For the last decade, money from the Margaret Warner Educational Grants Fund of the Lakewood Rangers Education Foundation has provided Lakewood City Schools teachers the ability to offer enrichment opportunities to its students. This year is no different as the Foundation awarded more $10,000 in grants. The awards, along with a grant from the Meinke Creative Teaching Grant Fund, were announced at the District's annual Convocation on Monday, Aug.20.
The Rangers Education Foundation has a long history of helping enrich Lakewood students’ educational experiences. That is why the estate of Margaret Warner, who had a long and distinguished career as a social studies teacher at Lakewood High, decided to donate to the foundation in 1998. The grants fund was established in 2007 from that initial money.
The fund was set with the specific purpose of supporting the district’s teaching staff. Over the years, more than $80,000 has gone to teachers in their effort to broaden their students’ horizons and enrich their learning.
The grants help fund projects that help our students academically, culturally, socially and physically. Some examples of projects funded for the 2017-2018 school year include:
- Battle of the Books - a Jeopardy-style literary game (Harding)
- Lincoln Leaders community service group
- Underground Railroad experience (Garfield)
- Facing History Club, a girls' leadership group that brings refugee and American girls together (Lakewood High)
- A middle school soccer club
- Middle School Mock Trial
These are just some of the creative programs our teachers have developed to make sure that our students are well-educated and well-rounded!