Luther Branson Elementary School photo from left: Jessica Smith, Jane Alexander, Gaye Broyles, Rodney Francis, Ellen See, Pam Confer and Edith Mitchell
Luther Branson Elementary School photo from left: Jessica Smith, Jane Alexander, Gaye Broyles, Rodney Francis, Ellen See, Pam Confer and Edith Mitchell
Nissan and BankPlus teamed up last week to award over $90,000 in educational mini-grants to Canton Public Schools and the Madison County School District.

There were 32 grants totaling $90,281 awarded that will go towards teachers’ educational projects. That brings the total both companies have given through this program to over $650,000 over the last nine years.

“Nissan supports education initiatives across the nation and here in Mississippi because we understand the value of a quality education for each of our children and what that means for our future, said Steve Marsh, vice president of Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. “We also appreciate BankPlus serving as a long-standing partner in this program and their commitment to education and our community.”

“Each year we look forward to supporting our local schools by awarding these grants, giving children throughout Central Mississippi the chance to enjoy a diversity of experiences in education,” said Gene Delcomyn, senior executive vice president of BankPlus.

Each district received 16 mini-grants.

Each year local teachers, counselors and school administrators are invited to apply for the grants, which provide funding for projects that their school’s budget will not cover. Grant awards range from $500 to $5,000 and support innovative teaching and learning that aligns with state-mandated curricula.

The names of this year’s projects illustrate the range of topics that will engage students: “Bacteria Quest,” “Everyday Math with Everyday Technology,” “Read to Lead” and “Geometry: Does It Really Add Up?” Some project funds will be used to purchase robotics kits, science laboratory supplies, a printer to enable the publishing of original writing, or materials to support the creation of a one-act opera produced by fourth graders.

“Through the Eyes of a Book,” “Hooking Nook,” “Writing ‘Workshop,’” “Picnic Anywhere” and “What Will One Hundred Get You?” are among the additional submissions from the Canton Public School District, while teachers in Madison County School District will also use the grants to offer their students “A Day To Measure,” “Wiggle While You Work,” “Maneuvering Manipulatives: Literacy that Moves,” “SPARKS of Interest” and “"Drums Alive" in Exercise!”