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  • Writer's pictureChad Oliver

Big Checks Bring Big Smiles

Classroom Grants Help Teachers and Students


Laurel Oak Elementary Music Teacher Austin Gomez

 

A Tuesday morning in October turned into anything but typical as surprise visits to 240 teachers delivered more than $270,000 to inspire and support learning for students. The Education Foundation of Collier County—Champions for Learning—awarded a record-breaking 434 grants to 62 schools in Collier County. The grants aim to provide funding for supplies, classroom items, and enrichment activities that extend beyond a school’s budget. This year, each teacher received $300 through the Florida Teacher Classroom Supply Assistance Program. Those funds certainly help, but educators often spend their own money on supplying above and beyond the state allotment. Some of the creative local grants that caught my eye are throwable, wireless microphones to encourage students to speak up and share ideas, supplies for entrepreneurship students to create products, and launch businesses, two counter pizza ovens for culinary art students, and 3D models of a heart and eye to teach students the anatomy and physiology of different organs. Make sure to read to the bottom to learn how you can spread more smiles because there are still unfunded grant requests.


These classroom grants are available to all Florida Department of Education-approved schools in Collier County, including traditional public, charter, and private schools. The classroom grants funded in October were either funded by individual donors or from Champions for Learning’s Classroom Grant Fund. To award these funds, a volunteer selection committee scored each grant application against a rubric. Here are some of the Collier County Public Schools grant recipients who work within the circulation of North Naples News.



Gulf Coast High Teacher Michael Miller

 

A Tuesday morning in October turned into anything but typical as surprise visits to 240 teachers delivered more than $270,000 to inspire and support learning for students. The Education Foundation of Collier County—Champions for Learning—awarded a record-breaking 434 grants to 62 schools in Collier County. The grants aim to provide funding for supplies, classroom items, and enrichment activities that extend beyond a school’s budget. This year, each teacher received $300 through the Florida Teacher Classroom Supply Assistance Program. Those funds certainly help, but educators often spend their own money on supplying above and beyond the state allotment. Some of the creative local grants that caught my eye are throwable, wireless microphones to encourage students to speak up and share ideas, supplies for entrepreneurship students to create products, and launch businesses, two counter pizza ovens for culinary art students, and 3D models of a heart and eye to teach students the anatomy and physiology of different organs. Make sure to read to the bottom to learn how you can spread more smiles because there are still unfunded grant requests.


These classroom grants are available to all Florida Department of Education-approved schools in Collier County, including traditional public, charter, and private schools. The classroom grants funded in October were either funded by individual donors or from Champions for Learning’s Classroom Grant Fund. To award these funds, a volunteer selection committee scored each grant application against a rubric. Here are some of the Collier County Public Schools grant recipients who work within the circulation of North Naples News.


Aubrey Rogers High

Milagros Lee

Naomi Rothring

Bahareh Wahba

Barron Collier High

Gina Manville DeJager

Gulf Coast High

Teresa Hendry

Michael Miller

Laurel Oak Elementary

Patricia Auriana

Sheila Blaisdell

Thomas Davison

Jayme Deardorff

Susie DeLadurantey

Laurie DeMorett

Austin Gomez

Naples Park Elementary

Darcie Argabright

Cassy Eaton

Shannon Foley

Dina Griffin

Brandon Grindle

Candace Johnson

Keely Williams

North Naples Middle

Angela Brintnell

Janet Gentile

Kathrin Hans

Ellen Romano

Samantha Senkarik

Oakridge Middle

Taylor Arnold

Amy Diemert

Elizabeth Draper

Maria Hill (LaRocco)

April Jaycox- Varga

Anne O’Renick

Rayna Overmyer

Andrea Polanco

Cindy St. John

Mary Thompson

Pine Ridge Middle

Pamela Schram

Poinciana Elementary

Lani Mastrangelo

Thomas Scalise

Sally Tillotson

Veterans Memorial Elementary

Carole Burn

Lisa Casey

Laura Cecil

Marsha Colbert

Susie Daye

Erin Delgado

Danielle Eisenberg

Lisa Heben

Janice Iacovino

Jacqueline Jardin

Mattea Marks

Katelyn Osborne

Blank Story Books

Katelyn Osborne

Maria Padilla

Kathryn Robison

Marissa Santucci

Stephanie Scalise

Kara Schaps

Barbara Schini

Randi Sheltra

Mary Sundall

Karen Thistle

Jennifer Torkelson

Heather Van Osten

Anne Young




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