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Cash For Classrooms Grants Transforming Education in CUSD

Chandler Education Foundation Cash for Classrooms grant in action

Small contributions add up to create a big impact for Chandler Unified students 

For over two decades, the Chandler Education Foundation has spearheaded the Cash For Classrooms Fundraiser, a remarkable initiative that showcases the power of collective action in enhancing education. This annual campaign sees families in the Chandler Unified School District come together, contributing small amounts that collectively make a substantial impact. The funds raised are then channeled into grants that enable innovative projects, enriching the learning experiences of students across the district.

In the fall of 2023, the Chandler Education Foundation disbursed over $75,000 in enrichment grants, igniting transformative projects across various schools. Here are a few examples that illustrate the diverse ways in which these grants are making a difference:

Digital Integration at Willis Junior High

Eighth-graders at Willis Junior High are honing future-ready skills through digital integration facilitated by stylus pens. These tools empower students during algebra lessons, fostering note-taking, organization, and collaboration through various digital platforms. This blended learning approach not only enhances engagement but also nurtures confidence in navigating digital environments.

Musical Exploration at Santan Elementary

Kindergarteners at Santan Elementary are embarking on a musical journey, exploring different styles and performance concepts with new instruments and specialized music games. By making learning active and enjoyable, these resources promote retention and active participation, laying a strong foundation for musical appreciation.

STEM Enrichment at Hancock Elementary

Hancock Elementary students are delving into the wonders of science with 40 additional STEM-based books in the library. Covering a wide array of topics, these resources supplement science lessons and ignite curiosity among nearly 900 students, fostering a deeper understanding of scientific principles.

Improvisation Workshops at Santan Junior High

Santan Junior High students are boosting confidence and creativity through improvisation workshops led by external speakers from Improv Mania. By honing critical thinking and communication skills in drama classes, students are better equipped to navigate uncertainty—a valuable asset in today's fast-paced world.

Cultural Exploration at Tarwater Elementary

Mandarin students at Tarwater Elementary are immersing themselves in ancient Chinese innovations and cultural celebrations through hands-on experiments, cooking, and storytelling. By engaging with history and culture firsthand, students gain a deeper appreciation for global perspectives and traditions.

Interdisciplinary Learning at Knox Gifted Academy

At Knox Gifted Academy, third-graders are embarking on an interdisciplinary journey as budding archaeologists. Through a captivating project recreating the Redwood Box Cache, students explore scientific principles while delving into the intriguing tale of a Nicoleño Native American's survival, bringing history and science to life.

Personalized Expression at Bogle Junior High

Bogle Junior High students are expressing themselves through customizable photobooks created and published using an online platform. These books provide a unique glimpse into students' lives, enabling even nonverbal students to share special moments with their families, fostering connection and understanding.

Culture of Innovation across Chandler Unified

The impact of Cash for Classrooms Grants extends far beyond monetary value, enriching educational experiences and fostering a culture of innovation in Chandler Unified schools. As we celebrate the success of these transformative projects, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the community whose generosity continues to make these initiatives possible, shaping the future of education one grant at a time.

Follow the Chandler Education Foundation on Instagram for more updates on how the #CashForClassrooms grants are fueling access, innovation, and excellence within Chandler Unified schools. 

If you or your organization would like to contribute to these valuable grants, please make a donation online today to our Cash For Classrooms fund. 

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