Teachers not only spend an abundance of time inside the classroom, they often dig into their own checking accounts to purchase needed supplies and materials to be used as instructional tools to accompany a lesson.
In an effort to offset some of these expenses, Clinton City Schools teachers have been busy pursing grant options that take lessons above and beyond the required level of teaching. According to Faith Jackson, community liaison and grant writer with the local system, since November, there have been 40 individual recipients that have received more than $100,000 in funds.
Jackson has been busy assisting teachers searching for grants that are the most beneficial to the teacher’s needs and applying for these grants.
“Notification to the teachers of grant opportunities are done through the website, weekly emails, monthly newsletter, and in staff meetings,” Jackson shared. “Grants are beneficial to our students and our classrooms by providing them with additional resources and or experiences that are unique and foster our students and teachers continuous growth.”
Last week, recipients were recognized for receiving grants totaling $124,752.60 — a $51,285.47 increase from the total that was received last year.
According to Jackson, grants come from CAFE (Clinton Area Foundation for Education), Donorschoose.org, Knights of Columbus, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, N.C. Division of Career Development and Love of Learning through the Simple Gift Fund.
“Pursuing and receiving grants is a task above and beyond teaching students,” Jackson shared. “Often it requires the teachers’ personal efforts afterschool, along with additional time.”
In addition to the individual recipients, Sunset Avenue School Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant.
L.C. Kerr music teacher Erica Faircloth is one of the many recipients of grant funding. Faircloth says the grants are instrumental in assisting with lesson presentations for the many students at the elementary school.
“Teachers spend a lot of money in their classrooms and with a family of my own, DonorsChoose.org made it possible for me to provide engaging ways for my students to become interested in music at an early age,” Faircloth said. “This allows students to be able to explore music concepts in a fun, exciting, and creative way.”
Faircloth was awarded two different grants from DonorsChoose.org for a total of $663. With this money, Faircloth said she was able to purchase four mini keyboards and a mini iPad for her students to use in centers.
“I have been using these items in centers, so that students can learn more about musical concepts through technology, as well as more about the piano by using the mini keyboards,” Faircloth added.
Clinton City Schools superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount, who has expressed his appreciation for Jackson’s and the teacher’s efforts in obtaining the grant money, which reduces the amount money teachers have to spend out of pocket.
“Gaining resources through grants for our students and teachers is imperative for continued student academic growth,” Blount said. “The increase from last year provides evidence of our teachers dedication to our students. We are very thankful for the grantors that have made funds available.”
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