Richland Middle School to include interactive technology and flexible seating to more fully stimulate real-world collaboration, problem-solving and communication.
- Hackathon (fully funded)– Purchasing Sphero bolt programmable robots and Arduino open-source electronics platform classroom starter kits for use in the annual “hackathon” event at Pine-Richland High School attended by elementary, middle and high school students.
- Hance Habitat (fully funded)– Revival of the Hance Habitat outdoor learning space and educational area at Hance Elementary School to include updated seating and a gazebo to provide much-needed protection from the elements.
- Multi-Sensory Environment (partially funded) – Creating a state-of-the-art multi-sensory room for use primarily by the life skills and autism support students and those that work with them at Pine-Richland High School as an upgrade to an existing space.
The decision on which grants were fully funded versus partially funded was not a reflection of their worthiness, according to Lund. With a limited amount of grant dollars to allocate for the year, the decision was made to fully fund those grants that required the entire amount to be activated. The remaining projects can be implemented in stages, with PROF’s goal to provide additional money in future grant award cycles.
In addition to these larger projects, PROF activated its new “fast grants” program for requests under $1,000. The foundation was able to fund nine such mini-grants this year as part of the $47,000 total.
Parents, businesses and community members are urged to help PROF’s initiative to fund innovative grant projects such as these. Please donate here: www.prof-fund.org/donate.