Basketball legend Michael Jordan completed his first annual $1 million grant program to support outstanding instruction to poor children, the Associated Press reports.
Funds are awarded to outstanding teachers in middle or high schools where at least 40 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.
“I hope that these grants empower more teachers to do what they do best: find creative ways to give kids the means and inspiration to succeed,” Jordan said.
Teachers who receive the money – distributed in 400 grants of $2,500 each – can use the funds to take children on field trips, buy classroom equipment, or secure additional training, AP reports.
Barbara Good, an instructor of Indian children in South Dakota, will use her grant to help her students document family histories.
Thanks to the funds, students will be able to conduct interviews with their elders and illustrate their work using scanned art and computer graphics.