The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation last month awarded five grants totaling more than $29,000.

The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation last month awarded five grants totaling more than $29,000.

The grants were approved at the foundation board meeting.

"We're so excited about being able to support education in the community with these grants," said Stephanie Brett, president of the foundation board. "We're grateful for the generosity of the community in supporting the foundation and our annual gala."

The latest round of grants includes:

A $11,500 grant to support the second phase of the Grandview Heights High School auditorium project. Planned for this summer, the second phase will involve the renovation of the wooden chairs, including the addition of padding on each seat and front of the chair back. A wheelchair and handicap accessible seating area will also be installed.

A $8,300 grant to the high school science department to fund the purchase of a lab probe software system which will computerize the results of students' lab experiments.

A $250 writer's workshop grant to help fund writer/poet Terry Hermfen's visit last month to the high school. Hermfen appeared at the school's poetry coffeehouse and reviewed student's writing samples.

A $960 grant for Edison Intermediate/Middle School's artist in residency program to fund a school visit in May by an artist from the Ohio Arts Council who will be working with fourth- and fifth-grade students.

A $8,096 grant for the purchase of additional pieces of equipment for the "i read, you read, we read" project at Stevenson Elementary that uses iPod technology to promote reading. Last fall, the foundation awarded a $5,700 grant to create the pilot "i read" program at Stevenson.

"We were fortunate to have so many wonderful grant applications to consider so soon after our gala," Brett said. "I think this gives us an opportunity to show people the benefits that result from their support of the foundation."

The annual gala last month raised about $50,000, she said.

The foundation board will meet again in June to consider grant applications.

Application forms are available at the foundation Web site, www.ghmcef.org.

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