School Reopening Grants

Durham Public Schools Foundation
Shares School Reopening Grant Impacts

Duke supports public education by partnering with Durham Public Schools Foundation. A contribution to the Foundation’s School Reopening Grants program yielded wonderful results in our community for teachers, parents and students. Read about some of the reopening grant successes to address emerging school needs during the pandemic. To learn more about DPS Foundation’s School Reopening Grants visit and see examples of how it helped some schools below.

Since March, 2021, $300,000 has gone to 39 schools for urgent needs related to returning to the classroom. These grants covered expenses like:

  • Picnic tables, benches, umbrellas, rolling whiteboards, and plants to increase outdoor learning opportunities,
  • Personal protective equipment, air purifiers, and safe indoor seating to support safety in the classroom,
  • Wireless headsets, microphones, and document cameras to support teachers delivering hybrid learning (online and in the classroom),
  • Snack carts, relaxation areas, and other wellness opportunities to support students and teachers during this challenging time

Burton Elementary

This grant supported Snack Cart Mondays, Lunch Box Fridays, and outdoor relaxation space for staff.

Little River K-8

This grant supported wireless microphones to project teachers’ voices and air purifiers for each classroom.

Fayetteville Street Elementary

With grant funding, the school was able to purchase outdoor seating equipment and outdoor classroom kits including picnic tables, benches, dry erase boards, markers, and portable whiteboards. Volunteers from the Creekside Cares Community Service Organization assisted with table assembly.

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