CN-area schools eligible for grant opportunities

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/27/2017 04:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Some schools located within the Cherokee Nation are eligible to apply for Classroom Enhancement Grants through the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation to increase funding.

In Adair County, eligible schools are Cave Springs, Dahlonegah, Greasy, Maryetta, Peavine, Rocky Mountain, Watts, Westville and Zion.

In Cherokee County, eligible schools are Briggs, Grand View, Hulbert, Keys, Lowrey, Norwood, Peggs, Shady Grove, Tenkiller and Woodall.

In Sequoyah County, eligible schools are Belfonte, Brushy, Gans, Gore, Liberty, Marble City, Moffett, Muldrow and Vian.

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation, a fund administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, is designed to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for students via grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Eligible classes range from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade for projects focusing on arts and humanities, science or literacy.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

A recent report from the Rural School and Community Trust ranks Oklahoma’s rural schools as the ninth state in greatest need of assistance. According to the report, Oklahoma spends less than $4,400 per rural student.

“With half of Oklahoma’s public schools in rural areas, it is crucial to supply teachers and classrooms with the tools to improve learning opportunities,” Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation president, said. “Established by longtime Coalgate resident, Carolyn Watson, this program is helping to broaden the horizons for rural Oklahoma students.”

The Classroom Enhancement Grant program is designed to enrich the learning environment through projects integrated into the academic curriculum and provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge or understanding of one of the three focus areas. The one-year grant may be used to create a program or build upon an existing program to promote student learning.

For a complete list of the 120 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.

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