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Educational grants galore in Palm Beach County schools

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Schools in the School District of Palm Beach County are receiving grants from businesses as well as non- profit organizations. Golden Grove Elementary School was recently awarded a prestigious Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Education and Beautification grant from Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc.

Freedom Shores Elementary School first grade teacher and reading specialist Carla Colebrooks has received a $100 grant for supplies and materials for her students. The veteran teacher’s class has been adopted by JCPenney/JCP Cares through the AdoptAClassroom.org initiative. JCPenney and JCP Cares are key corporate sponsors of the AdoptAClassroom.org effort and each month supports a new cause by inviting customers to round up their purchases online or in-store to the nearest dollar to benefit education.

Ms. Colebrooks, who serves on a variety of community boards in Boynton Beach such as the Educational and Youth Advisory Board and the Boynton Beach Reads program. The first grade teacher said the grant will be a big help. “The money will assist in getting more reading material such as Read Along and other supplies that will make my class a more enriched learning environment.” She added that she believes her students retain more when learning is fun and she hopes to receive more grants to purchase Nooks tablets in the future.

Allamanda Elementary School is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Office Depot Foundation to be used for an outdoor fitness trail as part of the school’s new Health and Wellness Campus Choice Program.

Deborah Feinsinger, Allamanda Program Coordinator, said, “We are so grateful to the Office Depot Foundation Grant Committee for approving this grant. We are a community school and our students and their families will benefit from the generosity of the Office Depot Foundation. Allamanda is eager to prepare for the inaugural year of the Health and Wellness Campus, the first and only program of its kind in the Palm Beach County School District, and this grant helps us forge ahead.”

Grants are a tremendous way that students and teachers are helped to acquire many educational goals. Thanks to all that help the schools.

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office - Nov. 2013

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