Published: Oct 20, 2011 10:39 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 21, 2011 3:04 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - Eighty-six teachers in Collier County were surprised with some extra cash. It's part of the Education Foundation of Collier County's "Connect with a Classroom" project.  

Teachers request funding for certain classroom projects that aren't covered in the budget. Amy Diemert, a 6th grade science teacher at East Naples Middle School, applied for two grants. One was for supplies for a bottle rocket project and the other was for science fair boards so every student could have one.  

"Our budgets are very tight. Everyone knows that, so these little extra things that we are able to ask the community to help really make a huge difference," says Diemert.  

Thursday, volunteers from the Education Foundation delivered more than a hundred grants to 34 schools in Collier County.

"These are huge things that can really enhance the education for our students and we need the help so the community is a great thing the Education Foundation does to connect teachers to the community," says Diemert.  

The Education Foundation still has a number of teachers that still need help fulfilling their grant requests.

The Education Foundation is offering to match donors dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000) for those requests still available.

For more information on how you can help, go to