SAN ANTONIO -

Thousands of students across San Antonio Independent School District are benefiting from a grant program to fund projects that enrich learning.

On Tuesday morning, administrators announced a plan to disperse grant money totaling $109,174. 

The funds were made possible through the SAISD Foundation's Excellence in Education Innovative Grants Program.

Winners of grant money are being surprised at schools throughout the week.

Briscoe Elementary was the first to receive their grant.

Teachers there were surprised with a $5,000 grant to fund a school-wide art program, which will provide cameras and printers for photography and sketchbooks for every student.

"I'm so excited! This totally has made my day and next year is going to be fabulous," said teacher Sarah Powell.

Powell and fellow teacher Oralia Lopez applied for the grant earlier in the spring.

"I just hope to get out of this that these kids, at some time in their lives ... feel that love for the arts," said Lopez. 

Other projects at other schools include anti-bullying, music recording and math mentoring programs.

Educators say grant money is very important to teachers these days, especially with recent cutbacks in funding. Many times, teachers pay for extracurricular supplies out of their own pocket. 

"It really takes a community of partners. The district can't do it alone (and) the teachers can't do it alone," said SAISD Foundation Board Chairman Carri Baker Wells.

The money for the grants was raised by the foundation's annual golf tournament fundraiser, which brought in sponsorships and support from 55 companies across the city.

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