Rotary Club Bestows More Than $25,000 on Teachers’ Projects

Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.
Photo courtesy Rotary Club of San Marino
Local educators, school administrators and members of Rotary Club of San Marino assemble after the club awarded more than $25,000 in “mini-grants” for classroom projects to San Marino schoolteachers last week.

Rotary Club of San Marino last week doled out more than $25,000 to 39 San Marino-area teachers to help move 31 classroom projects forward.
The Rotary Club each year awards “mini-grants” to teachers who apply for funding from the club for specific projects. This year, the club narrowed the list from 37 projects, which the club likes to be innovative and not recurring acts; likewise, it also won’t award supply replacements.
“A proposed project, to be considered, must be innovative and inspirational, not a replacement of something that has worn out,” Rotarian Bill Payne said in an email.
Saints Felicitas and Perpetua School was awarded the lion’s share of grants, with $7,593 for 13 projects, ranging from robotics to literature to the human senses. There were 14 applicants from the school.
Valentine Elementary School had all six of its projects approved; they’ll receive a total of $5,919.
At Southwestern Academy, five projects raked in $4,250 from the club. There had been six applications.
Two projects at Carver Elementary School were awarded $2,181, out of three for which applications were received.
From San Marino High School,
three out of four proposed projects received a total of $1,784 in mini-grant funding.
Both of the projects at Huntington Middle School received $1,000 in funding from the club.
One project at Clairbourn School was awarded $1,813; another did not receive its grant.
Payne said the funding has increased throughout the last several years, rising from $25,000 to $40,000 available for this year. Teachers were invited to apply for the funding in September. Members of the Rotary Club’s Bill Steele Mini-Grant Committee made the ultimate selections.

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