What is that? How does it work? It’s easy! Some of the best ideas in education come from our students. The Foundation For Excellence would like to fund some of your ideas. Let’s say, for example, you would like to learn more about astronomy and would like to have a good telescope to look at stars, maybe even some books that would help you to identify the constellations.
First of all, you would need to find a teacher who would be willing to sponsor your project. They don’t necessarily have to teach the class, but they must be willing to help you organize the project. What could you request? You could request a telescope, books, money to pay a teacher or person from outside the district to teach the class, or whatever it would take to make it happen! Remember that all equipment purchases remain the property of the St. Johns Public Schools-for others to enjoy too!
You may be asked to visit a Foundation meeting to explain your proposal or you may have someone from our committee visit you at school to ask you questions. Grants will be accepted, evaluated, approved or denied based on available the funds. So it is important to organize and get your ideas in soon. The committee will look at the following areas when evaluating your grant: creativity and uniqueness; positive social impact in school and/or community; realistic in time and resources.