The Van Buren Education Foundation’s Pointer Patrol was out across the district on Wednesday, March 13, surprising teachers by giving out over $20,000 in grant funds for 15 different grant requests submitted by teachers in the Van Buren School District.

This spring’s awards brings the total amount of funds donated back into the classrooms to just over $990,000.

“This semester we will award one more ‘mega grant’ that will tip us over the million dollar mark,” said Debbie Thomas, who is the executive director of the foundation.

Thomas said on May 20th the foundation will announce which school and grant request the foundation will honor.

“We are so thankful to our many donors for making this happen,” said Thomas. “Individuals and businesses in the area have contributed a lot of money to make these requests a reality. This is a celebration for everyone and speaks volumes to the commitment our community has to education by placing $1 million into the Van Buren School District.”

Fifteen grants from six schools were funded by the foundation.

Van Buren High School received three checks totaling $7,203.00; Central Elementary School six for $6,298.43; City Heights Elementary School one for $3,000.00; Rena Elementary School two for $1,050.00; and Parkview Elementary School one for $425.03.