Lexington One Educational Foundation awards $20,000+ in Innovation Grants for K-8 Schools for 2023-2024 school year

April 11, 2023

The Lexington One Educational Foundation recently awarded a total of $20,178 in Innovation Grants for K-8 Schools to five schools in Lexington County School District One.

These Innovation Grants, valued at up to $5,000 each, advance existing or future cutting-edge educational efforts at the elementary or middle school level. Each school had to commit to a 10% match in order to apply.

This Educational Foundation investment will positively affect 3,323 students in Lexington District One during the 2023-24 school year, which is when the grant projects will be implemented.

Congratulations to the following Lexington District One schools for their 2023-2024 Lexington One Educational Foundation Innovation Grant award:

  • Beechwood Middle School – $5,000.00 Innovation Grant Award – The “Seeing is Believing” project will bring virtual reality and augmented reality instruction to BMS. This multi-modal way of learning allows students to become more engaged and interact with the academic content teachers are presenting.
  • Carolina Springs Elementary School – $619.24 Innovation Grant Award – The “Teamwork for Morning Work” project will provide STEAM bins for morning activities. Bins will contain task cards that picture a variety of real-world structures and problem simulations that require students to build/create, collaborate, communicate, and critically imagine.
  • Carolina Springs Middle School – $5,000 Innovation Grant Award – The “Let them Play!” project will construct a playground space that is developmentally appropriate for middle school children. Research supports the positive impact of physical activity on brain functioning, problem-solving skills, language development, social skills, and more. This will be the first middle school in Lexington School District One to develop a playground space for young adolescent learners.
  • Midway Elementary School – $4,711.85 Innovation Grant Award – The “Spike LEGO Robotics” project will enhance the school’s STEM education by teaching design, creativity, building, programming, problem-solving, teamwork, communication, and more to the MES students.
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School – $4,711.85 Innovation Grant Award – The “More Than Just a Game” project will use funds to purchase a collection of critical-reasoning games that will compliment all content areas and develop students’ skills in literacy, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.

Foundation Executive Director Julie Anderson Washburn stated, “Each year the Lexington One Educational Foundation Board of Directors encourages innovation in the classroom by offering these grants. Over the past nine years, the Educational Foundation has awarded 41 Innovation Grants worth a total investment of $174,345 in Lexington District One. These Innovation Grants have created some amazing learning experiences at seventeen of our schools, which have positively impacted close to 27,000 students. We are so pleased to support such inventive educational opportunities for our elementary and middle school students. We are also very thankful to individuals and businesses that invest in Lexington District One through charitable gifts to the Educational Foundation.”


About Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation

Established in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Lexington One Educational Foundation is a source of growth and support for Lexington County School District One. Its mission is to support the district’s educational programs and enrich the quality of life in the Lexington community by raising and managing funds. Annually, the Foundation works to build partnerships with individuals, corporations and foundations in order to benefit Lexington One students, teachers, and schools. We plant seeds in our district that bloom into amazing educational opportunities for our students! To learn more about our mission and how to give, visit: Lex1EdFound.org.