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In the fall, the Education Foundation awarded nearly $22,000 from the Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund & Grant program for a range of projects, from playground equipment to field trips, technology to sewing supplies. Here’s why this program is so important:

First and foremost, the grant program is designed to advance teacher innovation. Educators are in the best position to know what will enhance learning experiences for their students. Grant awards help them to implement new ideas that will directly benefit students.

Funds help to support new curricular programs that are beyond the current budget. In an ever-changing technological world, our academic programs must continue offering up-to-date tools, resources, and courses that provide students with the skills they’ll need to succeed in college and in their careers.

Grants aid student learning opportunities through 100+ co-curricular/extra-curricular organizations. From clubs for young farmers to thespians to avid readers to ping pong players, these activities enhance students' academic, social, and emotional experiences. Funds help more students engage in more experiences that interest them.

Financial support gives ALL students access to these activities, through programs such as Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL), intramurals, and Sports and Shorts/summer enrichment programs.

The spring round of grant awards will be announced soon. In case you missed it, the full list of fall grant awards is listed below. The Education Foundation is pleased to honor the memory of a longtime dedicated district educator through the Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund & Grant Program. Proceeds from this year’s Maroon & Gray Banquet will be directed to this program, and you can support the program anytime by making a secure, online contribution.