Members of the Grand Island Education Foundation Board surprised teachers and students in many GIPS classrooms when they awarded mini-grants to 16 classrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Grand Island Education Foundation awards mini-grants in two rounds each year. Mini-grants are designed to fund educational opportunities for students that are not available through the school district's general budget.
This is the ninth year the Grand Island Education Foundation has done this. Since the program's inception, the Grand Island Education Foundation has funded 136 mini-grants totaling $113,747 which have benefited over 25,600 students across all schools.
The 2012-2013 mini-grant fund was established via the "Add it Up to Opportunity!" Staff and Board fund drive and the "Back to School" Community Campaign held during the past 12 months.
This year's grants totaled $13,835 with individual grants ranging from $200 to $2,000. Many of the grants involve buying new technology such as iPads to add to the classrooms learning resources.