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A dogged dedication to innovative learning
By Lisa DiMartino / April 5, 2017
Lincoln Central Elementary School third-grade teacher Jeff Drolet is using a $994 grant from our Spark Grants program to teach students a lesson about the power of teamwork. Drolet’s “I-Kid-Arod” initiative uses dogsled races to capture his students’ imagination.

Spark Grants promote reading and classroom innovation
By Chris Barnett / January 17, 2017
Launched by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter in 2013, the program offered school-wide reading grants of up to $10,000 for the first time this year. Elementary schools in seven communities will receive grants for proposals that will inspire a life-long love of reading in students.

Grants spark classroom innovation
By / December 23, 2015
Our Spark Grants program is based on a simple premise: students learn best when given real-life opportunities to engage in academic content in meaningful, non-traditional ways

Sparking innovation in urban classrooms
By / December 18, 2014
Philanthropists Letitia and John Carter conceived and funded Spark Grants to engage students and stimulate their interest in academics

Foundation awards grants to 80 Providence teachers for classroom innovation
By Lauren Paola / December 19, 2013
80 Providence teachers will share $75,000 in grants thanks to the generosity of two local philanthropists through a pilot program designed to encourage innovation in Providence schools.

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