For many teachers at Gilbert Elementary, there's no more beautiful a sight for the season than a big fat check, a gift in the form of a grant for their new idea for teaching.
Two Gilbert teachers got checks -- a $451 mini-grant for a new Pre-K Read Aloud class and another for confidence building for fourth- and fifth-graders.
"The reason kids struggle is that their self-esteem is very low and studies have shown that if you increase a student's self-esteem, they will do better in other areas of their life, like academics," said Gilbert Social Worker Jennifer Montez.
The other mini Bright Idea grant will give the gift of reading to Pre-K kids.
"Since it's Pre-K, it's hands-on, very interactive and the kids really enjoy it," said Gilbert Pre-K teacher Kimberly Chason
In addition to the two grants given at Gilbert, teachers and staff at Frank Tejeda Academy, McCollum High School, Rayburn Elementary and Collier Elementary and Harlandale's Central Office/Curriculum and Instruction department.