The Jordan Fundamentals grant program, which helps teachers purchase resource materials, supplies, software, equipment, and other items for their classrooms, has awarded $6 million in education grants during the five years it has been in existence. Its purpose is to benefit, recognize, and reward teachers working in grades 1-12 in underprivileged schools who strive beyond challenges and limited resources to achieve excellence through instructional creativity, innovative teaching, and high learning expectation for students. Awards of $2,500 each will be given to 400 recipients: 200 to teachers of students in grades 1-6 and 200 to teachers of students in grades 7-12. Grant funds must be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, or other costs related to field trips, software, and other items required to implement and assess the proposed lesson or thematic unit. Funds may not be used to supplant expenditures that are the normal responsibility of the school district (like salaries, for example).

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