DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - This week is Dothan's Public Education Week.
The Dothan Education Foundation spent Wednesday highlighting programs and activities happening within the school system.
Once a year they offer education grants to fund either school s or teachers and their projects that are outside the normal scope of normal funding.
The goal is to help inspire innovative learning and teaching.
Grants were awarded to 18 Dothan City Schools, totaling $50,082.87.
Wednesday morning, visits were made to 4 classes at different schools to see how projects are going so far.
At Beverlye Magnet School, funding was provided for their "Outdoor Living Lab".
Kelly Duncan, Beverlye Magnet School, 6-8 Elective Teacher
"The children have completely redesigned the couryard and they have planted fruit trees that they will later on pick and actually eat and prepare.."
Next door at Hidden Lakes Elementary, 3rd grade teacher Robin Coachman was awarded a $750 grant for "Empowering Math through STEAM".
"They are learning to love it, that's what we want them to do.. learning how to just go at new problems and not worry about the problem being too hard.. and just taking it on and doing their best." says Coachman.
Wednesdays visits are just a small showing of the impact of the communities resources and dedication to innovative learning.
A total of 5,870 students will be impacted by the 2018-2019 education grants.