Dana Hills High School and The Parish School at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church were among 16 Orange County schools to receive a 2016 Innovation in Education grant from Cox Communications.

Cox awarded more than $51,000 to schools to help fund innovative programs for students grades K-12.

Principals, administrators and teachers were invited to submit a grant application for innovative classroom projects that focus on skills-based learning; science, technology, engineering, art/design and mathematics (STEAM); digital literacy; or cyber citizenship, according to a statement from Cox.

Dana Hills will use the grant funds for the school’s Environmental Education Center Project, where students investigate the roles that different animals play in the ecosystem and their feeding habits as well as plants that are native and invasive to the area and more.

The Parish School will use their grant funds to aid the school’s Fifth-grade Learners Baby Beach Project. Fifth-grader students will be collecting samples from Baby Beach to detect pollutants and other possible contaminants in the community.

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