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Prize Patrol Doles Out $100K in Excel Grants

Southern Heights teachers Lana Baroudi, Abigail Bamburg, and Kaia Tomokiyo with Foundation Board Member David Paice.
Southern Heights teachers Lana Baroudi, Abigail Bamburg, and Kaia Tomokiyo with Foundation Board Member David Paice.
 
The Highline Schools Foundation Prize Patrol has been visiting classrooms around the district awarding $100,865 in Excel Grants to teachers. A total of 82 grants were awarded. This year, the maximum grant amount increased from $1,000 to $2,500. 
  
Among this year's projects are a television studio for second-graders at White Center Heights Elementary that will give students an opportunity to create fun, educational broadcasts to share with their families and other students. The broadcasts will include student-created content that follows core curricula, while offering a fun way to practice and demonstrate learning. Congratulations to teacher Andrea Gardner!
 
ACE math and science teacher Rupika Madhavan received a grant for activities to get students excited about physics. "Physics is an immensely wonderful subject that is often considered to be difficult and math heavy; however, it is also immensely beautiful and awe-inspiring," says Rupika. "I want to give to my students what I never got in high school: varying experiences like labs, explorations of simple phenomena, and field trips that show how beautiful and exciting physics can really be."
 
For 14 years, the Foundation has awarded grants directly to pre-K through 12th-grade educators (including teachers, counselors, librarians, and other staff) throughout Highline Public Schools to support innovative teaching and learning.
 
Read about all the winning projects here.



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