$3.5 million from CharitaBulls
To fund an after-school program called Bulls Scholars, $3.5 million over three years to the Children First Fund, the foundation of the Chicago Public Schools. The grant will pay for teacher’s salaries, materials, and five computers per middle school. CharitaBulls is the philanthropic arm of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.
$3 million from Cinergy Foundation
For a program called Building Assets and Support for Innovative Communities & Schools (BASICS), $3 million to 20 districts in Cinergy’s service area in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and Indiana. The grants will fund the planning and implementation of innovative school reform, including the use of technology to prepare students for tomorrow’s economy. Fairfield City School District of Ohio received the first award and is a pilot for the program.
$1.5 million from AT&T/Annenberg Foundation
For the South Florida Annenberg Challenge’s educational technology initiative, $1.5 million to South Florida public schools. AT&T contributed $500,000 to the initiative, and the Annenberg Foundation matched the donation 2 to 1. The Annenberg Foundation has put up $33 million for the program, but participating school systems in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties and the city of Miami must raise the remainder through public and private contributions by Jan. 2000 or risk losing the funds.
$1.2 million from BellSouth Foundation
To support comprehensive K-12 education reform, $1.2 million to 16 educational institutions in the southeastern U.S. Virtually all of the grants reflect a focus on quality teachers, and most include the integration of technology into teaching and learning. Awards included $25,000 to Pinellas Education Foundation in Florida to support a teacher technology training program in two schools, and $25,000 to Wilmington Children’s Museum in North Carolina to create a computer center for community and school use.
$40,000 from Assisi Foundation
To equip the school’s new science and technology laboratory, $40,000 to Sacred Heart School in Memphis, Tenn. The grant will provide computers and manipulatives–equipment that provides students with hands-on learning experiences–to enhance science and technology classes for grades K-8. The Assisi Foundation is a private grant-making foundation that awards grants quarterly in the Mid-South for education, health care, the arts, and community needs.