Local K-12 schools and Ball State University were among the recipients of grants from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund recently.

Statewide, these grants will fund a minimum of 68,689 student devices including Chromebooks and iPads; nearly 2,900 teacher devices including new or upgraded laptops, MacBooks, Chromebooks and iPads, and more than 85,800 connectivity solutions for families who lack reliable internet connectivity, according to a release from Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office.

Local grant recipients and amounts are:

Blue River Valley Schools, $10,922.

Charles A. Beard Memorial Schools, $204,250.

Muncie Community Schools, St. Lawrence Catholic School and St. Mary Catholic School, $363,654.

New Castle Schools, $250,000.

Randolph Eastern Schools, $121,500.

South Henry Schools, $181,000.

Ball State University, $ 500,000.

Chosen from 257 applications, grant recipients included 184 traditional school corporations, 64 public charter schools and 124 non-public schools, as well as 12 institutions of higher education, according to the release. An application could be completed by a single school corporation or a combination of eligible education entities.

GEER was established by the federal CARES Act.

• A unique whimsical country manor ¼”-scale miniature house and garden created by Muncie-based artist Linda J. Farris out of a Tropicana orange juice bottle was featured in the May/June 2020 issue of Miniature Gazette, a hobbyist magazine. 

Farris designed the house and garden kits for a class she taught at the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts “All About the Neighborhood” Small Scales Regional in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Farris has taught miniature project classes at national, regional and club events and conventions throughout the U.S. for over more than decades. She has received awards for her miniature creations as well as for fine art projects in a variety of media. The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts inducted her into their Academy of Honor.  She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in fine art. 

Announcements of awards, scholarships and other honors given to local residents and entities can be sent to planning editor Robin Gibson at [email protected]

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