Bay Education Foundation to Award $10,000 in Classroom Grants

The Bay Education Foundation is pleased to announce awards totaling $10,000 to Bay District teachers to help improve academic performance in local schools.

The Foundation’s annual mini-grant program provides grants of $500 or less to teachers who design special programs to enhance learning in their classroom.

Teachers and other educators throughout the district are eligible to compete for these mini-grants. All the projects funded this year focus on improving literacy skills for students.

“The Foundation is dedicated to helping students and their teachers, “said Beth Deluzain, Executive Director of the Bay Education Foundation. “Our members and board are very enthusiastic supporting teachers who have great ideas to help their students learn more.” Donors included the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, The State of Florida Auto Tag Program, and many individual donors.

Grant recipients will implement their programs from December 2008-May 2009. Grant recipients included Deborah Street and Kelly Halley at Southport Elementary School; Deborah English and Diane Wishart at Mowat Middle School; Virginia Dixon at Mosley High School; Maureen Knipper at Parker Elementary School; Lois Johnson, Pamela Mosley and Jan Dykes at Tyndall Elementary School; Becky Peltonen at Oscar Patterson Elementary School; Dee Schmidt, Waller Elementary School; and Laurel Floyd at Rosenwald Middle School.

The Classroom Grants Program is one of the major initiatives that the Bay Education Foundation sponsors for the district. Others include the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program for students and the Employee Tuition Assistance Scholarship program for employees. As well, the Foundation supports recognition programs for employees, mentors, and students.

For additional information about the Bay Education Foundation, please call 850-873-7127 or e-mail

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