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Photo Gallery | Ed Foundation awards over $140K for teacher grants

Sarasota, Florida -- More than 260 teachers, sponsors, volunteers, and school district leaders celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the Classroom Grant Awards last night at Michael’s on East. 

Susan Scott and Peter Hayes of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County announced grants totaling $143,145 for 164 classroom projects developed by teachers from 37 public schools in the district.  

Argosy University sponsored the evening’s reception and presented the 5th annual Argosy Principal’s Award.  The award honors the principal whose school submitted the most proposals by faculty size. Dr. George Spagnola, Chairman of Argosy’s College of Education, presented a check for $500 to Teresa Morey, representing Gulf Gate Elementary principal Robin Magac.

Schools superintendent Lori White welcomed the enthusiastic audience, saying that she could feel the day’s stress melt away as she arrived. 

“What is it about this event that makes me reflect and remember why I am in this profession?  It is the community members who are willing to give their dollars,” she said.  “Most of all, this event is about teachers who care so much about their students that they strive to go beyond what the district can provide and seek this extra funding for their classrooms.”   

Jim and Jean Henry joined Scott onstage to close the ceremonies with a final drawing.  Henry drew the name of Suncoast Polytech’s Ricardo Bellon, who received the Rotary Club of Sarasota's Jim & Jean Henry Teacher's Award, a no-strings cash gift of $500.

Hayes, chairman of the Education Foundation’s board, traced the history of the group’s classroom grant programs. In 1990, founders awarded the first grants totaling $6,000 to thirteen teachers. Since then, the Education Foundation has awarded over $2.67 million for 4,328 projects designed by teachers and teacher teams.  Many of the most creative and effective projects are replicated in by other educators over the years, expanding the impact of each grant. 

Info courtesy Sarasota County Schools.