The Zionsville Education Foundation handed out more than $29,000 in grant money to Zionsville Community Schools teachers during its spring grant cycle.
ZEF Executive Director Tracy Phillips and ZEF Board of Directors President Bob Spoonmore spent most of Monday morning making their way to Boone Meadow and Pleasant View elementary schools as well as Zionsville Community High School and the Educational Services Center to present the grants.
"It's really neat to highlight these teachers that have figured out they have a need and look at ways to incorporate us into fulfilling those needs," Spoonmore said. "We've handed out grants for preschoolers all the way through high schoolers, with grants touching on literacy, art, math and the social sciences."
One of the teachers was ZCHS art teacher Brenda Jalaie, who was awarded a $500 grant to purchase a new device for printmaking methods.
"By doing the etchings and printmakings with the new press, we'll bring a whole new dimension and learn more about printmaking that these students haven't seen or learned before," Jalaie said. "Some of my students can do it now, but the press we have now is physically limiting my performance and our students' performance."
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