It was a day of celebration recently when 71 St. Clair County teachers met at St. Clair County High School library to receive $300 grants from the St. Clair County Education Foundation.

Over $20,000 in grants were presented to these lucky applicants. On hand to deliver the checks were foundation board members Marie Manning and Russ Donaho.

St. Clair County Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals and Greg Cobb from the Central Office were also on hand congratulating the group.

The largest group of grants went to two different schools. Nine grants total went to Moody Elementary School teachers and another nine went to St. Clair County High School. Manning said this is the largest participation they have had from a high school.

Teachers will be using these funds to purchase items needed for their classrooms. Because of budget cuts from the state level, many classroom funds such as technology, library and classroom materials have been either cut or eliminated in the last four years.

The St. Clair County Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization separate from the St. Clair County Board of Education. To receive information about becoming a member of the foundation, visit