Funding Creativity


Cheers and excitement rang out at Sarah Scott Middle School, as the Vigo County Education Foundation awarded grants to teachers in need.  

“We are very thankful for the Educational Foundation,” Julie Lautenschlager said. “The money is just extra to do these projects, to do these extra things for the students, things we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.” 

“We are able to broaden our dreaming for what we want to do in the classroom when too often money is a barrier,” Melanie Beaver said. “And the Education Foundation supports teachers and their creativity.” 

The organization presented 150 grants totaling more than 90 thousand dollars.

The funding was  given to educators from elementary school to high school, each grant is 750 dollars or less and it will be used for a wide range of projects. 

7th grade English teacher Melanie Beaver and West Vigo Principle Julie Lautenschlager each received a grant. 

One to help students learn to read and write and the other to help them in math. 
“My students follow the writing pattern of Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books, which is a book everybody loves,” Beaver said. “They get to write their own version in a hard cover and it becomes a keep sake.” 

“Students track their own data such as attendance, grade point average, I-Step scores because sometimes they really don’t know what those are, so we give them a chance to track that throughout the three years in middle school so they can see how they improve,” Lautenschlager said.  

The foundation is dedicated to enhancing learning opportunities for students in Vigo County. 

But, when more than 200 teachers applied, members of the foundation went back to the board for more money.

Now, more children could experience a priceless education.

“We all know that they do pay a lot out of there own pocket,” Jane Nichols said. “So it’s up to the foundation and other generous donors to help our teachers reach more kids and provide these enriching and engaging projects.”

All of the 2018-19 mini grants have been awarded. 

However, the organization also awards larger grants to schools in Vigo County. Some of those awards can reach 3 thousand dollars. 

Congratulations to all the teachers and to the students.

Since the foundation began in 1984, the organization has provided over 2 million dollars to local schools and programs. 

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