The Cobb Community Foundation and Cobb Schools Foundation paired up this year to raise money for teachers to fund special programs and lessons within their classrooms. The local organizations were able to donate $35,000 in grants and gifts to teachers in 23 Cobb County Public Schools this year, an all-time record high, said Sheri Brante of the Cobb Schools Foundation.
Lassiter High School special needs teacher Melanie McCallum was awarded a $2,500 grant for a program called, “Teach one feed one.” McCallum plans to use the money to set up a food pantry at Lassiter High School to be run entirely by her special needs students, which would provide them with real life learning experiences and skills, while helping to provide needy families in Cobb County with basic kitchen supplies, Brante said.
The IMPACT grants ranged from $500 to $2,500, and this year 80 teachers applied from around the county. This year, 23 teachers were awarded grants, an improvement from last year’s 18 grants, Brante said.
This is the ninth year the teacher IMPACT grants were awarded to Cobb County teachers, and Brante said the entire Cobb County community came together to award the teachers gifts and money needed to pursue special programs and lessons within their classrooms. Whole Foods donated 5 percent of a day of sales on October 30, which raised $5,500 for the grants, Brante said, and the Cobb Homecoming Class Golf Tournament at Brookstone Country Club held this September helped to raise extra funds as well.
Those who would like more information on the grants, or want to learn more about donating to the Cobb County School System should go to www.cobbschoolsfoundation.org.