Seven schools in the Norman district were awarded grant funding from Cox Communications through the telecommunications company’s Innovation in Education program.

About one third of the $98,000 given to districts across Oklahoma will go to Norman schools. The money will be used to fund various school programs that take students beyond textbooks and encourage them through hands-on and extracurricular activities.

“Together, we are helping students prepare for their future by funding critical classroom programs and curriculum. Through Cox Charities, our employees are thrilled to be able to support these innovative learning opportunities that engage and excite students,” Kristin Peck, vice president of public affairs, said. “Our partnership with the schools across the state continues to grow, and we’re proud to be a strong part of that community.”

Employees contribute to the grants through Cox Charities, which teachers can then apply for. Each school is eligible for up to $10,000.

Grants are awarded for programs that “encourage and promote students’ academic success and enhance the educational experience,” according to Cox. Grants will apply for the 2019-20 academic year.

“We appreciate the grant funding we have received from Cox, “ Dr. Nick Migliorino, superintendent of Norman Public Schools, said. “While we are fortunate to be in a position to provide the supplies teachers need in the classroom, these funds allow us to go above and beyond in service to our students.”

Dimensions Academy received $10,000 that will be used for art supplies, musical instruments, STEM education materials, food and cooking supplies for home economics subjects, theatre supplies, and books.

Norman North was granted $5,000 for classroom library books in its For the Love of Reading program, while Longfellow Middle School received $2,245 for an art project in which students will design, carve and then use their own stamps.

Kennedy Elementary School received $1,780 to support curriculum for its preschool program for developmentally delayed students. Truman Elementary School received $2,585 for Innovating Agvocates, an agricultural education program that ties into the core curriculum.

Alcott Middle School also received funding for its Clay for Kids program.