LCPS Foundation Awards Almost $28K in Teacher Grants

LAS CRUCES – The LCPS Foundation has awarded $27,887 in 35 grants to LCPS teachers and other instructional staff at 18 schools and the LCPS Professional Development Center, Foundation Executive Director Nyeta Haines announced today. Almost $7,000 of that amount came from the LCPS Science Advisor (SCIAD) program, with the stipulation that those funds be awarded to projects for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects.The grant awards awarded ranged from $235.90 to $1,000.

The Foundation has awarded nearly $113,000 in teacher grants in the past seven years. This year, the Foundation raised the maximum grant amount from $500 to $1,000.

“We were so pleased with the number and quality of grant applications we received this year,” said Haines. “Providing funding for these outstanding projects helps us fulfill our mission to serve the students of LCPS,” she said.

The projects funded include many literacy programs like a beginning reader book club at Central Elementary School; a learning to read program at White Sands School; JUMP into Reading! At César E. Chávez Elementary; Adventures in Reading at University Hills Elementary; classroom libraries at Sunrise Elementary; and bilingual literacy and classroom libraries at Monte Vista Elementary. More than $13,000 was awarded by the Foundation to help schools build students’ reading skills.

Other grants went for science projects, school gardens and elementary art programs.

A complete list of grant winners, their projects and the amounts they received is below. Foundation checks were awarded to grant winners December 9-13.

For more information, contact Haines at 575.527.5807.