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PPIE donates another $52,000 for Pleasanton school programs, clubs

Grants will fund science programs, gardens, art education

Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation announced it will donate another $52,000 to Pleasanton's school district, on top of about $570,000 it donated for next school year.

The fundraising foundation donated an additional $52,649 for school grants for student-focused projects, school clubs, to pay for school academic teams to attend state and national competitions and math-and-science programs such as Project Lead the Way.

"Increased use of technology in the classroom has inspired a wealth of ideas and projects from students of all ages and their teachers," PPIE executive director Susan Hayes said in a release. "A program like this allows us to support their expanding world in direct alignment with our mission to enhance education for all students of the Pleasanton Unified School District."

PPIE had previously announced it would donate $570,000 as its annual Giving Fund for the 2016-17 school year for a handful of salaries of employees facing layoffs and for technology expenses.

PPIE awarded $46,274 to Pleasanton school programs in one-time grants to support projects that are student-focused, promote creativity and innovation and offer expanded learning opportunities, Hayes said in a release.

The foundation also gave out $4,375 in student grants for clubs, student-led programs and after-school programs.

Several student academic clubs and programs received part of the foundation's Competition Team Grants that covers travel expenses for state and national competitions. A total of $2,000 was awarded, the foundation stated.

Students and teachers submit proposals to PPIE for annual grants, with up to $500 per project awarded for student grants and up to $3,000 for educational program grants. Hayes said school names are removed from proposals before they are evaluated for funding.

Recipients of the Innovative Student Grant Awards included Amador Valley's astronomy club, Pleasanton Middle's photography club, Foothill's Model United Nations Mock Conference team and Hart Middle's Game Creation Club.

Recipients of the Innovative Education Grant Awards included Vintage Hills Elementary to create a mobile science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lab, Lydiksen Elementary's Project Lead the Way, the district's clothing donation closet named The Hangar, Lydiksen Elementary to purchase coding fundamentals teaching tools "Dash and Dot," an art program at Hart Middle and Mohr Elementary's garden.

Amador Valley and Foothill high schools each received $1,000 in Competition Team Grants.

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