Nineteen grants totaling $34,000 were awarded Wednesday to teachers in the Lansing school district as part of the Lansing Educational Foundation’s annual Pride Patrol event throughout the district.
Lansing High School science teacher Brian Malm was awarded a $5,000 grant for the purchase of an aquaponics system.
“The goal is to make a real impact at the state level by partnering with the Aquatic Biodiversity Center and fish hatcheries to produce endangered native species that will be reintroduced into Kansas watersheds,” Malm said in an email.
Janae Beahan, Christine Bachtel and Barb Robinson were awarded a $4,800 grant for the purchase of a social/emotional learning curriculum for students in kindergarten through third grade.
Grants of varying amounts also were awarded to teachers for such things as a water distiller for the high school science department, a sound system for the high school marching band, GoPro cameras and equipment for first-graders and materials for the physical science curriculum at Lansing Middle School.
Priscilla LoPresti, secretary for the Lansing Educational Foundation, said the committee awards grants based on certain criteria.
“We have a grant committee that meets to discuss and evaluate each application,” said she in an email.
She said the grant proposals are required to enhance the education of Lansing students and be academic or fine arts oriented. Grant proposals also should foster collaboration and/or partnership between school staff and the community.