CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) — Children across the Corpus Christi Independent School District will now be able to get hands-on experience learning about how their ecosystem works.

It's all thanks to grants from the Corpus Christi Education Foundation. Members of the board traveled to schools across the district Friday to surprise teachers with checks totaling up to over $40,000.

The grants mean a lot to teachers who want to give their students learning experiences outside of the classroom.

"Hoping that they can see something in the field trip experience that makes them go 'Wow! This is what scientists do! This is awesome! I want to do this!' Or maybe it'll inspire them to do something else," said Kailei Rector, eighth grade science teacher at Martin Middle School.

Rector said the grant they were given is called "Inspiring Research Scientists" and hopes it will inspire students to want to learn about their local ecosystem.

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