A team from Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth County Education Foundation entered Otwell Middle School on Friday morning with signs and pom poms and a familiar duck in tow to bring exciting news to the personal.
“Oh my God,” director Precilla Saint-Jean shouted, seeing the group carrying an oversized check for $4,909 – part of an education foundation grant she and her team applied for. to help create the innovation lab in the school’s media center.
The space has a studio with audio and video production equipment where students can learn to broadcast and create productions, but innovative learning specialist Greg Walkup and instructional technology specialist David Miller helped apply for the grant to develop the laboratory.
“I know how difficult it is to get this type of fund…. so it’s just a humbling moment that you all give us the financial resources to help our students,” Walkup said. “Thank you all.”
Otwell was one of 26 schools to receive an education foundation grant as part of the nonprofit’s annual FriYAY Foundation giveaway on Friday, August 26.
Throughout the day, three teams of foundation and district leaders visited each recipient to surprise school staff with 30 different grants totaling more than $126,000.
Grants are funded through the foundation’s annual Duck Dive for Education fundraiser, where community members and businesses can donate $10 to adopt a duck for a chance to win $10,000 .
Donations from the event help fund the grants, providing funding directly to county schools for needed projects and equipment not normally paid for through school budgets.