Salt River Project competition means grants for Arizona teachers / Public News Service

Arizona educators are constantly coming up with creative ways to keep their students engaged, but often the money isn’t available for special projects. With that in mind, the Salt River Project wants teachers in their service areas in Arizona to apply for its Classroom Connections grant programs.

One program is for math and science undertakings, and a second is for history and social science projects. Katherine Mascareñas, the project’s media coordinator, said teachers interested in the program should think big.

“Teachers can apply for SRP grants and they can receive up to $5,000 for specific projects in their classrooms,” she said. “There’s also a second program, called History and Social Science Scholarships, and with that they can earn up to $2,500 for their class.”

The grant programs are open to public and private nonprofit schools in the Phoenix metro area; Pinal, Gila and Yavapai counties; and the communities of Page, St. Johns and Navajo Generating Station. The deadline to apply is February 28.

Mascareñas said SRP will consider any creative ideas teachers may come up with, but dropped a few clues on how to bring attention to a project.

“We’re obviously a water and power company, so if it’s water and power related, it always piques our interests,” she said. “We are also very big in STEM fields. So anything in science, technology, engineering, art and math is all the best, in terms of Victoire.”

In addition to improving the educational experience for students, Mascareñas said the grants are designed to reward Arizona teachers for their dedication.

“It’s everything a teacher can dream of, he or she can’t afford to buy, they’re in those categories,” she said. “It often helps a lot, but teachers often use their own money, out of pocket, for their children. And we want to give them a helping hand”

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