The Committee on Excellence in Education — a division of the Venice High School Alumni Association — has awarded $8,500 in grants to Venice High School teachers for the 2005-2006 school year.

The funds will finance a range of classroom activities, including presentations of Hamlet and Othello, production of a school literary journal, a study on the nature of war, and a dance program.

Students will have the opportunity to study art and architecture, integrate history and literature, take field trips to museums, and participate in hands-on experiments and projects.

Nine teachers received $500 each for individual classroom projects and four programs received $1,000 for team-oriented, interdisciplinary plans.

The committee was established to hand out funds from the Teacher Grant program created by donations from Eva and Gil Clark eight years ago.

Eva Clark is a retired Venice High School math teacher and she continues to tutor students in the library after school.

Gil Clark is a retired UCLA physics professor who supports his wife’s efforts to fund innovative and creative learning projects.

Other retired Venice High School teachers have donated funds to the Teacher Grant program.