Grants to Teachers, Opportunities for Students

The Friends of Confluence, a non-profit foundation that provides support to Confluence Charter Schools, awarded more than $75,000 in grants to teachers and staff to impact student experiences. Teachers and staff submitted grant applications in the spring to fund projects and opportunities in 2016-2017. The grant program encourages teachers to think of project ideas that provide an education opportunity not covered within the general school budget; integrate technology into curriculum; promote parent involvement initiatives; foster collaborations; and demonstrate creative approaches to boosting student achievement. In its first year for the Friends of Confluence grant, 39 applications were submitted; 26 were funded. Entries were reviewed based on criteria and a scoring guide; the grants were awarded on a merit basis. Projects and opportunities range from creating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classrooms to bilingual libraries to books for staff professional development and more. Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Friends of Confluence grant recipients (Way to go Michelle Oyola, Matt Naes, and Andrew Goodin!): Check out the announcement on the Confluence website - http://bit.ly/2bMIw4s Matthew L. Frederickson, PhD Head of School Grand Center Arts Academy 711 N Grand Blvd, St Louis, MO 63103 (314) 533-1791