WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Nine county schools received 10 grants totaling more than $5,000 from the Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation minigrant program.
The grants, handed out in the fall and the spring, are designed to fund exceptional or unique ideas that improve education and encourage learning, said Tara Horst, president of the foundation's board.
"We want to reward exceptional ideas that teachers have," Horst said.
The foundation received 66 applications for grants totaling more than $47,000.
Applicants were selected to receive grants based on their applications and a committee review to determine how the money would be used, Horst said.
"Teachers' ideas vary from year to year," she said.
The grants were delivered to the schools on Friday.
The schools that received grants were:
n Western Heights Middle School received $279 to launch Operation Gotcha, a program geared toward introducing students to videography with flip cameras. The school also received $1,000 to purchase a Global Positioning System to use as a learning tool.