LEAVENWORTH — The sounds of drums could be heard Tuesday through the halls of Leavenworth schools.
Drummers from Warren Middle School were accompanying members of the Pioneer Pride Patrol as the group awarded grants to teachers.
The Pioneer Pride Patrol is an annual program of the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation. The foundation uses the Pioneer Pride Patrol to award innovative teacher grants.
This year, the foundation awarded 37 of the grants to employees of the school district. The foundation had received a total of 53 grant proposals.
“This is my favorite day of the year because we give away tons of money,” Catey Edwards, foundation director, said Tuesday.
She was speaking to students who had assembled in the gym of Earl Lawson Elementary School, one of the stops on Tuesday’s tour of the Pioneer Pride Patrol.
Edwards and representatives of the foundation as well as officials of the school district assembled on a school bus Tuesday morning to act as the Pioneer Pride Patrol. The group traveled to all of the district’s schools to surprise teachers who had been awarded grants.
The winning teachers were presented with oversized checks and flower pinwheels.
“Your teachers are going to do some great things in your classroom,” Edwards told the students at Lawson.
The grants awarded at Lawson included $502 to support a weekly newscast that will be created by fifth-graders for the entire school.
Grants awarded Tuesday at other schools included $514 to support the first production of a theater department at Warren Middle School and $1,113 for astrophotography camera equipment at Leavenworth High School.
Edwards said some of the grants awarded Tuesday were for programs that have received funding from the foundation in the past. But others were for new programs in the district.
Members of the Pioneer Pride Patrol awarded a total of $56,807 in innovative teacher grants. They also presented two additional grants for a music program and community art show totaling $4,408. And they presented a $1,000 annual memorial grant to support reading programs at Anthony Elementary School.