Recipients of a new grant program for Sonoma County teachers was announced this week by the John Jordan Foundation.
"This is a grant open to all 8,000 Sonoma County teachers," said board president. "The grant was available up to $300 and is our first grant pilot program."
Schaffner said the foundation received 381 applications with request totals over $180,000.
"We are awarding 100 grants, touching 11,159 students and giving close to $29,000 to 82 schools touching every part of Sonoma County," Schaffner said. "We will be sending gift cards for supplies to the teachers we could not fund."
According to Schaffner, the winning grants buy things like microscopes and whiteboards, help get kids exposed to colleges and career programs, buy basic readers and help schools prepare for the transitional kindergarten.
"We are working on a way to list the unfunded grants on our website to help get other teacher's get funded," she said.