California Table Grape Growers Provide Grants to Educators

Thousands of students have the opportunity to participate in innovative educational projects, thanks to a long-standing program funded by the California Table Grape Commission (commission) on behalf of California table grape growers.

The “Innovation in Teaching” grant program was created in 1993 to support innovative teaching projects in the California table grape growing regions of the San Joaquin and Coachella valleys. Projects include the areas of agriculture, math, science, art, health, and technology.

In total, 52 education grants worth up to $750 each were awarded. The funded projects will be implemented in the current academic year and will reach over 9,000 students, grades K through 12.

“The education grant program is one of the ways table grape growers in California collectively give back to communities in which they live and work,” said Kathleen Nave, commission president.

Examples of projects being funded this year include using robotic kits to learn about laws of physics, math and engineering; using a sensor-laden glove to help biomechanics and bioengineering students learn how the hand moves; and integrating tablet technology into performing arts classes.

A list of all the projects is attached.

About the California Table Grape Commission

The California Table Grape Commission was created by the California legislature in 1967 to create worldwide demand for fresh California grapes through a variety of research and promotional programs.

For more information on the “Innovation in Teaching” grant program, go to www.grapesfromcalifornia.com/community-outreach/.

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