OKLAHOMA CITY–Rural, public schools in 20 selected Oklahoma counties have the opportunity to increase funding through grants from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, a fund administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
Designed to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for students, Classroom Enhancement Grants of $1,000 – $5,000 will be awarded to pre-K through 12th-grade classrooms for projects focusing on arts and humanities, science or literacy. Grant applications are due by Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.
A recent report from the Rural School and Community Trust ranks Oklahoma’s rural schools as the ninth state in greatest need of assistance. According to the report, Oklahoma spends less than $4,400 per rural student.
“With half of Oklahoma’s public schools in rural areas, it is crucial to supply teachers and classrooms with the tools to improve learning opportunities,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “Established by longtime Coalgate resident, Carolyn Watson, this program is helping to broaden the horizons for rural Oklahoma students.”
The Classroom Enhancement Grant program is designed to enrich the learning environment through projects integrated into the academic curriculum and provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge or understanding of one of the three focus areas. The one-year grant may be used to create a new program or build upon an existing program to promote student learning.
In Leflore County, Bokoshe, Cameron, Fanshawe, Hodgen, Howe, LeFlore, Monroe, Panama, Pocola, Talihina, Whitesboro and Wister school districts are eligible to apply for Classroom Enhancement Grants through the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation. For a complete list of the 120 eligible school districts, visit ruraloklahoma.org/classroom-enhancement-grants. To access the online application, contact Erika Warren at 405/606-2920 or [email protected].
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