Continued community support is leading to a growing ability for the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation to support Grandview schools.
At its March meeting, the foundation board approved grants totaling $47,346.
"I think the support of our community over the last five years in particular has enabled the foundation to give more and more," said Debbie Brannan, who serves as the foundation's treasurer.
As a member of the Grandview school board, Brannan acts as a non-voting member of the foundation board.
"It's sort of a self-perpetuating thing," Brannan said. "We've had record or near-record turnouts at our gala the last several years and that leads to us being able to give out more grants."
If more grant money is available each year, the number of grant requests increases, she said. And as more grants are awarded, the more the community hears about and decides to support the foundation, so the organization is able to be even more generous.
Last month, the foundation board considered grant requests totaling $120,000, Brannan said.
Most of the grants that were awarded related to the increasing use of technology in the classroom, she said.
"The technology that's available now is truly transforming the classroom experience for students," Brannan said.
The grants include a total of $13,903 for computer and technology devices to help with instruction for students with special needs or educational disabilities at Edison Intermediate/Middle School.
The sixth-grade team at Edison was awarded a $13,423 grant for the purchase of Chromebook personal computers for the classroom.
A Chromebook is designed to be used while connected to the Internet and supports applications that reside on the web rather than traditional PC applications that reside on the machine itself.
The Chromebooks are part of the "21st-century classroom," Brannan said.
Other technology-related grants included $5,520 for the purchase of four, large multi-user, multi-touch screens for Stevenson Elementary School; $2,929 to buy an interactive Whiteboard for Grandview Heights High School; $1,983 for a digital microscope for the high school biology classroom and $5,088 for blended learning technology for the third grade at Stevenson.
Blended learning combines face-to-face classroom methods with online delivery of content and instruction.
The foundation also awarded $1,600 to help pay professional pit orchestra musicians for this year's high school spring musical and $400 for a project in which senior English students "thoughtfully" purchased and inscribed books, Brannan said. The books will be placed on a shelf in teacher Joe Hecker's classroom for students to use in future years.
A $2,500 grant was awarded to the district's community recycling committee to match a contribution from the school board. The matching funds are needed for the committee's application for a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The foundation's mission is to support Grandview school programs and expenses not included in the district's annual budget.
The board will next meet in June to consider other grant applications.