PowerUP Jax grants seed creativity and innovation


PowerUP Jax grants are an easy way for teachers to earn $500 towards an innovative and creative project for their classroom.  Take a look below at a few of last year's winners. 

undefinedMisty Allen from John Stockton Elementary School was a PowerUP Jax grant winner last year.  Using her winning funds, she was able to present a program to her students called The Science Box.  This program was created by a local scientist who visits classrooms and provides students with hands on and engaging science lessons.  The students learned about matter, sound, the transfer of energy, magnetism, and chemical reactions. With the new supplies and materials Ms. Allen was able to purchase, her students were able to put the Scientific Method into action! 

Kelly Lewis from Duval Charter at Baymeadows created an afterschool program exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, art, and math with help from PUJ funds. The club meets twice a week and has 18 club members. PUJ funds helped Ms. Lewis purchase hands-on interactive projects to help students learn about automation, animation, irrigation, circuitry, and more. PUJ funds also helped give the club an opportunity to compete in the Math Counts district competition!

undefinedKelly DeSousa of Palm Avenue Exceptional Student Center enhanced her campus and fostered self-expression, creativity, and individuality among her students. PUJ funds allowed her to implement a collaborative art project producing a sculpture garden of personalized and decorated rocks. All of the students and even faculty had the opportunity to create a rock! 

Jacksonville Public Education Fund in partnership with lead sponsor Community First Cares Foundation believes in seeding innovation and rewarding creativity among public school teachers. So they’re funding 20 projects this fall! All you need to do is answer a few questions and submit your proposed budget. Applications open August 1, and the deadline to apply is September 23. The 20 winners will be selected in October 2016.




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