Nearly 50 teachers at the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District were the recipients of 16 grants that totaled more than $40,000 last week.

The district's Education Foundation conducted its annual Prize Parade March 25, which is meant to surprise teachers who had applied for the grants with the announcement while in class.

Education Foundation executive director Sharon Trott said the foundation awarded $42,634 in grants to 47 teachers throughout the district.

Although only 16 grants were handed out, teachers generally team up and apply together during the application process, she added.

The money will be used to purchase various teaching supplies, such as interactive whiteboards and projectors, which the district may not have otherwise been able to afford, Trott said.

"We believe in what the teachers are doing in educating our kids," she said.

Money for the grant is made up of public and private donations, Trott said.

And despite the struggling national economy, last week's award total was the single-largest awarding the Education Foundation has given out since it formed in January 2005, she added.

The foundation has awarded more than $177,000 total since its inception that year, as well.