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The following article was posted on September 25th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 29 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 29

Altrusa International gives grants to Santa Maria teachers

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM

Fifty Santa Maria-Bonita School District teachers received $300 each from Altrusa International of the Golden Valley on Sept. 24.

The $15,000 in grants will go to classroom supplies, activities, or lessons and will cover a range of subjects, including field trips, technology, and assemblies. Teachers had to apply for the grants by describing their objectives, the curriculum standards addressed, and how the grant will enhance student learning.

Fifth-grade teacher Linda Corley from Ontiveros Elementary School will be using her money to purchase Kindle e-readers that will enhance the accelerated reading program in her classroom. Margaretann Andrade-Coloma, a third-grade teacher at Battles Elementary, is planning to start a class garden to help teach physical science with the grant. Bruce Elementary School third-grade teacher Andy Watson will use the $300 for ukuleles that will help teach music to his students.

The award reception was held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the school district office. Altrusa International of the Golden Valley raises funds throughout the year to pay for the grants. It’s the second year that the organization has provided teachers in Santa Maria-Bonita with the grants. At the beginning of the school year, Altrus also donated 1,900 backpacks and dozens of boxes of school supplies to Santa Maria-Bonita students.