GAR Foundation announces education grants for classroom-based projects

May 07, 2019

AKRON, Ohio (May 7, 2019) —GAR Foundation announced today $350,000 in funding to 35 teams of educators through its annual Educator Initiative Grant (EIG) program. The EIG program offers grants to teams of K-12 educators in Summit County’s public and private schools who present classroom innovations that will drive student success.

“We saw an influx of requests around social-emotional learning, entrepreneurship, and experiential learning,” said Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation. “We’re thrilled to support a variety of innovative projects throughout Summit County that prepare students for college and career.”

Educators from Manchester High School were awarded funding for The Panther Shop. This program will immerse students with special educational needs in real-world experiences to create and operate a school store. Students will gain transferable science, math, language, and digital skills to become career ready.

Other notable grants include $15,000 to North High School for an urban agriculture project; $10,000 to Immaculate Heart of Mary School for the Superhero Within, a school-wide social-emotional learning initiative; and $5,000 to Lakeview Intermediate School for a project-based learning program that merges Science with English Language Arts.

Summit County educators are encouraged to attend GAR Foundation’s Annual Educator Conference on October 3, 2019. The free conference brings together K-12 educators to uplift innovative strategies for student engagement and success. Information for the conference is available on the GAR website.

The schools receiving support include:

  • Archbishop Hoban High School, $1,670, Art and Math Together: Microprocessor Controlled Cars
  • Barberton Middle School, $8,000, Breathe, Think, Respond
  • Bolich and Roberts Middle Schools, $10,000, Exploring Our World (NOT) Around Us
  • Buchtel CLC, $9,320, Griffin Inspiration Station Sensory Room
  • Chapel Hill Christian School North, $14,970, Coding into Critical Thinking Phase II
  • Cornerstone Community School, $9,930, Field of Dreams
  • Cuyahoga Falls High School, $14,990, Enrolled and Employed ELLs: Access to Career Tech Success for English Learners in Summit County
  • Cuyahoga Falls High School, $9,990, The Renaissance Coalition Phase 2
  • Cuyahoga Falls High School, $9,740, Social Media #1440: Modern Medieval Technology in the Digital Age
  • Cuyahoga Falls High School, $15,000, Tiger Time News: Celebrating and Disseminating Excellence in Northeast Ohio Youth
  • Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, $4,960, Metal in the Marketplace
  • East Woods School, $14,860, Bringing History to Life – Is Conflict Always Bad?
  • Ellsworth Hill Elementary School, $11,440, Full STEAM Ahead: Makers Going Mobile
  • Gordon DeWitt Elementary School, $15,000, Get in the ZONE! A Discovery of Strengths, Science, and Self-Confidence!
  • Hudson High School, $14,660, Creating transformative learning experiences and social connections
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, $10,000, The Superhero Within
  • Jennings CLC, $13,070, Virtual Village Expansion
  • Judith A Resnik CLC, $6,260, Calming, Communicating and Collaborating for Student Success
  • Lakeview Intermediate School, $5,000, ELA + PBL = Success
  • Litchfield CLC, $8,000, Building Growth Mindset Teaching & Learning Environments
  • Manchester High School, $9,890, The Panther Shop
  • North High School, $15,000, Using Urban Agriculture to Connect a Culturally Diverse Community
  • Our Lady of the Elms, $12,230, Once Upon a Robot
  • Our Lady of the Elms, $11,890, ELMS INC
  • Roberts Middle School, $10,000, Digging for Knowledge
  • Schrop Intermediate School, $4,150, Spartans are Programmed to Give Back
  • Seiberling CLC, $12,500, Fostering Positive Self-Efficacy & Self-Regulation in Order to Increase Student Achievement
  • Springfield High School and Junior High, $14,780, SpARtan Ready: Bridging the Gap Between Current Identities and Future Possible Selves
  • Springfield High School and Junior High, $3,360, Making SHS a Better Place
  • Springfield High School and Junior High, $4,740, The Power of Reading a la Francais
  • St Barnabas Elementary School, $13,740, Next Edition
  • St Barnabas Elementary School, $3,890, Live from bRAINSTORMers Weather Center
  • Stow-Munroe Falls High School, $10,000, Engineering with a Conscience (EwC) Project
  • Tallmadge Elementary School, $15,000, Bridging Diversity: Building Cultural Competency, & Creating Experiential Context for Learning
  • Walsh Jesuit High School, $1,970, Bring Back the Monarch II

For more information about the Educator Initiative Grant program, contact Lucille Esposito, EIG program manager, at [email protected] or 330-550-6661.

GAR Foundation

GAR Foundation was established in 1967 by Galen Roush, co-founder and chief executive officer of Roadway Express, and his wife Ruth Roush. GAR Foundation’s mission is to help Akron become smarter, stronger, and more vibrant. Visit for more information.