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Recent Grants and Donations Support Learning Opportunities for District Students
Several recent grants and donations to schools in The School District of University City will support several exciting learning opportunities for students across grade levels.
- The University City Educational Foundation recently awarded two exciting PRIDE projects (see photos) - $2,250 will go to the High School for the creation of a mural by the advanced art students under the guidance of local renowned local artist Cbabi Bayoc. Also, Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School was awarded $1,250 for a Sensory Path Hallway to be created in the building and on the playground. Look for more UCEF grants to be announced in late November. More information about the Foundation is available at ucityeducationfoundation.org.
- A local U. City business, Hall Technologies, agreed to donate more than $5,000 to University City High School’s chemistry department for the purchase of lab supplies and materials. Hall Technologies also plans to provide field trip opportunities and a paid internship for a UCHS student.
- The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Brittany Woods Middle School a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the organization awarded to 915 recipients in 44 states this fall.
- KidSmart distributed 2-3 boxes of school supplies to each teacher's class room at Pershing and Barbara C. Jordan elementary schools on Nov. 7. The total value of donated items at both schools equaled roughly $26,000. KidSmart's current goal is to support all 90,000 St. Louis area students in need.
- The UCHS Class of 1968 made a few recent contributions, including: ten cell phone lockers; $1,000 for band equipment; and an additional $6,000 towards three scholarships for graduating seniors at $2,000 each. These donations will help students be more engaged in classes, enhance the learning experience, and make a significant impact on the lives of students.
- And finally, the UCHS Robolions were awarded a Monsanto Fund FIRST Robotics grant in the amount of $5,000. FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Over the past three years, The School District of University City received the Monsanto K-12 Math & Science STEM Grant, totaling roughly $25,000 each year.