Last week was like Christmas all over again for several local schools.
That’s because the Camas Educational Foundation came through with its annual “prize patrol,” awarding 32 mini-grants to educators across the Camas School District.
Grant requests funded items ranging from play equipment for the Papermaker Pre-School to seed money for student science research projects at Camas High School.
“Once again, we were overwhelmed with innovative requests and did our best to meet the district’s needs,” said Ron Gompertz, CEF president. “The generosity of the Camas community was very much appreciated by the teachers, students, and staff who received funding this year.”
CEF’s mini-grant program provides up to $1,500 per grant to encourage “creative, innovative and collaborative projects,” that will have a direct impact on student learning. A program can be funded for up to three years, after which the program needs to become self-sustaining or district funded, according to a press release from CEF.
“One of many success stories we’re very proud of is the district’s Science Olympiad program,” said Carrie Schnell, mini-grant co-chair. “With community support and teacher dedication, every school in the district has a team, and many compete well at the regional and state levels. After this year, the Camas Science Olympiad program will be self-sustaining. We’re delighted to have helped fund this effort.”