$55,000 in education grants awarded

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 12/17/17

The Bradley Cleveland Public Education has awarded $55,000

in grants to local teachers for the 2017-18 school year.  This year, the

foundation awarded 20 grants — 18 team grants …

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$55,000 in education grants awarded

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The Bradley Cleveland Public Education has awarded $55,000 in grants to local teachers for the 2017-18 school year.

  This year, the foundation awarded 20 grants — 18 team grants and two individual grants. All are expected to help local teachers purchase what they need to implement innovative projects in their classrooms.

  “We love to see the creativity of our local teachers as we go through the grant proposals each year,” BCPEF Executive Director Lynn Voelz said.

 Individual teachers in the Cleveland or Bradley County school systems could apply for grants of up to $1,000, while teams of two or more teachers could apply to receive up to $5,000.

 Each grant proposal was stripped of any information identifying the beneficiary and was scored by at least three individuals from the BCPEF’s Education Family Committee. The grant recipients were then chosen by the organization’s Grants Committee.

 “We award these grants for projects which lead to measurable academic progress,” Voelz said. “These projects are very diverse, but they will all result in academic outcomes we can measure.”

Many of the grants awarded this year will fund projects which combine multiple academic disciplines. For example, a grant awarded to Mayfield Elementary involves both art and English, while a grant awarded to George R. Stuart Elementary and E.L. Ross Elementary will combine math and health.

 Though the foundation has awarded many individual teacher grants in the past,  most of this year’s proposals were for team grants.

 “Our teachers have really gravitated toward the team grants, because they realize they can receive more funds and accomplish more with them when they work together,” BCPEF Grants Manager Jane Littlejohn said.

The following grants were funded this year:

 Bradley County Schools Team Grants —

 • Bradley Central High— “Apple STEM,” awarded to Charis Reagan, Elisha Waters, Stephanie Amato, Jonathan Garrett and Hiawatha Brown;

 • Charleston Elementary — “Legos for Learning,” awarded to Denise George and Linda Green;

 • Lake Forest Middle — “Percussion Connection: The Beat Goes On,” awarded to Michelle Johnson and Beth Fowler, and “All Hands On Deck,” awarded to Lindsey Shewbridge and Mark Dortwegt;

• Park View Elementary — “Chromebooks for Creativity,” awarded to Courtney Howell and Cassondra Bishop;

• Taylor Elementary — “Developing Our Future One Magniloquent Word at a Time,” awarded to Tara Snider and Nate Mathis;

 • Valley View Elementary — “Go For The Chrome,” awarded to Lauren Phillips and Stephanie Jones, and “Chromebooks for Platinum Success,” awarded to Chase Smartt and Jennie White.

 Cleveland City Schools Team Grants —

 • Cleveland Middle — “Reading, Research and Remembrance: A Presentation and Living Timeline of the Holocaust,” awarded to Angela Wright and Cana Kirksey;

 • Mayfield Elementary — “I Like To Move It, Move It with Codable Robots,” awarded to Gregory Towe, Michael Rogers, Ana Walters and Anita Renshaw;

 • E.L. Ross Elementary — “Building Adventures,” awarded to Tonya Mullinax and Rachel Stewart;

 • George R. Stuart Elementary and E.L. Ross Elementary — “Step UP! Making Fitness Count,” awarded to Mindy Kiser and Laura Hudson.

Cross-school system Team Grant —

• Arnold Memorial Elementary and Michigan Avenue Elementary — “Creating Excellent Musicianship by Developing Math, Social and Academic Skills Through Crafting Authentic Irish Music,” awarded to Cara Rogers and Siema Swartzel.

 Individual Teacher Grants —

 • Cleveland High — “Engineering Solutions Using Bio-Signals and Bio-Instrumentation," awarded to Erin Hattabaugh;

 • Mayfield Elementary — “Drawn To My Art Journal,” awarded to Mary Ann Poplin.

 The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Voelz said these grants would not have been possible without generous donations from people in the community. 

 For more information on the foundation or to donate to future projects, visit www.BCPEF.org.

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