The 220 Group, Ltd., which in Hudson does business as Great Clips of Hudson, is proud to have recently given nearly $2,000 in grants to local teachers who expressed a need for additional funding for projects.

For years and in several communities in which it operates, The 220 Group, Ltd. has offered cash awards to school systems to recognize those teachers who have inspired students to greatness outside of the classroom. This year, in conjunction with a request from Assistant Superintendent Doreen Osmund, Great Clips altered the program to offer support directly to teachers who indicated they wished to expand the educational experience for their students in ways not currently supported by traditional funding.

Originally, the plan was to select one grant winner from among all the entrants — but after reading through the applications submitted and recognizing the depth of the need Great Clips owners Jeff and Janie Lehman decided that all the applicants were more than worthy and made grants to each applicant.

Each teacher applicant, from elementary school to high school, wrote compelling reasons why their students would benefit from additional funding. One pair requested support for a collaborative "project-based learning" project such that kids could learn more by being outdoors. To that end, they requested funding for an outdoor yurt tent.

Another elementary teacher sought support to "bring history to life" and asked for funding for a class visit to Hale Farm after which students would compose plays to perform through the guidance of the high school and Kent State’s Theater Department.

Yet another teacher sought support for physical education classes for children with special needs, while a high school art department teacher sought funding for a new digital camera. In total, nearly $2,000 was granted for the various projects.

Great Clips of Hudson is located in the Acme Plaza, facing Acme and between 5/3 Bank and Perkins.