Classroom Grants – The Impact

Classroom Grants provide valuable resources for our local public schools.  Every spring the Foundation provides financial and resource support to public school educators on a district-wide level for high impact, academically proven innovative projects with solid implementation and evaluation plans in the areas of STEM, art, music and wellness.  We serve to bridge the gap between the educational community and the business community in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver.

Donated funds pay for innovative programs not mandated or funded by the state or district but which support a quality, equitable education that challenges students and enhances learning.  State funding for education is inadequate for many K-12 enrichment programs and resources are limited for funding of innovative programs. The Foundation directly supports hands-on student programs, purchasing equipment and materials, funding visiting artists and scientists and providing an opportunity for educators to provide learning that meets real world needs and student interests. Funding priorities are for high-need schools (Title 1 or high percentage of students on Free & Reduced Meals program) and programs that have a strong connection to BLS curriculum goals and State standards.

The 2019  Classroom Grant program is now CLOSED.  Award determinations were made in early May. We are honored to have awarded over $70,000 to 40 STEM, art, music and wellness classroom grants to teachers/schools in Bend, La Pine & Sunriver in 2019!

The Education Foundation will launch a “Back-to-School classroom grant funding opportunity” for teacher funding requests. Submissions should be made Sept. 4 – Oct. 18 using the fillable PDF application. Funds are to be used for the remainder of the the 2019-2020 school year. Requests will be for $200-$1,000 and determinations made Nov. 1st. We are excited to present our educators at the start of the upcoming school year with a foundation of further support!

Scott McDonald, Instructional Technology Coach, stated “There have been some exciting emerging technologies in education that have been, and continue to be, developed for student learning that are both meaningful and FUN. The Education Foundation helps us bring that technology into the classroom each and every year with their classroom grants program. This year, they have provided the teaching and learning department with three SAM lab Inventor kits.  The kits contain multiple sensors that can be manipulated on an iPad. Students use logic, math, and programming to change the behavior of each sensor depending on what they are creating. The kits are shared by any school or grade level teacher wanting to integrate the technology into their classroom. The Education Foundation Classroom Grants program allows us all to work together in order to make the most of these unique emerging education technologies.”