MAD Grants Deadline Nears For Highline School District Educators

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Educators in the Highline School District have only a few weeks left to apply for this year’s MAD Grants program – the deadline in Nov. 4th.

For ten years MAD Grants has funded a broad range of projects, including: materials to build marimbas at Des Moines Elementary; a field trip to the Ginkgo Petrified Forest for Chinook Junior High School students; RC airplane supplies at Aviation High School; and publishing support for Camp Waskowitz stories by Bow Lake students.

Last year, more than 725 students in the Highline School District benefited from MAD Grants of $50 – $1,000. The program is designed to fund creative ideas that don’t fall under traditional funding umbrellas.

Application materials are streamlined to help busy educators apply. Details can be found at

The deadline this year is November 4, 2011.

About MAD Grants
MAD Grants provides grants from around $50 – $1,000 for projects in Highline School District 401 (Washington) and Portland Public Schools (Oregon). Chris Blumenthal and Nanci Tangeman started the program in their childhood school districts in 2001. To date, more than 170 grants have been made in the areas of Science, the Arts, Physical Education, ELL, Environmental Studies, Social Studies and Math.

This year, applications will be accepted through November 4, 2011. Grant money will be available in January 2012. Although ideas can come from many places — teachers, students, community members — applications must be made by educators in the two school districts.

Details (including full descriptions of previous years’ winning projects) and applications are available at MAD Grants can be reached via email at [email protected].

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