Maps CU Community Foundation Awards $6,000 in Grants to Area Educators

The Maps Credit Union’s Community Foundation recently awarded six $1,000 grants to public educators in the Salem area.

The applications described a range of ideas, such as working with Lego robotics, doing yoga, and building a greenhouse. Every proposal involved giving students hands-on-learning experiences.

“The range of ideas was amazing,” said Mitzi Smith, who oversees the foundation that has awarded education grants annually since 2012. “As a credit union started by educators, we want to support innovation that benefits students.”

In addition to going online to apply for the grants, the teachers and administrators used their online networks to campaign for votes. One teacher, David Beatley, sent his students home with fliers explaining how to vote. Another asked a fellow teacher in Bend to help drum up support.

Thousands of their online friends heard, and, based on more than 5,000 online votes, the six educators listed through the link below each won a $1,000 Maps grant.

Click here for the list of educators and more on the contributions, from Maps Credit Union.

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