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Just Doin' Some Diggin' for GREEN!!

I hear so many teachers talk about how they wish there was a way to get technology in the hands of their students more often. When it comes to our District's budget we find that it is not always bigger in Texas! So, I thought I'd do some diggin' around and see what's out there to get some cash in your hands and light up the next great student adventure into learning!

Below you'll find a few grants and student scholarship opportunities, to make your classroom 21st century and could be a chance of a lifetime for one of your students!

You Can find more grant information here

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Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and anyone can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.

When a project reaches its funding goal, ships the materials to the school. Donors get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. When donors give over $50 they'll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

We have a teacher who has a project waiting to be funded right now! It's all about the students, they deserve it! Tammy Bryant Lego project, if you can't afford to give at the moment share the project out with any social media you are participating in! Let's support our teachers anyway we can!

Heather Clark has had two projects funded by Donors Choose! She received an iPad w/accessories and her latest project was for books for the TMS Book Club!

Are you ready to submit your project?


Here's how one teacher got a classroom set of Chromebooks using DonorsChoose.

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Follett Challenge!

Start Brainstorming NOW! Get Ready for the 2016 Follett Challenge!

The Follett Challenge showcases and rewards educators who are aligning their curriculum and approach in order to teach the skills needed in the 21st century, and who are implementing a collaborative program with others in their school. In order to enter, applicants must demonstrate how the program is preparing students for the demands of the 21st century and complete the entire online application, which includes a 3-5 minutes video about the program.


K-12 schools (public/private) in the United States and Canada are invited to apply. Submissions are open to classroom teachers, special teachers (i.e. art teachers, music teachers, etc.), technology specialists, administrators, PTAs and librarians/media specialists.

You're an innovator who is changing the lives of your students in new and unique ways - with a program that just might make you next year's Follett Challenge champion.

Are you up for the Challenge?

Details for the 2016 Follett Challenge coming in the fall of 2015 right here on

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Doodle 4 Google Competition

It has been so much fun watching the different Google homepage images throughout the years.

Did you know that not only does the winner's image land on Google's homepage but the student gets a $30k college scholarship!

The winner’s full-time school will be awarded a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment or improvement of a computer lab or technology program with Chromebooks for Education and/or tablets with Google Play for Education.

Something to think about, why not let your students be part of the fun and try their hand at creating the newest image?

The next competition starts September 2015 Learn More

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H&R Block Budget Challenge


We partner with key national nonprofits and economic education organizations to provide scholarships and support.

The H&R Block Budget Challenge is a free online game that simulates real life as an adult: paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes and more. Participants play classroom against classroom and students against students in this learning-by-doing simulation to win $3 million in grants and scholarships.

Awards include:

  • 60 opportunities for classroom grants up to $5K
  • 132 opportunities for student scholarships of $20K
  • Grand prize scholarship of $100K
  • Student incentive during game play

Learn more about the H&R Block Budget Challenge

DECA — Personal Financial Literacy Event 2015

The Personal Financial Literacy Event tests students’ personal finance knowledge and is designed to measure their ability to apply reliable information and systematic decision making to personal financial decisions. DECA members can compete for more than $40,000 in scholarships from H&R Block.

Learn more about the DECA – Personal Financial Literacy Event

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About the Moonbots Competition

The 2015 MOONBOTS Challenge is an international on-line competition that challenges youth from 8 to 17 years old to form a team (2-4 members) to design, create and program their own robots.

The competition is divided into two phases.

Phase One: Teams submit a short video or written story about what inspires them about the Moon. Thirty teams will be selected by a panel experts to move onto the next stage.

Phase Two: Teams will receive a robotics kit of their choice: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3, VEX IQ Superkit or MECCANO Meccanoid G15 KS to create their own robot to rove on a simulated lunar landscape based on the story the team created in Phase One of the competition.

Three Grand PRIZE winners will land a once-in-a-life time trip to Japan to meet with teams from all over the world competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The MOONBOTS teams will learn how these Google Lunar XPRIZE teams are planning to reach the Moon with their innovative robotic technology.

Learn More:

The BIGGER Picture!

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Science & Math Grades K-5

Toshiba America Grant Program for K-5 Science and Math Educators

  • Do you teach in an elementary school classroom?
  • Do you have an innovative idea for improving math or science instruction in your classroom?
  • Is your idea project based learning with measurable outcomes?
  • What do you need to make learning math and science fun for your students?

K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom.

With a Toshiba America Foundation grant, elementary teachers can bring their best new teaching ideas to life.

Grant applications are due on OCTOBER 1st each year.

GetEdFunding Site

Toshiba America Foundation

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Science & Math Grades 6-12

Toshiba America Grant Program for 6-12 Science and Math Educators

Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Science and mathematics teachers in public or private (nonprofit) schools may apply for grants to support classroom science and mathematics education, and increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning.

Grants up to $5,000 are awarded.

Grades 6 through 12 applications are accepted year-round. Requests for grants of more than $5,000 are due August 1 and February 1, annually.

GetEdFunding Site

Toshiba America Foundation

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Lowe's Toolbox for Education

Lowe's will donate up to $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups - at as many as 1,000 different public schools per school year.

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes.

It's almost that easy when you take advantage of Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and we're dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Apply for our Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on your already impressive parent group success with Lowe's.

Now in its 9th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has provided over $35 million to more than 8,000 schools across the country.

Who is eligible for the Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program?
Any individual public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public K-12 school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501c(3) status from the IRS. If your group does not have 501c(3) status, please apply through your school. Pre-schools are not eligible.

The Fall 2015 grant cycle will open in August and close October 16, 2015.


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Fledgling Fund

Film and Creative Media Grants

Fledgling has one open application cycle per year for film and creative media projects. Most of these grants support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries and range from smaller planning grants to implementation grants for projects that have a clear plan ready to launch. A small number of these grants support post-production for timely projects that have strong social change potential.

All of these grants typically range from $5K to $30K. To understand how they think about outreach and audience engagement, please review their Resources.

Their Application will re-open July 1st

GetEdFunding site

The FledglingFund website

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Google Rise Awards

Google RISE Awards are grants designed to promote and support extracurricular Computer Science education initiatives for K12/pre-university students around the world.

Google RISE Awards are grants for organizations across the globe that:

  • Promote Computer Science (CS) education
  • Run initiatives that reach girls, underrepresented minorities, and students facing socio-economic barriers under age 18

GetEdFunding site

RISE Awards WebSite

Programs for Educators and Students

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