Arkansas Community Foundation's Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) is planting seeds of support for growing young minds. Hands-on classroom activities can foster students' curiosity and instill a love of learning, but they can also be costly to execute

Arkansas Community Foundation’s Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) is planting seeds of support for growing young minds. Hands-on classroom activities can foster students’ curiosity and instill a love of learning, but they can also be costly to execute.

“That’s why Phillips County Community Foundation is participating in the SIMS program to provide $500 awards for local middle school science teachers to purchase consumable science materials for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects,” says PCCF Executive Director Crystal Eastman.
Science teachers in grades 5-8 at any public school in Phillips County are eligible. While these grants are competitive, they are specifically designated for Arkansas middle school teachers, and the community foundation’s goal is to support as many local teachers as possible.
PCCF is accepting applications through October 1, 2015.

“Through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, we’ve established a streamlined online application process,” said Eastman.

Go to www.DonorsChoose.org/SIMS to complete an online application and select the science materials you need for your project. If your project is selected, DonorsChoose will ship your materials directly to you at your school. It's that simple.

And the best part is because DonorsChoose is a national organization working to match up donors who want to support education projects and teachers who need help, your project will be visible to thousands of other potential donors who may also choose to chip in to support your project.

A local committee from the Arkansas Community Foundation will review all the proposals submitted by teachers in the Phillips County area and decide which ones to fund. Winners will be notified in November.

For additional information, please contact Eastman at 870-572-2727, ext. 118