Ann Arbor Educational Foundation surprises teachers with grants


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By Lindsay Knake |

From making kindergarten readiness backpacks to teaching young fives and kindergartners how to paint, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is helping teachers fund projects in their classrooms.

This week, Linh Song and Jinny Potter from the foundation are visiting several schools across Ann Arbor to award the grants.

The foundation is giving out a total of $17,000 for nine projects this year.

Song said the grant committee focused on Title I schools, which are those with a high percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches, and projects that teachers could grow and replicate at other schools.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Song and Potter gave grants to Leslie Binder and Marie Lemmer at Allen Elementary School, who got $2,096.54 for kindergarten backpacks, and to Bryant Elementary art teacher Jennifer Maerz Sullivan, who got $647.57 for painting in her kindergarten humanities class.

“All they want to do is paint,” Sullivan said with a smile. “The young fives use so much paint. It gets messy.”

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