Perea Blackmon, an elementary school teacher at the Langdon Education Campus, shows her students leopard geckos named Fred, bottom, and Fredericka. She acquired the reptiles for her class through the Pets in the Classroom program. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

What: Pets in the Classroom grant program. It covers any small animal that can live in a classroom. (No dogs or cats.)

How much: Up to $150 to purchase a pet. Teachers then can apply for grants of $50 a year to take care of the animal. One grant per teacher per school year.

For more information: www.petsintheclassroom.org.

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