By Heather Lusk
More than $7,000 in grants were awarded to teachers at Zionsville Community High School as part of the Parent Teacher Organization’s fall grant cycle.
The classroom grants were awarded to nine teachers for science, the arts, counseling, physical education and special needs.
“It’s neat to see so many kids benefiting from the support of our parents through these grants,” ZCHS principal Tim East said.
The grants are funded by the PTO primarily through the annual membership drive.
One grant to the science department provided additional digital carbon dioxide and oxygen gas sensor probes, allowing more students to utilize the equipment. The PTO had funded a minimum amount of the equipment several years earlier, so the additional quantity will allow more students to have a hands-on experience.
“That speaks across most of the grants,” East said. “It allows deeper understanding as well as more individual students having opportunities to benefit from the equipment in the classrooms.”
The art department received two grants for two light field cameras and digital drawing and graphic tablets. The special needs and guidance departments each received grants for special furnishings to improve their spaces.
“It’s nice that the PTO committee really gets to see all the neat things our teachers are doing to enhance beyond the basics in the classroom,” East said.
“We were thrilled to have such a variety of departments to enhance the student experience,” said Laura Williams, PTO president at ZCHS. “The grants this year will basically touch every student in the building. This is exactly what we want, being able to provide extra opportunities for our students and staff for our students to have access to tools and equipment that they wouldn’t normally have.”