From staff reports
More than 6,000 Oklahoma teachers received $6 million in funding this week for handpicked learning tools and school supplies as part of the second round of a grant initiative created by the department. of Oklahoma State Education.
Using federal pandemic relief funds, OSDE has partnered with national nonprofit DonorsChoose to award public school teachers grants for classroom learning and school supplies. (CLASS 2.0).
Fifty-eight public school teachers from Owasso received nearly $50,000 and seven educators from Collinsville public schools received more than $5,000.
Ms. Farabough, who teaches grades 3-5 at Hodson Elementary in Owasso, for example, received about $950 to help fund a new zone for her students to pilot a school-wide enrichment model. school for the district.
“Our new EnRICHmentSpace in the library’s media center will serve as a hub for students to access a mix of materials, work together on projects, and create artifacts that exemplify a unit’s learning outcomes. ‘study,” Farabough said on his DonorsChoose profile.
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Ms. Saldivar of Collinsville Middle School also received about $520 to start a new LEGO club.
“There will be three people per group: a designer, a block organizer/distribution specialist, and the builder,” Saldivar said on his profile. “Students will need to use communication and cooperation skills to complete their LEGO structures.”
The total amount of funding was spent every day within hours. A total of $6 million was spent in just under 24 hours.
Grants were offered to teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds were divided into three equitable amounts and distributed to teachers serving students in each Oklahoma area code. All full-time K-12 teachers were eligible to apply. The teachers’ projects have been designed to meet the learning, remedial and enrichment needs of the students.
The first round of CLASS grants was administered in February. More than 7,500 Oklahoma teachers in 1,411 schools in 462 districts have received learning tools and school supplies through the first CLASS grant initiative.
Art Haddaway, editor of Owasso Reporter, contributed to this story.