Normally, the El Paso Community Foundation honors its The Classroom Fund grant recipients with a reception, then helps them load up their vehicles with items they’ve requested for the school year.
Obviously, this year is different. Instead of a reception in the Foundation Room, area teachers had a drive-through to receive a variety of supplies including books, science kits, athletic equipment, technology and more.
“The El Paso Community Foundation is committed to having a meaningful impact on the region’s educational ecosystem, said Stephanie Otero, Vice President of Operations. “This year is even more important as our teachers are facing some of the biggest challenges of their careers.”
El Paso Community Foundation staff placed the awarded items in their cars so they can still receive their materials before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
A total of 66 El Paso and Las Cruces area teachers were selected for grants totaling $58,000 from the El Paso Community Foundation’s The Classroom Fund.
The resource grants cover the pandemic-impacted 2020-2021 school year.
Since its creation in 2011, The Classroom Fund has awarded more than $1 million in grants to area teachers. The Classroom Fund is a special project of the El Paso Community Foundation.
The Classroom Fund provides requested classroom materials directly to full-time educators in the El Paso-Las Cruces area. A full list of the grantees can be found at theclassroomfund.org.
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta, Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post