The Venice High School Alumni Association presented grants of $500 and $1,000 to teachers of various subjects at the high school earlier this month through a grant program conducted by the Committee on Excellence in Education, a group of retired teachers and Venice High alumni.

The committee selected the teachers after reviewing proposals detailing their program needs.

Teachers Phyllis Hayashibara and Soni Lloyd received $1,000 for the Venice High Model Congress, which will visit the University of Pennsylvania for the Model Congress competition in February. Teacher Megan Azzi says she will use her $500 grant to purchase materials for teaching algebra and geometry to students with learning disabilities.

Educators To Nga Nguyen-Robinson and Heather Alcantar plan to use their $500 grant to purchase tickets for off-campus field trips for their Community Based Instruction program.

Physical geography teacher Jess Rabinowitz received $500 for the purchase of rocks and minerals for his classes and John Bruno plans to purchase software and blank DVDs for the yearbook.

Other teachers awarded include Ruth Greene, who will use her grant to purchase materials for

costumes for her classroom production of a Shakespearean play and a field trip, while Phillip Munson will use his $500 for materials and supplies for his photography classes.

Laura Brady-Allen and Julie

Markussen say they expect to use their $500 to purchase classroom texts to help their students achieve their academic, career and financial goals while preparing them for achievement tests such as the PSAT and SAT. A $500 grant was also given to Brian Bleser and Jennifer Kim to replenish supplies for four critical experiments in their chemistry and biology classes.

The Venice High Committee on Excellence in Education consists of Lucia Barbaro, Carolyn Berry, Irv Botvinick, Eva Clark, Bob Rainey, Joan Miner and Jim Blackwood.