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$40,000 in grants awarded to local schools
On Friday, 11 Forsyth County schools were surprised with $40,000 in grant funding for upcoming projects by the Forsyth County Education Foundation. - photo by For the FCN

On Friday, 11 local schools got a big surprise and a big check from representatives of the Forsyth County Education Foundation governing board, which will fund a variety of different projects in the coming year. 

According to Forsyth County Schools Communications Facilitator Hannah Samples, a total $40,000 of grant money was distributed Friday morning during surprise check reveals at the schools. The Forsyth County Schools Education Foundation was founded in July 2015, “to support innovative teaching and increased student achievement.”

Seven elementary schools — Kelly Mill, Cumming, Settles Bridge, Sharon, Brandywine, Coal Mountain and Silver City; two middle schools — Vickery Creek and Liberty; North Forsyth High School and the Academies of Creative Education were chosen as grant recipients out of a pool of 41 applicants.  

“We had a great day surprising schools with grants from our education foundation,” said Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden. “These grants provide opportunities for innovation outside of what we can do with local and state funds.” 

Last year, nine schools were awarded grants by the foundation. 

This year’s grants went to:  

Kelly Mill Elementary: $4,065 for We’re Bringing Veggies Back!

Cumming Elementary: $5,000 for Real Students. Real News. Real Need.

Settles Bridge Elementary: $5,000 for The 7 Mindsets and Me: Ignite, Involve, Embrace

Sharon Elementary: $4,652 for WeDo Robotics

Brandywine Elementary: $2,890 for Dreambox Math Home-to-School Connection

Coal Mountain Elementary: $2,500 for Blooming on the Mountain

Silver City Elementary: $1,975 for Bridging the Gap from Concrete to Abstract

Vickery Creek Middle: $2,352 for Vickery Creek Middle Stock Market Game and Invest Write.

Liberty Middle: $5,000 for Liberty’s Literacy Lab.

North Forsyth High: $5,000 for Science Ambassadors.

Academies of Creative Education: $1,575 for Project Hummingbird.