Cherokee, Adair and Sequoyah County rural schools eligible for classroom grants

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/08/2018 04:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rural public schools in Cherokee, Adair and Sequoyah counties, as well as 17 other Oklahoma counties, are invited to apply for grants from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation.

The grant program is designed to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for students in rural Oklahoma. Classroom Enhancement Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms for projects focusing on arts and humanities, science or literacy. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 4.

In Cherokee County, Briggs, Grand View, Hulbert, Keys, Lowrey, Norwood, Peggs, Shady Grove, Tenkiller and Woodall school districts are eligible to apply for Classroom Enhancement Grants.

In Adair County the schools eligible to apply are Belfonte, Cave Springs, Dahlonegah, Greasy, Maryetta, Peavine, Watts, Westville and Zion.

In Sequoyah County, Belfonte, Brushy, Central, Gans, Gore, Liberty, Marble City, Moffett, Muldrow and Vian schools are encouraged to apply.

“Longtime Coalgate resident Carolyn Watson established this program to connect students to opportunities not typically available in rural areas,” said Nancy B. Anthony, President of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, which administers the grant program. “Carolyn’s generosity is helping to broaden the horizons for many students throughout the state.”

Eligible public schools must be located within one of 20 designated counties and be designated as rural by the National Center for Education Statistics, or be one of the original school districts designated by Carolyn Watson.

For a complete list of eligible school districts, visit ruraloklahoma.org/classroom-enhancement-grants. To access the online application, call Erika Warren at 405-606-2920 or email e.warren@occf.org.

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was established at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1995 by the late Carolyn Watson, longtime CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank. Since its founding in 1998, the Classroom Enhancement Grants have provided rural Oklahoma schools with more than $670,000 to improve the quality of life in designated rural Oklahoma communities. The grant programs are administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. For more information, visit occf.org/ruraloklahoma.

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