REF awards grants totaling more than $36,000

A grant from the Rockford Education Foundation enables students from River Valley Academy and Rockford preschoolers to work together on a composting project for the Rockford Community Gardens. The collaboration between the two schools’ students will continue as both will fill the bins while learning about composting.

A total of 51 grants supporting educational opportunities from choral composition to composting were approved by the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) during its fall grant sessions. The grants, given to Rockford schools and organizations, totaled more than $36,000.

Some of the more innovative grants included support for creation of an original choral work by sophomore girls choir students and a renowned composer, and a River Valley Academy program that will teach science principles and provide compost for the Rockford Community Gardens.

“Once again we were impressed by the passion and dedication of our teachers and others who are creating innovative learning opportunities in our schools and community,” said Theresa Webb, REF trustee and chair of the Grants Committee.

Since its founding in 1991, REF has awarded more than $942,000 in grants to teachers, schools and community organizations. The REF raises funds throughout the year to award grants each October and January.

The REF was established to provide resources for increased educational opportunities for people of all ages in the Rockford community. The REF is an independent, nonprofit corporation, governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the community. Teachers, students and community members with innovative ideas have received grants for wide-ranging, educational purposes. Grants are awarded twice yearly based on the merit of the request and its ability to promote educational excellence. For more information, visit www.rockfordschools.org/ref.

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