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Procession distributes $35,000 in grants to Springfield schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Several Springfield teachers and classes are getting an unexpected financial boost after The Springfield Education Foundation gave out nearly $35,000 in grants Monday.

The Springfield Education Foundation raised enough contributions to impact close to 2,800 students.

Between 8:45 a.m. and around 2:30 p.m. a procession visited 14 different schools in Springfield to give away the grants. The tour group even included a marching band. Students' faces lit up as they saw the parade make its way through the halls. Those smiles continued to grow once they learned what each grant was for.

"I was really hopeful. I think the kids are really deserving of experiences and will really enrich their understanding," said Angela Brewer, social studies teacher.

Brewer received $250. She said she will use the grant to take her students on a field trip where they can tour the "Exploring Asia" exhibit at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

The grants range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.

According to the Springfield Education Foundation, during the last five years, they've been able to give away up to $750,000. For music teacher Karen Bodeen, the grants make a difference.

"Because it gets more kids involved, it gets them more excited. Their technique and musicianship will just totally goes to the next level when they have this type of opportunity," she said.

Students seem to agree.

"Now we get to learn more about how to be a better musician and continue with playing," said Darlene Villareal, orchestra student.

The Springfield Education Foundation said they may be able to add a few more grants this year and will discuss the possibilities in a meeting Tuesday.

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