The Topeka Public Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $35,000 in grants to 36 Topeka Public Schools teachers. Yesterday, the Grant Patrol, led by the foundation’s executive director, Pamela Johnson-Betts , surprised teachers in six classrooms to inform them of their grant’s approval. The teachers were all smiles as they learned that their special projects would receive funding.
The TPSF allocations committee awarded grants for classroom, school and district-wide innovative projects and grants that provide opportunities for students that may not otherwise be possible. Johnson-Betts said the Foundation annually distributes educational grant dollars to Topeka Public Schools because, “grant dollars provide needed support to the district, endorse educators’ creativity and benefit students with expanded educational opportunies.”