Each school year CINS awards Excellence in Education grants of up to $500 to teachers and staff in the Grady cluster. These grants enhance classroom learning environments and support innovative educational efforts.
Excellence in Education grants do not replace funding from the Atlanta Public Schools and differ from school-based funding initiatives like foundations and parent-teacher organizations, which typically fund bigger-ticket needs like teacher training, technology purchases and facility enhancements (think playgrounds and gardens).
Funds are used for an array of extras, including special equipment, guest speakers, performers, field trips and innovative materials. We also award a special Adelia Hall Arts Grant to an applicant who makes a special effort to integrate art into the core curriculum.
During the 2017-18 school year, CINS funded 17 grant proposals from elementary, middle and high school teachers in our cluster schools for a total of $7253.04!
The grants will pay for items such as an electrostatic generator for physics classes at Grady, floor rockers for the media center at Hope Hill and headphones to assist students with reading at Hope Hill and Mary Lin. They will help fund the memory books that kindergartners at Mary Lin create, an indoor herb garden spread across all the classrooms at Springdale Park and "patio coolers" that will be designed, built and sold by Grady students with proceeds allowing the project to be self-funded next year.
Several Grady teachers will purchase software licenses that will allow students to research their family trees, use graphing calculators to program a rover, and create dynamic and engaging animated videos and presentations. Other technology purchases will include tablets to support learning Spanish at Mary Lin and Springdale Park and an IPad mini for students at Springdale Park to build digital portfolios to share with their families.
Lastly, CINS grants will help send Grady engineering students to Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State to check out the colleges' laboratories; AP European History students to the High Museum where they will be filmed presenting their research on paintings from the European collection; and Springdale Park kindergartners to Wesley Woods to read with their senior reading buddies as the generations bond. Thanks to all who donated to make this possible!
For more information on Excellence in Education grants process, please contact Cindy Hulbert.