Tahlequah Public Schools is very fortunate to have outstanding teachers and staff that continually look for outside sources to supplement additional funding to increase student learning and teacher knowledge. Grants are sought out on a continual basis at the district, site and individual teacher level.
Tahlequah Public Schools partnered with Briggs Public Schools to write and receive the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. Only 10 proposals were chosen for funding from 53 proposals submitted. This is a multi-year grant that provides the Cherokee Elementary and Briggs Elementary $299,999.00 to improve student achievement by providing quality after-school experiences at both schools. A major portion of this money will be used to staff the after-school programs at both sites. Funds will also be used to purchase many program supplies such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) equipment, art supplies, musical instruments, drama materials and much more. As the program grows, we also will be able to work with local professionals to help teach our students specialized skills such as martial arts or needlework. TPS will apply for the same grant next year to help two more school sites in our district.
This past fall, the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation took applications from many district employees. 26 applications were selected for funding. The Foundation awarded over $52,000.00 to our schools. These grants will help provide a wide variety of resources for our students such as pre-computer coding games for PK students, learning games for classrooms, iPad minis and reading materials for our special education classes and robotics technology for many different grade levels.
The Tahlequah Community Fund also awarded many grants to our district this fall. 13 TPS employees were chosen to receive a total of $23,288.00 in grant funds. These grants will provide such resources as virtual field trip glasses for social studies classes, calculators for upper level math students, mobile listening centers for our PK students and STEM equipment for all our elementary buildings.
The district received a Community Grant from Best Buy Foundation for $10,000.00. These grant funds will be used to help create a STEM room at Tahlequah Middle School. We are providing students with exposure to robotics kits, 3D printers and experiences with STEM professionals from our community. Our district is committed to giving every middle school student the time to work with STEM equipment that will encourage cooperation, learning, science achievement and will help them to realize their potential in such careers one day.
These are just a few examples of grants that the district has received this year. Grant funds help create a safer and more effective learning environment for all our students. Many programs and activities would not be possible without these supplemental funding sources. TPS is committed to finding alternative ways to help every child reach their full potential.