A total of 390 Los Angeles County teachers from public, private, and parochial schools received $279,000 in grant checks from Keeping History Alive (KHA), a program that strengthens K–12 history and social science education. The awards program and reception, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, celebrates how teachers used these small grants to fuel big learning and takes place from 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m., on Sat., Feb. 9, in Upper Turner Campus Center, located at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa.

Sponsored by Azusa Pacific University, Canyon City Foundation, Helen and Will Webster Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, KHA has awarded $1,065,241 in grants since Thomas Andrews, Ph.D., APU professor of history and research historian for special collections, first spearheaded the initiative in 2004. The grants, ranging from $250¬–$850 each, fund classroom resources, field trips, on-campus presentations, and professional development opportunities, opening doors for students to learn and experience history in new, exciting ways.

Locally, 34 teachers from the Azusa Unified School District received funding.

This year, KHA received 500 grant applications, 150 more than last year, and expects at least 600 applicants next fall as the program continues to grow.

“This program meets a very real need when budget constraints in education throughout California, especially in Los Angeles County,” said Andrews. “The grants boost teacher and student morale and make teaching and learning history more interesting and meaningful.”

Funded projects include:

  • Kindergarten and first grade students in a West Vernon Avenue Elementary class who are autistic, learning disabled, or developmentally delayed will benefit from a $750 KHA grant to purchase three Kindle Fire HD Readers. Students engage in classic books and learn history while strengthening hand/eye coordination.
  • Fourth graders at Victor Hodge Elementary in AUSD will participate in the Ocean Institute’s time capsule program and visit the San Juan Capistrano Mission with a $850 KHA grant.
  • Fourth graders at Charles H. Lee Elementary in AUSD will visit the San Gabriel Canyon Education Center where rangers will teach them about the history of Azusa and local Native Americans underwritten by an $850 KHA grant.
  • For more information, contact Andrews at (626) 590-0027 or email thomasfandrews1@gmail.com. To interview teacher grant recipients, contact Angela Ingalsabe at (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5255, or email aingalsbe@apu.ed