About 90 teachers in Terrebonne Parish benefited from $77,105 worth of grant money awarded by a local education nonprofit for the 2019-20 school year.
The Terrebonne Foundation for Excellence funded projects ranging from a new science lab at Terrebonne High School to a field trip about westward expansion for Broadmoor Elementary School fourth graders.
"We’re proud that TFAE can assist these teachers with the funding of their projects and classroom supplies so that they continue to engage, challenge, and inspire their students," said Katie Portier, the executive director of the Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence.
Those projects were funded through the organization's Innovative Ed-Venture Grant program that asks teachers to propose ideas that focuses on engaging their students.
The program selected 10 teachers, awarding $263 to $14,400 to put the projects in motion.
Terrebonne High School teacher Rayemona Boyd's science lab proposal secured the $14,400 award, which will cover the scientific instruments needed in the lab for data. The lab will be used across six subjects.
Portier said, "What I personally loved about Rayemona’s grant proposal was that she focused on the importance of hands-on learning for her students."
"She also included all other science classes – not just her own – on how they can work together to use the equipment so that a large number of students (750+) will get to benefit from this project," Portier added.
Other projects include efforts to add technology and hands-on materials for a special needs class at Houma Junior High School to learn how to code and a new hands-on space that include technology, coding tools and books that encourages the students to create at Bayou Black Elementary School.
The foundation's New Teacher Grant program offered a boost to 77 of the school system's fresh additions to the elementary, middle and high schools.
Some of the teachers who joined Terrebonne schools, switched to a new school or changed to a different grade level within the past three years received up to $500 to stock up on classroom supplies.
The foundation also awarded $400 grants to three teachers sponsored by the Bayou Board of Realtors that are designed to focus on career-centered projects in business-related courses.
The Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence will start accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year in April.
Since 2001, they've awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to Terrebonne Parish's public school teachers. Portier thanked the support of the community for giving the money to the organization.
"Their investment continues to provide much needed support for our schools, teachers, and students and will continue to do so for generations to come," she said.
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