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Teachers are winning classroom funds

Great news: SRP Touchdowns for Teachers is back for another season! This means that, for every touchdown the Arizona Cardinals score during the regular season, 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 again this year. You can see a list of past winners here

Supporting education year-round

Tomorrow’s workforce is in school today. That’s why SRP supports our teachers as they innovate today and for the future. Each year, SRP gives more than $1.4 million in grants, nonprofit educational donations, workshops, lesson plans and free materials to Arizona schools and teachers. 

Preparing tomorrow’s leaders

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. 

Grants for teachers

Each year, SRP offers $200,000 in grants to support classroom learning across many subjects, including math, science, social studies and more.

Learning grants

SRP’s learning grants allow schools to develop projects geared toward state-mandated competencies. Up to $5,000 is awarded per school to support innovative teaching strategies that improve student performance in math and science.  

Here’s how some of our past learning grant recipients used the grant to support their initiatives:  

Granted $5,000 to purchase Cubelets kits for its STEAM program, Payson Elementary School was able to teach its kindergartners the basics of coding and robotics. 

Western Valley Middle School 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 class each semester who will be using the new equipment to explore robotics. 

Another grant recipient, Vistancia Elementary School, used $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 used 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 became members of the Chief Science Officers program through SciTech Institute, an SRP education partner. 

History and social science grants

History and social science grants are given to schools to teach skills in the interrelated disciplines of history, geography, civics, government and economics. Up to $2,500 is awarded per school. 

An example of how this grant can be used is one of our past recipients, Campo Bello Elementary School. They used their $2,500 grant to fund a community-building project for second graders. Students focused 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.  

Workshops and professional development

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 to learn about water, renewable energy and power, the training workshops include: 

  • Lesson plans 
  • Activities 
  • Materials 
  • Learning stipends 

View courses and sign up for notifications when new workshops open up each season.

Writing your first grant?

View our judging criteria and examples from past winners for ideas and motivation. And don’t forget to take a few shorts minutes to apply online for a chance to win $500!

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