DETROIT, Jan. 27, 2014 /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 83 schools across the state have received traditional grants and book grants totaling $56,946.
"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 constantly seek out new, creative ways to not only teach but inspire their students. Our desire is to help eliminate any financial concerns that stand in the way of those dreams and ideas."
The grant process is simple. Educators simply need to visit the Foundation website and complete the easy online grant application, outlining their request. Grant applications are evaluated based on an assortment 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.
All of the grants given out this season will be used to fund various educational programs throughout the state with a focus on enriching the daily lives of students.
Donley Elementary in East Lansing received $2,225 to enrich classroom learning and engage students at a higher level with the purchase of a SmartBoard interactive whiteboard. Lee M. Thurston Sr. High School in Redford received a grant for $1,641 to build the success and enjoyment of mathematics for students with cognitive impairment through the use of special programs like Math Mystery Theater, Sports Math and Math puzzles. Park Elementary in Hudsonville received an $1,800 grant to create an Autism Resource Library, with a collection of technology, development tools and sensory materials, that will be used to support the special needs of autistic students.
According to a recent study conducted by Perry Research Professionals for the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), teachers reported spending, on average, about $149 of their own money on school supplies, $198 on instructional materials, and $138 on other classroom materials for a total of $485 in the 2012-2013 school year.
The Meemic Foundation offers several grant opportunities throughout the year. 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.
About The Meemic Foundation
The Meemic Foundation for the Future of Education http://www.MeemicFoundation.com 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 Meemic Foundation