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Lend a Hand to Education...

Teacher Mini-Grants help Petaluma students

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Rotary’s Lend a Hand to Education program demonstrates that a community working together can make a difference in children’s education.

The Lend a Hand to Education program was initiated during Rotary’s 2003-2004 year.
We surveyed the needs of youth and education in our community, and found that school budgets were so tight that teachers often dig into their own pockets to provide classroom materials for students. These needs are even more critical today.

The program's primary and only purpose is to raise funds for Petaluma school teacher mini-grants of up to $250 each. Over the past sixteen years, Rotary's Lend a Hand to Education has awarded nearly $256,400 in grants to Petaluma teachers, grades K-12.

A total of nearly $28,000 was donated for the 2019-20 school year, funding 190 grants in 26 schools. No administrative fees are deducted ... 100% goes to the classrooms.

Teacher applications are reviewed in September/October of each school year for Lend a Hand to Education grants. Funded projects include field trips, science lab equipment, biotechnology supplies,  engineering materials, math applications, innovative reading and writing tools, machine shop accessories, binoculars, health care screening kits, art supplies, musical instruments, dance programs, special education books, world globes and maps, hardware and software, etc.

In order to fund the maximum number of grant requests, Rotary seeks corporate and community donations … and we see an outpouring of support from local residents, businesses and Rotarians wishing to help the schools fund these unique educational projects.

We appreciate the cooperative efforts of the Rotary Clubs of Petaluma Sunrise and Petaluma Valley to support the education of our youth.

Please join us in making a difference by supporting Lend of Hand to Education in Petaluma.

All donations to the Lend a Hand to Education component fund of Petaluma Valley Rotary Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, Tax ID# 68-0222925, are tax deductible.

To Help Fund A Grant

Click here to go to Teacher Cover Letter Page
Click here to go to Grant Request Form Page


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