Maize Education Foundation awards nearly $35,000 in teacher grants


On May 5, members of the Maize Education Foundation Board of Directors presented nearly $35,000 in instructional, technology, and enrichment grants to Maize USD 266 teachers to supplement their classroom and school resources.

Complete High School Maize received this year's largest grant: $8,991 to implement a new gaming curriculum. Students will receive instruction in the traditional technological fields of coding, programming, and information technology. But at the heart of the lab will be Esports. In other words, students will play video games online. Their experience will help them qualify for Esports scholarships currently available at local colleges and universities. It will help them prepare students for future careers in the lucrative arena of gaming and computers. The grant will set up an Esports/Technology Lab within the school and create competitive Esports teams. 

Pictured are teacher Mike Russell and Foundation President Darin Augustine

Additional grants will 
 build a classroom library;  purchase resources to meet the sensory needs of students with moderate to severe disabilities; launch a Lego Robotics Club at our Maize Virtual Preparatory School; and  purchase Lego kits to teach students  science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, design and engineering, and art, and more.

The Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 that supports Maize USD 266 schools, teachers, and students through grants.