$20,000 In Teacher Grants

Recipients of the 2016 Academic Foundation teacher grants

The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation awarded 51 teacher grants, totaling nearly $20,000, Friday, October 28 during a district staff assembly. Individual grant amounts ranged from $26 to $1,660 and will be used to fund classroom projects from books, games, and tape measures to solar eclipse glasses, computer equipment, and buzzers for the Greenville Junior High Scholar Bowl team.

Grants were awarded to teachers in all Unit 2 schools in Greenville, Pocahontas, and Sorento.

Teachers are invited to apply for Academic Foundation grants each year, requesting money for projects and equipment purchases the Unit 2 School District is unable to fund through their budget. A committee reviews all applications and selects a number of projects to fund in the fall.

A total of 57 grant requests were submitted. Individuals and organizations are invited to help fund additional teacher grants this school year. To learn more, contact Academic Foundation President Don Dillon at 618-664-9479.

Grants are funded by the Academic Foundation primarily through the group’s Annual Light the Way Gala. The 2017 event has been scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at Copper Dock Winery near Pocahontas. A variety of sponsorships are available in connection with the event. Auction items are currently being collected for the gala. For more information on the Light the Way Gala, or to contribute an item for the auction, contact Academic Foundation Secretary Valerie Klenke at 618-367-5637.

The Bond County Unit 2 Academic Foundation has launched a new website, containing news, information on scholarships and the teacher grant process, and more. Auction items for the upcoming gala will be posted on the site closer to the event and donors can contribute online through the website. The address for the new site is www.bccu2af.org.

Membership in the Academic Foundation is available beginning at the $25 giving level.