DETROIT, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Meemic Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Michigan-based Meemic Insurance Company, has been offering financial assistance in the form of grants to schools and educators since 1992. During that time, the Foundation has touched more than 1.5 million students through its financial support of education initiatives. Today, the Meemic Foundation announced that 18 schools across the state have received grants for the Fall 2012 funding period.
Grant applications are evaluated based on a variety of criteria that are provided on The Meemic Foundation website. The Foundation looks to fund innovative programs, events or projects that will significantly enhance students' classroom experiences.
"The goal of Meemic Foundation grants is to provide the resources necessary for teachers to create a dynamic learning environment for students," said Pamela Harlin, Director of The Meemic Foundation. "Exceptional educators are always looking for new and creative ways to inspire their students. We want to make sure that financial concerns don't stand in the way of those ideas."
Grants from The Meemic Foundation will be used for a wide variety of purposes. Hope College in Holland, Michigan received $2,300 to support after-school achievement programs that build academic and social competence in at-risk elementary school children. Edwardsburg Middle School received $1,461 to help students design, construct and launch water rockets. West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan is using their $2,433 to offer students the opportunity for night-time astronomical observations with telescopes.
According to a recent study conducted by Perry Research Professionals for the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), public school teachers in the United States spend more than $1.33 billion out-of-pocket on school supplies and instructional materials. Individual teachers spend an average of $356 of their own money on supplies and resources, including an average of $170 on supplies and $186 on instructional materials.
The Meemic Foundation offers several grant opportunities throughout the year. Currently, the Foundation is accepting book grant applications. To submit an application, educators can simply visit www.MeemicFoundation.com and complete an online form outlining their request. Applications are reviewed using a variety of criteria that are described on the website. All entries must be submitted by September 30, 2012.
About The Meemic Foundation
The Meemic Foundation http://www.MeemicFoundation.com for the Future of Education was created by Meemic Insurance Company in 1992. As a non-profit organization, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to schools and educators. Over the years we have had the pleasure of providing funding to some of the most creative and passionate teachers in the world. Their stories inspire us to continue funding projects that affect a large number of students and support the educational communities that we proudly serve.
SOURCE The Meemic Foundation