Ingleside awarded D-Backs $100,000 school challenge grant

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has announced that Scottsdale Unified School District’s Ingleside Middle School is one of the 22 winning schools in the “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix.

With more than 200 submissions from Arizona schools, the winning grants come from all around the state and will fund projects ranging in need from school improvements to innovative educational programs, according to a press release.

Through the School Challenge program, the D-backs have provided more than 140 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $750,000 since the program launched in 2012.

Winning schools will use the grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a fitness trail to new musical instruments and a preserve greenhouse to a peer mentor character-building program, the release stated.

Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the field at a 2017 D-backs game next April and May at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate more than 400 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff from each school to attend the D-backs’ game in which their school will be honored.

Submissions from teachers and faculty came from 10 counties in the state and 40 cities. All public, private and nonprofit charter schools, grades K-12 were eligible and the winning schools sought to bring in funds to assist in one of four categories: educational programs, innovation and technology, nutrition and fitness and school/campus improvements.

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