The California Table Grape Commission, Fresno, Calif., awarded 37 teaching grants to schools in the state’s San Joaquin and Coachella valleys. Each grant is worth up to $750 and will fund projects during the current academic year that will benefit more than 2,500 K-12 students.
The funds support educational projects that will address topics such as nutrition, fitness, culture, art and science. The award recipients will also be able to purchase items like telescopes, violins, electronic digital music programs, and physical education equipment that can be used during multiple academic years and past the lifespan of one project.
Funded projects include starting a school garden that uses solar panels, creating an after-school science program, and building robots that will pick fruit from trees. The grant money will also support educational field trips to museums, farms, cooking studios, and historical sites. The creation of musical theater productions from start to finish, plant life research and observation and the organization of a running club are other examples of projects supported by the Innovation in Teaching education grant program, created in 1993.