The Huntsville Education Foundation Board of Directors recognized grant recipients and donors at a reception at First Presbyterian Church on Monday .

Eleven grant projects and recipients from Gibbs Elementary, Huntsville Elementary, Stewart Elementary, Mance Park Middle School and Huntsville High School were recognized.

The foundation received 48 applications and awarded almost $8,000 to Huntsville Independent School District teachers.

Shattered Dreams has been awarded a grant for the past three years. It aims to teach high school students and parents the importance of not drinking and driving.

Stacy Godby said the program includes a parent and student retreat, student retreat and Grim Reaper presentation.

The Grim Reaper, played by a member of HHS staff, will take students out of class every 30 minutes and dress them as if they were dead.

The student is not allowed to speak during the time they are dead to show students the impact a death from drinking and driving can make.

“The program brings awareness about drinking,” she said. “The past two years have been successful.”

Sylvia Little and Joan Dixon will create a DVD titled “Let’s Keep in Touch” for parents of children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.

“The DVD models how we do things in the classroom,” Little said. “It will show parents how we teach the students to write their numbers, write their letters and how to make sounds.”

Pam Payne, Suzette Moore, Brenda McCarty and Tami Elliott received a grant for :Conscious Discipline: Brain Smart Classroom Management” and will train teachers at Huntsville Elementary how to use the style of classroom management.

“It focuses on building the classroom family and relationships,” Payne said. “Last week, a little boy stumbled in the classroom and three children asked, “Are you OK? Can we help you?”

Teachers are able to apply for grants each spring semester by submitting proposals.

“The funding amount is based on how much money is received from supporters during the year,” said Laverne Warner, chair of the Huntsville Education Foundation.

“The grants give the schools the opportunity to showcase exemplary programs and talents,” said Morris Johnson, the foundation’s vice president.

Trailblazer donors made contributions over $200 and include community members and businesses. This year the foundation has set a goal to raise $40,000.

The Huntsville Education Foundation provides funds for special activities and projects that are not available through district and state funding.

Since 1994, the Huntsville Education Foundation has provided more than $175,000 to fund programs.