Great news — SRP Touchdowns for TeachersTM is back for another season! That means for every touchdown the Arizona Cardinals score, SRP will award two lucky teachers each a $500 classroom grant.
SRP is proud to partner with Cardinals Charities on the Touchdowns for Teachers program for the third year. Last season, 98 lucky teachers won big when the Cardinals scored — that’s $49,000 in grants awarded to Valley teachers! You can see a list of all the winners here.
One of those winners was Maggie Witt of Legacy Traditional School in Chandler. Read her story in this ABC15 article .
SRP supports education year-round beyond Touchdowns for Teachers
Tomorrow’s workforce is in school today. That’s why SRP supports our teachers as they innovate today and for the future. In 2020, SRP gave $1.3 million in grants, nonprofit educational donations, workshops, lesson plans and free materials to Arizona schools and teachers.
Preparing tomorrow’s leaders
It’s important to give our educators the support they need in our rapidly changing world. This includes the challenge of teaching the latest in technology and education standards. Arizona’s students can compete in our global economy because of our hardworking teachers.
At SRP we focus our education efforts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This prepares students to enter the workforce to become leaders and innovators in whatever field they choose. This might even include a utility like SRP, as there are many STEM-focused careers here.
STEM and critical thinking skills are required to provide water and power to more than 2 million residents in the Valley. It takes the work of our engineers, analysts, technology experts and more to serve customers with reliable water and power.
SRP grants for teachers
Each year, SRP offers $200,000 in grants to support classroom learning across many subjects. This includes math, science, social studies and more.
In 2021, 28 schools were selected for learning grants for STEM projects. Granted $5,000 to purchase Cubelets kits for its STEAM program, Payson Elementary School will be teaching its kindergartners the basics of coding and robotics.
Western Valley Middle School Robotics won $5,000 to upgrade its robotics club robot. To be able to participate in competitive robotics, the equipment needed an upgrade. Beyond the club benefits, there are 200 students enrolled in the robotics classroom each semester who will be using the new equipment to explore robotics.
Another grant recipient, Vistancia Elementary School, is using $3,385 of their grant money for new molecular modeling sets. Students will investigate how molecules combine and attract each other and learn how to predict the outcomes of combining different properties.
Sanders Middle School will use its $5,000 grant to purchase 3D printers and robotics kits so their sixth, seventh and eighth grade students can enjoy hands-on science experiments. The students will become members of the Chief Science Officers program through SciTech Institute, an SRP education partner.
Social studies grants
In 2021, seven schools were selected to receive SRP Social Science Grants. Campo Bello Elementary School is using its $2,500 grant to fund a community-building project for second graders. Students will focus on planning and creating buildings and bringing them together to form a 3D town from building bricks.
Throughout the year, students will work with historians, government officials and nonprofit agencies. You can see all 2021 learning grant recipients on our website.
Grant applications will be accepted until Feb. 28, 2022. Grant writing tips and instructions on how to apply can be found on our Classroom Connections webpage.
SRP teacher workshops and continuing education
In addition to giving more than $200,000 to classrooms directly, SRP holds more than 25 free teacher workshops throughout the year. Focusing on what we know best – water and power – these (now virtual) classes are held year-round and are FREE.
To help teachers engage and inspire their students in water, renewable energy and power topics, the training workshops include:
- Lesson plans
- Learning stipends
View courses and sign up for notifications when new workshops open up each season.