Grant Patrol Surprises Topeka Teachers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Their checks might not have been for millions of dollars, but area teachers found a visit from Topeka's version of the prize patrol Friday nearly as exciting.

Representatives of the Topeka Public Schools Foundation brought balloons and good news, delivering teachers the news that they received Tidwell Education Grants.

Among those receiving surprise visits were Jo Flowers at Avondale West; Larry Brayton and Miranda Forgey at Hope Street Academy, Christy Steinmetz at Meadows Elementary; and Pat Nash, who lept into the air and cheered when the group arrived at the Scott Magnet School gym.

The grants help teachers bring new resources to their classrooms for projects or activities they might not otherwise be able to afford. Nash, for example, wants to purchase a device that's a combination bike and scooter to introduce new physical activities to her PE students, while Steinmetz is setting up literacy work stations. Brayton is planning a large-scale pinewood derby, which will involve physics students in designing and building the cars, while marketing students will develop NASCAR-style graphics and marketing concepts for the "race teams."

In all, the foundation awarded 20 grants, totaling $27,490.05.

A list of all grant winners and their projects is attached.

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