Creative Classroom Grant Applications Are Available

Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) has announced that the application process for 2019-2020 creative classroom grants is now open the Foundation has set aside $18,000 again for these grants out of the more than $25,000 available to enrich classrooms, send students to Close Up Washington, scholarships for alumni and support for teacher leadership initiatives.

All teachers and staff employed with Transylvania County Public Schools are eligible to apply for grants. The grant application can be found online at Grants/Grant-Application.

Grants will be awarded in January 2019 and winners will have 18 months to use awarded funds. Applications are due Thursday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. and the grant committee is looking forward to seeing what creative ideas teachers and staff come up with this year!

A few 2018/2019 grant winners:

•Amy Schoenacher and Sarah Justice from Rosman High were awarded $712 to take students to the Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore Estate. A group of art students were able to take their trip this past May.

•Third grader teacher Hayley Leland was awarded $670 for her grant “Growing Plants and Young Minds.” With the funds she was able to purchase equipment and supplies for science students to grow squash and milkweed in their classroom under artificial light and then transplanted the seedlings in May.

•Jessica Webb and Mandy Blake at Davidson River School were awarded $430 for their grant “Encouraging a Sense of Community.” Along with the school’s student lead leadership team, Webb and Blake’s grant was able to expand their Rebound Program by establishing Davidson River School News. The funds were used to purchase audio and digital equipment to allow students to create and deliver school announcements through the school intercom system as well as record and upload the news segments to the school website.

The Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) exists to promote, develop, and encourage public and private support of the Transylvania County Schools (TCS) and its goals for education. TCSEF solicits contributions of any kind that benefit the students and the graduates of TCS.

By providing financial support for programs and projects that are not funded through government revenues, TCSEF is a leading resource for helping to preserve, maintain, advance and enrich public education in Transylvania County.