Pleasant Hill teachers surprised with thousands in grants

The grants cover areas like music, reading, language programs and clubs as well as trips for students who are excelling in the classroom.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 5:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Pleasant Hill School District teachers got a pleasant surprise Thursday as they were presented with more than $47,000 in grants for their classrooms.

The Pleasant Hill Education Foundation presented more than 20 teachers with the grants, which will fund new technology and programs at the elementary, middle and high schools.

The grants cover areas like music, reading, language programs and clubs as well as trips for students who are excelling in the classroom.

Pleasant Hill Education Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Anderson said the grant money is crucial.

“This allows us to meet kids anyway they are so they can have different ways to learn, fun experiences and try new things in life,” Anderson said. “That's really going to help them succeed here in school as well as after school.”

For teachers, the money provides materials that they might otherwise have to purchase out of their own pocket or may not be able to afford at all.

Pleasant Hill Elementary School teacher Brooke Quinones said the money will help her kindergarten students learn the alphabet in an interactive way.

“It's an amazing opportunity to get some more interactive applications into our classroom,” Quinones said.

The foundation also gave out grants to clubs, like the robotics club and the yoga club. They bought microscopes for the metal shop class, and some money will go to instruments. Money will also help send a teacher to a conference to learn how to help boost reading scores. Some younger students are creating a Billie café so they can come up with a menu and serve lunch to the staff.

Third-grade teacher Rachelle Dow is using her money to buy materials to help students with their vision, balance and auditory exercises.

“I feel very excited. It was wonderful to see, and these kids have been enjoying it and I'd like to share it with the rest of the school, so this will be wonderful,” Dow said.

Money for the grants was provided by donations to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation.

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