Grants to Support Use of Technology in Rural Areas
The Foundation for Rural Service provides grants for a variety of programs, including youth-based initiatives and educational materials to improve educational achievement in rural communities across the country, with projects that will have a long-lasting effect on the community. Educational grants support technology in the classroom (such as computers and smartboards), curriculum development, extracurricular activities, and remote-learning programs. For example, the foundation has supported funding for Chromebooks for elementary school students, virtual-reality equipment for high school students, and classroom computers for underserved students. Awards range from $250 to $5,000. Priority is given to projects that will be fully funded by the grant maximum, or those that have 75 percent of the project costs funded.
The renewed focus on civics education in this country provides a promising path for readying students for the challenges of twenty-first century citizenship. The Council on Foreign Relations has created a free curriculum to facilitate this critical work. Educators are invited to explore the library of curriculum units—Global Era Issues; Regions of the World; and How the World Works—and Sometimes Doesn’t.
Be My Eyes is a free tool that connects users who are visually impaired with a global community of volunteers ready at a moment’s notice to help them “see”—to lend their eyesight and support with everyday tasks.
On April 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. (PT), Sprouts Farmers Market’s Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, in collaboration with the School Garden Support OrganizationNetwork, will present the first-ever virtual garden-based learning event with lessons taught by students at school garden sites across the country.