Foundation grants help teachers fund educational experiences for students

      EUGENE, Ore. - The Bethel Education Foundation awarded $20,000 in grants to 22 teachers on Thursday.

      Darlene Rhoden received two grants of $1,200 each.

      Rhoden, who teaches drama classes, said grants like these really make a difference in keeping art alive in the curriculum.

      She plans to use one of the grants to help fund the school production of "The Miracle Worker."

      "We're been doing it on our own with some help from the PTO for some years now, but it's very tight and we're prohibited in what plays we can do," Rhoden said. "We have to find plays that are affordable so this will really help us a lot and give us some seed money."

      Rhoden is using the other grant to help pay for a school trip to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival.

      Students are required to read certain classics as part of the curriculum, and the trip will take reading shakespeare to another level.

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