DOBSON — Eleven teachers in the county district received grants this week from the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation.
The foundation received 24 grant applications in early May for its 2017 Enhanced Learning Mini-Grants, according to Sonia Dickerson, SCS director of communications.
A committee made up of foundation board members and community leaders looked over the applications. The committee members were John Priddy, foundation board chairman; Sue Stone, foundation board member; Ashley Mills, foundation liaison; Dr. Terri Mosley, school board chair; and Brenda Goad, of Surry Telephone Membership Corp.
The 24 applications were narrowed down to 11 recipients: eight elementary school teachers and three middle school teachers. Dickerson said the funding total of the mini-grants is more than $7,700.
On Tuesday, an awards team visited the 10 schools. The team included Priddy, Stone, Mosley, Dickerson and Mills.
The 2017 Enhanced Learning Mini-Grant winners are:
• Andy Atkins, Mountain Park Elementary School – Thunderstruck! Building the Modern Elementary Instrumental Ensemble.
• Stephanie Bode, Dobson Elementary School – Virtual Field Trips.
• Dana Draughn, Flat Rock Elementary School – The Magic Book Bus Summer Literacy Project.
• Tonya Fletcher, Franklin Elementary School – Summer Reading Rocks!
• Amy Harpe, Pilot Mountain Elementary School – Problem Solving Fridays.
• Lori Hiatt, White Plains Elementary School – Bringing the World into the Classroom through Virtual Reality.
• Phillips Riekehof, Flat Rock Elementary School – Breakout from the Norm.
• Ashley Talbott, Cedar Ridge Elementary School – Learning with Legos.
• Kathy C. Brintle, Gentry Middle School – Self-Sufficient Living with Science.
• Beth Lowry, Pilot Mountain Middle School – The Imagination Toolbox: Utilizing the Creative Process to Building Higher Order Thinking Skills and Increase Reading Achievement.
• Alicia Ray, Meadowview Magnet Middle School – Reading + STEM = S-U-C-C-E-S-S.
According to Dickerson, each project must directly involve and benefit students, support the overall goals of the classroom and support science, technology, engineering and math education, reading achievement goals, and/or the arts. Award-winning teachers must complete the project within the next school year.
The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation is committed to investing in education and impacting the lives of students through educational experiences inside and outside the classroom as well as investing in our teaching professionals. For more information about the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, contact Ashley Mills at (336) 386-8211 or visit scsfoundation.org.