Albemarle Co., Charlottesville teachers awarded nearly $20K in grants

Albemarle Co., Charlottesville teachers awarded nearly $20K in grants

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - New grant money will help teachers launch projects to keep students engaged from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, the Shannon Foundation awarded 20 grants worth more than $20,000 to Albemarle County and Charlottesville school division teachers. Nearly $15,000 of it is going towards 11 different teachers in Albemarle County who came up with innovative projects to promote interactive learning remotely.

“We wanted to find a way to use the grant monies to allow us to give kids some tools that let them be able to go out into their communities and talk a little bit about their lives in ways that they’ve always done with other people in their communities, but they don’t always get a sense that they can share those with the rest of the world too," Jack Jouett Middle School teacher Steve Whitaker said.

All of the grant-funded projects have students going out into the world and creating, rather than sitting at a desk staring at a screen.

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