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Vineyards Elementary first-grade students from the classrooms of Joanna Campanile and Janell Matos hold up their teachers’ grants on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Photo: Courtesy of Collier County Public Schools)

Escape rooms that make learning an adventure, a student store encouraging creativity, and a new way to engage students about civics are just three Collier teacher projects that received funding Friday through Champions For Learning.

Champions For Learning awarded 141 grants totaling about $79,700 to educators at 41 schools. 

The Collier-based education foundation that hand-delivers teachers’ grants annually skipped those in-person visits to schools this year due to COVID-19.

But teachers throughout Collier County were still surprised Friday by their school principals and staff, Lisa Church, chief community impact officer for Champions For Learning, said.

Community members interested in researching and funding grants for teacher projects, can do so through an online grant portal where teachers also submit their