The Aetna Foundation will provide more than $1.2 million in grants to provide health and wellness technology to disenfranchised and minority populations, including those in schools. Efforts include a K12 digital health curriculum that teaches diet and nutrition, exercise and disease prevention. Students can collaborate on projects using social media and access the curriculum digitally.
The Dannon Company offers five school playground makeovers per year—valued at $30,000 each—to encourage physical activity. Students can collect special computer codes on Danimals and Danonino yogurt products and enter them online—or download them free—and mail them to the company. The five schools with the most codes win the makeover.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant helps schools build gardens and physical fitness areas to enhance education and wellbeing. Lowe’s provides between $2,000 and $5,000 per school, and donates up to $5 million to schools and school-parent-teacher groups each year.
Schools can partner with a local McDonald’s to host a McTeacher’s Night, during which teachers staff the restaurant and serve students meals. A portion of sales from the evening goes to the school. Joseph Keels Elementary in Columbia, S.C., raised $500 during McTeacher’s Night, and the participating McDonald’s donated an additional $100.
International wireless technology provider Qualcomm offers grants ranging from $5,000 to $400,000 to expand school district technology programs. In 2007, the company partnered with the rural Onslow County Schools in North Carolina, where a large percentage of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. A Qualcomm grant established a 1-to-1 tablet program for more than 1,000 high school math students and their 34 teachers.
Global defense company Raytheon has invested $100 million in its MathMovesU STEM education initiative since 2005. The program includes $2 million annually in scholarships and grants to top math students and teachers with creative math approaches.
Business analytics software provider SAS began distributing free digital curriculum content called SAS Curriculum Pathways five years ago. In 2013, more than 42,000 schools and nearly 120,000 teachers used the standards-based, interactive learning tools for K12. Curriculum Pathways provides interactive content for traditional and virtual students in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and Spanish.