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BAPS Foundation awards more than $37,000 in grants to teachers

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The Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation recently awarded 66 grants worth a total of $37,242.42 to teachers across the district.

Each year, teachers apply for grants that will enhance the educational opportunities for their students. A BAPS Foundation committee awards grants for projects it considers most creative and original. Members of the Foundation’s board of directors then surprise teachers by visiting their classrooms and awarding checks to fund their grants each spring.

“It is an honor to review the exciting ideas teachers submit,” BAPS Foundation Grant Committee Chair Alison Verret said. “Each year, we are inspired by the ways our teachers use their creativity to take their classrooms to the next level. This year, we saw many proposals focused on STEM, music, art, and physical education, and we are thrilled to contribute to the well-rounded educational opportunities available for Broken Arrow students.”

The BAPS Foundation raises money to fund programs like these teachers grants primarily through its annual golf tournament and a fundraising gala. Additional funding comes through investment proceeds from the Foundation’s endowment.

Since its inception in 1992, the BAPS Foundation has awarded more than $625,000 in grants to more than 1,200 teachers.

If you would like to contribute to the BAPS Foundation’s mission of supporting teachers and students, tickets and sponsorships are on sale for the Black & Gold Gala which will be held April 6 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center.