Some area schools will get to purchase more items on their wishlist thanks to a donation from a local company.
Prestige Cleaners hands out grant money to local schools as part of their Project Classroom. This year they handed out $15,000 in grant money to schools in both Knox and Blount counties, including $5,000 Tuesday at Bearden High School.
Prestige Cleaners established Project Classroom in 2007, and prior to these recent grants, has donated nearly $90,000 to area schools to help buy supplies and equipment that are not included in their budget.
"This year is especially significant to us because this time we have an opportunity to help a special education class, and this semester they will be learning landscaping. The money, the $5,000 that we have granted will help them buy the tools," said Eddie Mannis with Prestige Cleaners.
"This is huge," said Laurie Price, Bearden High School resource teacher. "I mean, before it would have been only book work and theory and just talking about it. This money will actually allow us to do."
In addition to Bearden, the other 2013 grant recipients are Whittle Springs Middle, Dr. Paul L. Kelly Volunteer Academy in Knox County, and Middlesettlements and Prospect Elementaries in Blount County.
"This is huge in mean before it would have been only book work and theory and just talking about it. This money will actually allow us to do"
The Project Classroom grant applications will be handed out to schools in August.