Education Foundation Funds $45k for 2015-16 Public School Grants

Laura Bessinger-Morse
September 23, 2015


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Education Foundation Funds $45k for 2015-16 Public School Grants

WEST PALM BEACH (September 22, 2015) One hundred and seven applications from public school teachers poured into the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County (EFPBC) for the 2015-16 school year grant cycle, a 56% increase over last year. EFPBC awarded 51 Classroom Grants this year totaling $45,000. This is an increase over the $30,000 in classroom grant funding distributed in 2014-15. The Foundation’s Classroom Grants program is provided through private donations and in partnership with the State of Florida’s License 4 Learning campaign, which shares a portion of proceeds with local school districts when “Support Education” license plates are sold to drivers.

The popular grant program provides teachers an opportunity to present innovative ideas in hopes of launching a project that can make a big impact on the success of their students. Project areas funded focus on Literacy, Career Education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics and must provide measurable results for evaluation. Individual teacher projects are awarded up to $750 and team projects receive up to $1,250. A complete list of grant recipients can be viewed on line at

EFPBC seeks to help teachers bridge barriers to learning in their classrooms. “The License for Learning grants provided by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County have been very helpful in getting specific resources to my students that were unavailable without their funding,” states Dr. Jagathy Nair, a special education instructor at Royal Palm School.

“The quality of applications reviewed shows a very engaged and dedicated level of teaching in our public schools,” shared the Foundation’s Program Officer Laura Bessinger-Morse. “The Foundation works in partnership with the School District and its teachers to build the highest-quality education system with the best resources available to our school children.” The Foundation encourages the community to support public education by purchasing a License 4 Learning education plate ( or donating online at


About the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. With the support it receives from contributions and grants, the Education Foundation provides resources for innovative programs to improve academic achievement.





 EFPBC Carlos - First grader Carlos just passed a Reading Counts quiz with a "just right" book provided by a grant from the Education Foundation.  When he started first grade, he was a year and a half behind in his reading skills.  With help from his teachers, Carlos leaped ahead in just half the school year to read on grade level, which boosted his learning in other subjects as well. His potential unlocked, Carlos began to surpass his skills tests and find his ability to learn was limitless. (Photo: Michelle Dunlap)

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