The Foundation Board of Directors has long realized that a relatively small investment of $500 can transform a good lesson into an excellent learning experience with far reaching impact. The Bay Education Foundation will have, by the end of this year, helped build skills in 43,000 people, our students, by awarding over $350,00 in $500 grants to 1,100 teachers in the last twenty-five years.
Junior League Excellence in Education Grant
The Junior League supports $500 grants to local educators to design and implement special learning activities for students. Designed to encourage innovation and build excitement, the projects focus on improving learning in academic areas. Of particular interest are projects which include strategies to help low-performing students. All educators in Bay District Schools are eligible to apply. Approximately forty grants are awarded each year.
Arts Alive Grants
Arts Alive grants are designed to support performing arts in local schools, using funds from our annual Arts Alive event. These $500 grants are most often used for expenses associated with music, theater, and dance instruction; however, other disciplines employing music, theater, or dance are invited to apply. About thirty grants are awarded each year.
Literacy Through the Visual Arts Grants
The Bay Education Foundation uses proceeds from Arts Alive to fund grants for educators who use the visual arts to promote student learning in academic disciplines. Art teachers and others using visual arts in the classroom are invited to apply for these $500 grants. About ten grants are awarded each year.
Jeri Parkhurst Council on Exceptional Education Grant
The Council for Exceptional Children supports one $500 grant for a classroom teacher of students with disabilities to implement a project to improve instruction. One grant is awarded each year.