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Touchstone Energy Classroom Grants

School districts in the Great Lakes Energy service area that educate children of GLE members can receive a grant of up to $2,000 to fund innovative programs, particularly those involving technology or equipment that enrich students’ education. Preference will be given to projects that involve technology, equipment or materials that can be used more than once and are innovative. The project does not have to involve the study of electricity.

Teachers and administrators of public or private K-12 schools may apply. Multiple projects within the same school district can be combined to a total of $2,000 per year. We reserve the right to take photos of the winners and they may be printed in Michigan Country Lines, our member magazine, and/or appear on our website or in other electronic media.

An impartial panel of judges will review the grant applications. Preference will be given to projects and programs involving use of technology or tangible equipment that enhance learning and are not currently being funded through the school’s budget.

How to apply
The grant application process is now CLOSED for the 2018-2019 school year. Applications will open in September 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. For additional information about the grant program, please contact Linda Kotzian at lkotzian@glenergy.com, or 888-485-2537, ext. 8174.

Grants awarded for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Allendale Christian School, $1,000 to help fund iPads for music class
  • Cadillac High School, $2,000 for Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science Essentials
  • Charlevoix Middle School, $1,950 for data gathering and analysis project in science and math classrooms
  • Covenant Christian School, Ludington, $1,379 for document camera and projector for student presentations and instruction
  • East Jordan Middle/High School, $900 to help fund video equipment to enhance video production class
  • Ellsworth Community School, $1,949.99 for Spheros Robot material for STEM class 
  • Grant High School, $2,000  for high school engineering and career readiness training initiative
  • Inland Lakes Elementary, $1,406.04 for STEAM supplies (i.e., Legos, Spheros, Osmo kits)
  • Mason County Central School, Scottville, $2,000 for Tower Gardens to grow indoors using aeroponic technology
  • McBain Middle School, $2,000 for Wonder Workshop Dash Robots
  • Newaygo Public Schools, $2,000 for Rural Robotics and Coding with Misty II
  • Petoskey High School, $2,000 for Project Impac to improve transition services for students
  • St. Mary School, Big Rapids, $1,000 to help fund iPads for STREAM programs
  • Thornapple Kellogg High School, Middleville, $750.48 for classroom podcast studio
  • Tri-County High School, Howard City, $2,000 for water quality testing project
  • Vanderbilt Area School, $1,682.60 for place-based forestry project materials to promote sustainability and community involvement
  • Walkerville Public Schools, $2,000 for sturdy headphones and Chromebooks/iPads
  • Wayland High School, $792.09 for Sun Sprint Solar Car kit
  • White Cloud Elementary, $941.24 for light table with manipulatives to explore letters, shapes and colors
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