With oversized checks, flowers and chocolate bars, representatives of the Lansing Educational Foundation stopped by a number classrooms Thursday to formally award more than $15,000 in grants.

With oversized checks, flowers and chocolate bars, representatives of the Lansing Educational Foundation stopped by a number classrooms Thursday to formally award more than $15,000 in grants.

The foundation's Pride Patrol presented teachers with checks for Educate the Pride grants for the current school year. The grants from the foundation are funding things such as conflict management curriculum materials for elementary students and technical assistance for making actors "fly" during a high school production of "Peter Pan."

Foundation board members Tom Young, Steve Clay and Carol Page visited all of the schools in the Lansing district Thursday. They also made presentations to the LINCS special education program and Lansing special education staff.

Young, who is the foundation's president, said one of the things he enjoys about the Pride Patrol is making presentations at Lansing Elementary School.

"They have so much energy," he said. "It's unbelievable how excited they get."

One of the presentations the Pride Patrol made Thursday at Lansing Elementary School was for a grant called "Ed-ZOO-cational." The grant for second-graders will fund a visit by representatives of the Kansas City Zoo who will be presenting animals. Students later will take a trip to the zoo.

"I'm so happy it got funded," said Barb Robinson, one of the teachers who applied for the grant.

Several of the grants funded the purchase of iPads or other computer devices for various purposes.

One grant awarded at the elementary school was for the purchase of eight FlashMaster devices to help students learn math skills. A FlashMaster is described as a digital alternative to flash cards.

Nineveh Carvan, director of the foundation, said applications for the grants were due in May. A committee reviewed them in June. The recipients were announced in August.

She said there only were a couple of grant requests that were not funded this year.

"We try to give back as much each year as we can," Young said.

The 17 Educate the Pride grants for 2013-2014 total $15,935.

The Pride Patrol also awarded three building grants totaling $1,500. These grants will pay for inservice training for reading and math programs at the elementary school as well as a Challenge Day program at Lansing Middle School.