CFO awards $20,000 in classroom innovation grants

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $20,000 in grants to 10 schools in Springfield and Greene County for innovative classroom projects.

Schools in Springfield, Ash Grove, Fair Grove, Logan-Rogersville and Willard received the grants, which are designed to support teachers with innovative project ideas. The projects ranged from technology enhancements to adding life-skills training and encouraging STEM proficiency.

CFO grants are determined by volunteer panels. This year’s panel included Jana Bachus, Julie Brown, Cassie Hanson, Ronald Ponds and Lisa Spragg.

The grants were awarded to:

  • Phelps Center for Gifted Education: $1,898.26 for R2D2: Robotics Innovation
  • Logan-Rogersville Primary School: $2,500 for a makerspace project
  • Logan-Rogersville High School: $1,700 for transition life skills training
  • Fair Grove Middle/High School: $2,500 for its library revitalization
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary: $2,493 for technology extension initiative
  • Willard Middle School: $2,500 for STEM enhancement
  • Fair Grove Middle School: $2,500 for a reading mentor project
  • Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School: $2,500 for makerspace innovation with 3D printing
  • Ash Grove Elementary School: $2,022 for a functional life skills classroom
  • George Washington Carver Middle School: $928 for 3D innovation

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