SMMUSD HDQTRS —The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, which raises funds in support of arts, academics and athletics in local public schools, will award 24 grants to teachers at 14 different schools for up to $1,000 each, and award one “Super Grant” in the amount of $4,500 to Olympic High School.

Olympic High School will use the money to purchase a Smart Board for use in math classes, a critical need since 85 to 90 percent of students there need an average of two to three math classes to graduate, according to a press release from the foundation.

The Academic Enrichment Grants are awarded to teachers on an annual basis and provide an opportunity for teachers add innovative programs and classes to their curriculum. Some items to be purchased include high-powered microscopes for fifth graders at Edison Language Academy; lab materials to study ocean acidification at Malibu High School; materials to support differentiated learning in special and general education classes at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School; and physical education equipment for pre-school students at Muir Child Development Center.

“I am so thrilled and so honored,” said Kelly Bates, a Spanish teacher at Santa Monica High School who received a grant for the 2011-12 school year. “I will make sure that this contributes to a richer educational experience for all [who] pass through my classroom.”

The foundation was founded in 1982. For more information and ways to donate, go to www.smmef.org.

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