FRESNO – Three local school projects were among dozens to be awarded grants through the California Table Grape Commission.
The Innovation in Teaching grant program was created in 1993 to support innovative teaching projects in the California table grape growing regions of the San Joaquin and Coachella valleys. Projects include the areas of agriculture, math, science, art, health, and technology.
In total, 51 education grants worth up to $750 each are being awarded.
The local projects include:
Selma Unified School District: George Washington Elementary School
- Building Language Through Science: Kindergarten students will learn about science and animals, writing about what they learn, as grant funds make possible a field trip to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and a follow-up ZooMobile presentation to get up-close and personal with different animals.
- Teachers: Monica Tovar, Laura Zuniga, Rosa Flores and Eleanor Salazar.
Kingsburg Elementary School District: Central Valley Home School
- Lepidoptera Life Cycle and Metamorphosis: Grant funds will be used to purchase caterpillars to enhance the science curriculum of the kindergarten through eighth grade students as they learn about life-cycles and metamorphosis.
- Teacher: Gini Muradian
Kingsburg Joint Union High School District: Kingsburg High School
- Mobile App Development: Ninth through twelfth grade students will use grant fund purchased tablets to test their apps as they collaborate with peers and professionals to research, develop, and present their very own mobile apps.
- Teacher: Joshua Woods
The funded projects will be implemented in the current academic year and will reach over 9,000 students. There were a total of 29 grants were awarded to educators in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties.
“California grape growers are proud to support this education grant program that benefits students in schools all over the table grape growing regions of the state,” commission President Kathleen
Some of the projects include mannequins that will help teach students how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), learning geometry through quilting, and the creation of mobile applications.
The California Table Grape Commission was created by the California legislature in 1967 to create worldwide demand for fresh California grapes through a variety of research and promotional programs.
For more information on the “Innovation in Teaching” grant program, go to