$84,243 Awarded to 65 Teachers in Lawton Public Schools
For immediate release: Lawton, OK – February 1, 2016
The Lawton Public School Foundation (LPSF) just awarded $84,243 in grants to Lawton Public Schools (LPS) teachers to enhance learning opportunities in their classrooms. The grants were awarded to 65 teachers throughout the district who applied last fall. All LPS teachers are encouraged to apply each year for grants from the foundation, and to date more than $384,000 has been awarded to teachers.
“LPS is full of wonderful teachers who know what their students need and have creative ideas on how to better reach them, but unfortunately the funds aren’t always there to implement everything,” explains LPSF President Brad Cooksey. “By partnering with the community and raising funds, we’re able to make a difference for the teachers and students in our district.”
The foundation was founded in 1991 in order to provide grants to teachers to compensate for budget cuts in the school system. Most of the funds come from businesses and families throughout the community who have joined the foundation as Pillars.
Cooksey explains, “Everything we do is made possible because of the Pillars who support our Grants to Teachers program. We currently have 34 businesses, 59 families, and 25 current or former LPS employees who contribute annually to the program, and we couldn’t impact the schools like we do without their support.”
In addition to the funds from the Pillars, the foundation also raises money at their annual fundraising breakfast at Golden Corral. The popular event takes place one morning each September, and for many LPS employees and other people in the community, it’s a tradition to attend.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Lawton Public School Foundation or would like to get involved, you can visit LawtonPSF.org. There you can learn about all the grants that were just awarded, become a Pillar of the foundation, or make a donation in honor of a current or former LPS teacher.