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Classroom Enhancement Grants
Through the Classroom Enhancement Grant Program, the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation supports activities and programs at select schools that will improve the classroom experience for the students. Grants are awarded once a year and applications are available at Shamrock Bank locations.
The next grant deadline is to be determined.
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The following guidelines apply to the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation Classroom Enhancement Grants:
1. Primary focus of the effort will be significant academic and arts classroom projects.
2. Funds should not displace support which might be available from a school system or other
sources. For example, funding requests for basic supplies are given a low priority.
3. Projects must be integrated in addition to the basic course curriculum.
4. Collaborations and cooperative projects especially across disciplines are encouraged. Collaborations of this grant program with other grant programs, such as the State Arts Council’s Artist-in-Residence, are also encouraged.
5. Grant funds may be expended in the following ways:
Materials and resources for special classroom projects
Field trips directly related to classroom activities (excluding transportation, supervision and school liability expense). Field trips should include all students in an area of study related to the curriculum and should not be limited to a select group of students.
6. Teachers should define specific goals and prepare a plan that allows the impact of the program to be assessed. The evaluation should include the number of students that will benefit from the project or program.
7. For activities involving grades 1 through 5, all children in a grade level should have the opportunity to participate or benefit. Teachers for these grades should collaborate so that all of the grade level can benefit.
8. Audio books will only be considered for children in levels below first grade or in classes for the learning disabled.
9. Grants will be administered through the respective public school administrative funds and should be used for items and activities that are consistent with applicable purchase policies.
10. The Principal will co-sign the application form for each grant indicating a review and approval of the project on the part of the administration.
11. Funding for the following items listed below will generally be excluded:
- Videos or DVDs
- Furniture type supplies and items, such as organizers for materials, chairs…
- Computer hardware including monitors, printers, CPU, scanners and internet equipment
- Items or programs for athletic, extracurricular or social service activities
- Transportation expenses
- Multi-media equipment, such as digital cameras and video equipment
- Applications for grades Pre-K or younger
1. Develop a project that fits the guidelines including a strong curriculum statement. Develop a budget and time line. Please include in your budget the number of students that will benefit from your proposed project. Review the project with the principal and others to be involved. Collaborate with other teachers and coordinate with other activities and with other proposed grant projects.
2. Complete the application form including all attachments. Please include the signature of all participating teachers and the principal
3. Submit five (5) copies of the application and attachments to the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation by May 1 for projects beginning the following academic year. All applications should be complete and received by that date. No faxed applications are accepted. A local committee will provide initial review and recommendation with final approval by the Trustees of the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation.
4. Notifications will be sent to all applicants by September 1. Funds will be available when the contract signed by the superintendent of the district is received by the Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation.
5. An interim grant report will be due January 15 and a final report will be due by June 15.
*Eligible Oklahoma School Districts:
Atoka County: Atoka, Caney, Harmony and Lane.
Bryan County: Bennington, Caddo, Rock Creek, Washington Irving Elementary - Durant, Robert E. Lee Elementary School- Durant, Northwest Heights Elementary School - Durant, Intermediate Heights Elementary School and Silo
Caddo County: Boone-Apache, Carnegie and Corn School
Coal County: Coalgate, Cottonwood, Olney and Tupelo
Jackson County: Eugene Field Elementary – Altus, Sunset Elementary – Altus, Will Rogers Elementary School- Altus, Roosevelt Elementary School – Altus, Washington Elementary School – Altus and Altus Middle School
Johnston County: Coleman and Wapanucka
Kiowa County: Mountain View – Gotebo
Latimer County: Buffalo Valley
Pushmataha County; Albion, Clayton, Nashoba and Tuskahoma
Washita County: Washita Heights
NOTE: Applications will be accepted for grades K-12 only from the schools listed above.
Apache High School - $1,882.00
For field trips to attend the Lawton Community Theatre and Cameron University Theatre productions of The Sound of Music and The Drowsy Chaperone . The performances will enhance literature and music comprehension, appreciation and enrichment.
Apache High School - $2,500.00
To purchase historical speeches, letters, memoirs, anthologies and the most critially needed non-fiction novels, supplementary guides and teaching sets.
Boone - Apache Middle School - $600.00
To purchase Reading, Vocabulary, Fluency & Comprehension enhancement to better prepare the middle school students in these areas.
Boone - Apache Middle School - $1,000.00
For Project Lead the Way - Vex Robotics. The goal of this program is to send students on to the high school PLTW course at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Ft. Cobb and eventually to a college in pursuit of an engineering degree.
Caney Elementary School - $425.00
To purchase match and science items and manipulatives to increase academic learning through the use of hands-on learning centers that target specific math and science skills.
Coleman Public Schools - $1,700.00
For the "Travis and Presley's Good Manners Classroom Bundle" and schedule a visit from the author and his dog.
Coalgate High School - $500.00
For a field trip to Attend Hispanic Flamenco Ballet: Latin American Roots and Viva Espanan with Tablao Flamenco. The performance will teach the students to tolerate, appreciate, understand and accept cultural differences while learning a foreign language.
Coalgate High School - $1,400.00
To purchase supplies for the Created in Stone Program. The Created in Stone Program offers hands-on sculpturing of soft stone while teaching about ancient civilizations, patience, three-dimensional thinking, creating voids and pits, as well as abstract and realistic interpretation.
Lane Public School - $1,000.00
To purchase hands-on manipulatives for new science materials for the enhancement of higher order thinking, problem solving skills, science skills and writing.
Nashoba School - $700.00
For a field trip to Attend Tulsa Performing Arts Center's Mary Poppins so that students can write and discuss ways in which they have found an appreciation for art.
Wapanucka Public School - $550.00
To purchase fiction and non-fiction literature to engage students in understanding the history of Oklahoma.