MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Schools in Monmouth and Independence have received nearly $7,200 in grants to boost classroom activities in 2009-10.
The awards were recently distributed as part of the Monmouth-Independence Community Foundation's Classroom Enrichment Program, which finances school projects when no district funds are available.
The foundation received 22 requests for grants -- each between $125 and $500 -- and were able to fund all but two of them, said Scott McArthur, spokesman for the foundation.
Some of the initiatives to receive money include:
* The purchase of sports, science and fantasy books and graphic novels at Ash Creek Elementary School as a way to increase reading among young boys.
* Hands-on activities and materials at Monmouth Elementary School related to insect metamorphosis.
* Wood carving tools for art students at Central High School to allow for exploration of sculpture and carving techniques.
More than $50,600 has been awarded since the enrichment program began a decade ago, McArthur said.
For more information on donating to local youth programs, contact the M-I Community Foundation at 503-838-0251 or write to P.O. Box 368, Monmouth, OR 97361.