Education Foundation Awards Record $243,183 To Sarasota County Teachers
School Board Chair Goodwin Salutes Winning Educators
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SARASOTA, FL – December 5, 2013 – More than 350 teachers, donors, volunteers and school district leaders celebrated the 24th annual Classroom Grant Awards last night at Michael’s on East. Susan Scott and Cheryl Gordon of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced a new round of grants totaling $169,670 for 193 projects developed by teachers from 41 public schools in the district.
Added to the 51 grants totaling $73,513 presented earlier this fall, teachers have received a record $243,183 to date in Education Foundation Edge of Excellence and Exploration Grants. Each grant will provide high quality enrichment and experiential learning opportunities for students during the 2013-2014 school year.
Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, awarded an additional 19 Exploration Grants to teachers, totaling an extra $51,688 from her organization.
School Board chair Jane Goodwin welcomed the audience. “In Sarasota, we have all the ingredients for educational magic,” she said. “Motivated students, involved parents, talented and creative teachers, and an enormously supportive community with a shared obsession with excellence.”
Argosy University sponsored the evening’s reception and presented the Argosy Principal’s Award for the sixth year. The award honors the principal whose school submitted the most grant proposals by faculty size. Dr. Sandra Wise, President of Argosy University-Sarasota, presented a check for $500 to Cranberry Elementary principal Linda McCloud from North Port.
Rotary Club of Sarasota president Dr. Tim Herring closed the ceremonies with a final drawing. Toledo Blade Elementary School’s Sharon Hermanson received the Rotary Club of Sarasota's Jim & Jean Henry Teacher's Award, a no-strings cash gift of $500.
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Gordon, chairman of the Education Foundation’s board, recognized Beverly Koski as a past board chair and one of the founders of the group’s classroom grant programs. In 1990, the foundation awarded $6,000 in mini-grants to thirteen teachers. Since then, the Education Foundation has awarded over $2,974,000 for 4,593 projects designed by teachers. The most effective projects are replicated by other educators over the years, expanding the impact of each grant. Click Here to read more...