DANBURY — The Danbury ISD Education Foundation awarded a total of $47,688.16 in grants Wednesday morning between the elementary, middle and high schools.

Accompanied by the marching band’s drumline and members of the Education Foundation, a Prize Patrol parade walked the hallways and fields of the school grounds, surprising teachers whose grants were awarded.

Of 20 applicants, 13 grants were approved, which will help aid in technology materials like Chromebooks, LEGO robotics, body systems and welding equipment.

Science teacher Patricia Lausch, who received $3,436 for Body Systems for all Ages, said the materials will help her anatomy students “actually visualize things.” Lausch, a first-time applicant, will receive a new skeleton for her classroom as well as an overlaying muscular structure that students will be able to interact with.

“This is the fifth year we’ve been doing this,” foundation member Celia Lewis said. “It’s been nice to see the funds grow. We’re small, but with just a little bit of money, we can make a big impact,”

Third-year band teacher Charles Fricker was awarded $3,500 for Smart Music Makes Smart Musicians, a tech-based online subscription he says will help his students with more personal instruction in a smaller school. Fricker joked the students like the program because it “makes them think they’re playing a video game.”

The education foundation presented $4,947.40 in grants in 2015, according to its website. In all, $137,848.63 in grants have been awarded over the last five years to bring new materials to Danbury ISD classrooms.

Courtney Blackann is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0152.

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