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      Amarillo Education Foundation handsout grants to teachers

      Right now, while school districts are facing tighter budgets, education foundations are providing a means to get needed equipment. The Amarillo Education Foundation is spending the week surprising teachers with grants that will help them buy supplies and equipment they've needed for sometime.

      For Meg Davis, a librarian at Ridgecrest Elementary, an overwhelming feeling of surprise. She was presented with a check in response to a grant she wrote. She's pleading for money to enhance her classroom and give students learning material to help ace the STAAR.

      "The grant will provide students with a new Science textbooks that are targeted to grades three to fifth state standards and they will help fill a gap that we had in the curriculum," said Davis.

      "Our purpose is to provide funds to the school district through classroom grants and all sorts of different things, things outside of the budget of the school district," said Amarillo Education Foundation, Susan Stevenson.

      Through fundraising efforts the Amarillo Education Foundation was able to give away 32 grants worth a total of $48,000. Davis said she applied for the grant with hopes of enhancing their Science selection.

      "When I analyzed the collection, Science is the hardest section to keep current in the library," said Davis.

      Susan Stevenson with the Amarillo Education Foundation said Science was a popular subject in the 68 grants request they received.

      "This year its Science because the curriculum has changed, state curriculum has changed there's such a great need for materials and all kinds of things in the Science labs and through the schools," said Stevenson.

      Meg Davis said she hopes to have the eBooks loaded on the schools computers by the start of the new school year.