Most of the 520 pre-K through 8th grade students at Garfield Elementary have been doing their schooling online the entire school year. Bernal says this has presented challenges for teachers, who are new to online teaching, and to students and families, who struggle with remaining engaged in this new remote learning environment.
Garfield Elementary helps its low-income families with not only education, but also critical needs like access to healthy food. Bernal says the $5,000 grant will be used to support its weekly fresh produce/mobile pantry program, plus learning engagement incentives like Door Dash delivery rewards for students with perfect attendance and books for students to build their own at-home libraries – especially important when the school library is closed due to the pandemic.
“When we get support from organizations like APS, we feel rewarded and like we are not alone.”
The Supply My School program is just one way APS supports education. Throughout the year, there are a number of grant opportunities available to Arizona teachers and schools, including STEM Teacher Grants for hands-on STEM classroom projects and other education related grants. Information about these grants can be found at APS.com/community
About the APS Foundation
The APS Foundation supports programs that enhance academic achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Since 1981, the Foundation has invested more than $44 million in projects throughout Arizona that help prepare students to compete in a 21st century economy. To find out more information, please visit APS.com/foundation