South Whidbey Schools Foundation announced $23,550 for innovative teaching grants October 30 to be used for this school year.
“Of 26 grant application submitted by South Whidbey School District educators, the Foundation was able to fully fund 15 projects, partially fund five projects, and found alternative funding for 4 more projects,”” said Foundation president Chris Gibson.
Grants were made for history, art, science, technology, engineering, math, music, language arts and special education. This year’s funded projects include salmon rearing and various art projects to the elementary school, robotics and oceanography programs at the middle school, music, art and STEM programs at the South Whidbey Academy, and a professional development program at the high school.
Some of the projects funded this year have received past Foundation support, such as bringing in professional musicians to work with the middle school orchestra and jazz band, sponsoring field trips to South Whidbey State Park, and helping fund the School District’s Garden Program.
The bulk of the funds came from a spring Gala dinner and auction, the recent “Dine Out Wednesdays for SW Schools” program, a pre-paid gift card program, and the Foundation’s end-of-year community donation appeal.
“But for the generosity of the South Whidbey community and Foundation supporters, none of these projects would have been possible. It has been another amazing year of fundraising,” said Gibson.
The Foundation’s October ‘Dine Out Wednesdays’ program involved 8 local restaurants pledging a percentage of Wednesday profits to the Foundation. “It has been wonderfully successful for both the Foundation and the restaurants,” Gibson said.
The “Shop with Scrip” gift card program is seeing steady growth, and we’re hopeful that it, along with our website’s Amazon Smile link will take off as the holiday season approaches,” Gibson added.