WYNDMOOR, Pa.—June 02, 2014 – Non-profit organization 2 Sides Equal is announcing it is accepting grant applications from teachers looking to carry out creative lessons next school year, but do not have the funding to do so. The grant will provide teachers an opportunity to do more – to go beyond the traditional structure of classroom teaching styles to encourage, enable and promote creative and divergent thinking. The grant will be awarded to teachers to use in the classroom for educational lessons.

“This grant is focused on supporting outstanding teachers. It isn't a competition. If we have the funds and a teacher has a creative approach to a lesson that aligns with our mission, we will issue the grant.” said Chris DeBartlo, Founder of 2 Sides Equal. “We’re searching for teachers who are raising the standards of education, and bringing creative and divergent teaching styles into a traditional classroom setting.”

Through an online application process, teachers around the country can submit their proposed budget, a detailed description of the lesson, and the resources needed. The grant is open to kindergarten – 12th grade school teachers who believe in nurturing creativity, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit in the classroom. Any teacher who believes in the mindset that there is more than one solution to a problem and embraces that practice in the classroom is encouraged to apply. The grant is specifically targeted at teachers who have a creative lesson plan or classroom idea in mind for next year, but are unable to bring the plan to life due to financial constraints. To apply for the grant, visit

The grant is called “The Lisa Ritinski Grant” and was created in memory of Lisa Ritinski, a Philadelphia area elementary school teacher who was an advocate of differentiated educational instruction, and embraced the idea that every student learns differently in the classroom. The Grant is funded through a variety of community and corporate donors. 2 Sides Equal needs continued support for this grant. To donate to and learn more, visit


About 2 Sides Equal
The mission of 2 Sides Equal is to introduce and promote activities that require creative problem solving to better prepare today's youth for the real world and future success. The 501c3 organization encourages the use of engaging the left and right sides of the brain in unison to creatively solve the challenges of today and tomorrow. 2 Sides Equal is headquartered in Wyndmoor, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. For more information and to donate, visit

About 2nd Spark Consulting
2nd Spark is an innovative marketing consulting firm within the health and wellness sector that applies unique approaches to insight, innovation & experience, so organizations can benefit from market-ready solutions that solve specific strategic & tactical business needs. Because 2nd Spark requires individuals to think creatively and problem solve via out-of-the-box thinking, this is why the founder of 2nd Spark created 2 Sides Equal and is passionate about the cause. 2nd Spark understands that in order to stay competitive in today's world it's absolutely necessary to exercise the right side of the brain just as much as the left. Today’s children will realize that right brain thinking will be in greater and greater demand as high-technology takes away so many left brain jobs. For more information about 2nd Spark Consulting, visit


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Julie Kenney // 2 Sides Equal