WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Schools Foundation’s Grant Program provides the opportunity for applicants to receive funding for creative and impactful ideas for classrooms and for the educational environment of students, faculty and staff. These are awarded on an annual basis and are among the primary efforts of the WSF.
This year WSF was able to award 23 Foundation Grants, totaling just under $27,000.
“We are excited to announce that every Wilmington City student will get the opportunity to experience a visual field trip,” said WSF Executive Director Chastity Flanigan in a press release. “Wilmington Schools Foundation and Wilmington City Schools went together to fund a set of 30 visual goggles, which every school will have the opportunity to use.
“The Grant Committee felt this was important to give students enrichment education, while not having to leave campus. “Each year the request for technology grows,” Flanigan said. “Some other exciting things we were able to help with this year were books for after school book clubs, science lab equipment, flexible seating, books for reading circles, museum in a box for social studies, sensory greenhouse, sensory play, field trip for government classes, along with sixth grade, and many other great grants.”
Wilmington Schools Foundation received the Lucas Fund Grant in the amount of $4,000. These funds were used to purchase tablets for the K-first grade classrooms.
“This project will do much to level the playing field and narrow the technology gap for a great number of children while proving increased content knowledge in reading, math, and social studies as well as computer skills,” said Flanigan.