California High School science teacher Jamie Johnston hopes to improve hands-on learning for multiple levels and classrooms by adding new lab supplies and equipment.
The community can help provide "big science learning opportunities" to local students in physical, Earth, chemistry, physics, biology and anatomy/physiology classes by voting daily throughout the month of March in the Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers project.
The Thank America's Teachers and Farmers Insurance will give away more than $1 million in educational grants to the nation's teachers, supporting proposals and projects that make a difference, according to the website.
Johnston hopes to receive one of the 180 $2,500 classroom grants this year.
Her proposal includes: "devices to connect digital sensors to iPads and Chromebooks, a wave table/simulator, atomic models, and gel electrophoresis equipment. The wave table/simulator will be used to explore mechanical waves created during earthquakes, by water and light. The atomic models will be used to help students visualize placement of electrons in the atom. The gel electrophoresis equipment will be used to demonstrate real world techniques used to separate and identify substances."
"Thank you, Mrs. Johnston, for always going the extra mile to make student learning engaging and fun," Henley posted to the website. "You have a special way of making kids learn while enjoying your class. You do not shy away from special projects that are, at times, complicated and costly when you know that they will benefit your class. Thanks again for being one of those teachers that everyone respects!"
The program also awards five $100,000 educational grants, which California schools may apply for next year on behalf of the elementary school, said Janet Henley, high school librarian and district technology team leader.
California schools have benefited from similar daily-voting grant programs in the past, such as the 2014 Celebrate My Drive campaign, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, that brought $25,000 to the school for a safe-driving in-school campaign, as well as upgrades to school technology.
Below are the steps to vote in the Thank America's Teachers project:
Voting can be done by any e-mail address once a day. There is no age limit, so students may vote, too.
A daily reminder to vote is available by sending an email request to email@example.com.
On the web: farmers.com/thank-americas-teachers/vote-for-a-teacher/vote-for-a-proposal-form