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$12,000 in Grants Have Been Awarded by the Lowell Joint Education Foundation

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Lowell Joint Education Foundation has awarded $12,000 in grants to schools in the Lowell Joint School District. The Board of Directors of the Lowell Joint Education Foundation voted on October 21 to make six $2,000 grants, one to each of the six schools in the Lowell Joint School District. Checks have already been delivered to the schools for their immediate use to fund special projects identified by teachers and principals at each school site. In a time of state-wide budget cuts, these grants will provide extraordinary benefit to children throughout the Lowell Joint School District.

El Portal Elementary will use its grant toward purchase of a special 6th grade math software program. Jordan Elementary will use its grant toward purchase of the "Accelerated Reader" program for grades K-6. Macy Elementary will use its grant to purchase four televisions to be mounted in classrooms that don't currently have screens so teachers can connect their computers to the screens for classroom instruction. Meadow Green Elementary will use its grant to purchase two document cameras and two LCD projectors for classroom use. Olita Elementary will use its grant to also obtain two document cameras and two LCD projectors for classroom use. Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School will use its grant to purchase four additional computers to be placed in the computer lab for use by struggling math students as part of the "MIND Institute Algebra Readiness Program."

The Foundation was established several years ago to raise funds to provide financial support for extraordinary needs in the District. The Foundation sponsors the annual Turkey Trot 5K, the annual Golf Classic at Hacienda Country Club, and other events and projects to raise funds. With the generous support of community members and businesses, the Foundation has been able to fund after-school sports at Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School, reinstitute the annual district-wide Academic Excellence Day, and give dollar grants to every classroom in the District.

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