Each school year CINS awards Excellence in Education grants of up to $500 to teachers and staff in the Grady cluster. These grants enhance classroom learning environments and support innovative educational efforts.
Excellence in Education grants do not replace funding from the Atlanta Public Schools and differ from school-based funding initiatives like foundations and parent-teacher organizations, which typically fund bigger-ticket needs like teacher training, technology purchases and facility enhancements (think playgrounds and gardens).
Funds are used for an array of extras, including special equipment, guest speakers, performers, field trips and innovative materials. We also award a special Adelia Hall Arts Grant to an applicant who makes a special effort to integrate art into the core curriculum. During the 2016-17 school year, CINS funded 18 grant proposals from teachers at all seven zoned, cluster schools, for a total of $7877.55!
The grants paid for items such as "black out" curtains for a chemistry lab at Grady, 3-D printers at Spark and MES, a programmable robot at Hope-Hill, programmable Sphero robot balls and stabilizing camera equipment at Centennial, human anatomy models at Mary Lin, and tablets for learning Spanish at Mary Lin and Spark. Alternate seating (and standing!) options were also popular requests this year and were funded for Mary Lin, Morningside, and Hope-Hill. Books, books, and more books were funded for Inman, Mary Lin, Spark, and the Grady cluster step team.
Lastly, CINS grants helped send Hope-Hill fifth graders to see a performance at the Alliance Theater and the Grady Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall! Thanks to all who donated to make this possible!
For more information on Excellence in Education grants process, please contact Cindy Hulbert.