Educators Receive Surprise Grants

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A special school bus made several stops around Springfield Friday to surprise teachers and staff.

It’s part of Springfield Education Foundation’s annual prize patrol.

Members stop at various schools to surprise more than 30 educators with grants they’ve applied for.

The foundation raised more than $30,000 to spread out across the district.

A bunch of cheering administrators, board members and community members took a bus tour to visit each winning classroom with a reward.

“My sister works at another school and she texted me to say they’ve already been and I thought ‘Oh shoot, we didn’t get it’ and so super surprised. Way to end a Friday,” said Amy Bernatz, third grade teacher.

“Honored they chose us to get these kids to college because that’s our goal,” said Linda Urness, Career Center Coordinator.

Teachers got money for everything from iPads or iPods, to new sheet music, to Legos for engineering in math and science.

Organizers say more than 6,000 students will reap the benefits of these grants.

Each recipient will report back to the foundation at the end of the year with the results of their new tools in the classroom.

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