WASHINGTON COUNTY - Students at Boonsboro Middle School will have a multimedia program, and Antietam Academy Middle School students will start their own extracurricular chess club with help from grants provided through the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation.
The grants, totaling about $5,000. were distributed Friday. They range from $200 to $944.80.
More than 40 teachers applied for the grants, and nine were awarded, said Dale Bannon, director of system development.
A similar classroom grant program existed about three years ago and was restarted recently. Bannon said the foundation hopes to award about $5,000 in grants in the fall and again in the spring.
Teachers apply for the grants with a specific program or project in mind, and their proposals are judged by an independent panel of volunteers.
"It's a very difficult decision to make," Bannon said. "There are incredible ideas."
During this round, officials received more than $30,000 in requests, and those who were not selected may resubmit those requests during the next round of applications.