The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation recently awarded almost two dozen 2018 Enhanced Learning Mini-Grants to area teachers.
Twenty-two of the grants recently were awarded to 23 teachers at 14 schools. Surry County Schools Educational Foundation Board Chairperson John Priddy, Board Vice Chairperson Sue Stone, Surry County Schools Communications Director Sonia Dickerson, and Foundation Liaison Ashley Mills surprised the award winners.
A committee, which included board members and community leaders Brenda Goad, Brent McKinney, John Priddy, Dr. Jill Reinhardt, Sue Stone, Nancy Wright, and Ashley Mills chose the recipients from 36 applicants, handing out a total of $17,000 in the grants.
The 2018 Enhanced Learning Mini-Grant recipients, and their projects, are:
• Emily Akers, Copeland Elementary School – Osmo kits for the classroom;
• Stephanie Bode, Dobson Elementary School – using robots to teach coding;
• Kathy Brintle, Gentry Middle School – Ready, Set, Grow!;
• Angela Caswell, Westfield Elementary School – classroom cajon drum circle;
• Jennifer Collins, Franklin Elementary School – wearable guts;
• Dana Draughn, Flat Rock Elementary School – magic book bus summer literacy project;
• Luann Edwards, White Plains Elementary School – Happy Fingers: rocking and jamming with keyboards;
• Melodie Ellis, Shoals Elementary School – exploring with Osmo;
• Tonya Fletcher, Franklin Elementary School – Coding is a Snap!;
• Amber Flippen, Surry Early College High School of Design – STEM art with photography;
• Trina Goettel, White Plains Elementary School – What’s the weather? ¿Cuàl es el clima?;
• Rachel King & Erin Simpson, White Plains Elementary School – Osmos for awesome growth;
• Krystal Luce, Meadowview Magnet Middle School – Building Gardens, Building Minds;
• Grayson Moser, Pilot Mountain Elementary School – Shaping, Teaching, Exercising Minds…Creating my Own STEM Project this Time!;
• Keena Moxley, Rockford Elementary School – Using Glockenspiels todevelop creative skills with literature;
• Billy Pell, Westfield Elementary School – Talk About a Revolution – An Integrated Reading Unit;
• Alicia Ray, Meadowview Magnet Middle School – Gaming to Learn;
• Angie Smith, Central Middle School – Ukes for All;
• Ashley Snow, White Plains Elementary School – SWITCHing Up Learning;
• Ashley Talbott, Cedar Ridge Elementary School – Buzzing Through Learning with Bee Bots;
• DeAnna Walker, Copeland Elementary School – making sound waves in elementary music
• Courtney Willard, Copeland Elementary & Pilot Mountain Elementary Schools – storytelling quilts go digital.
Each project must directly involve and benefit students, support the overall goals of the classroom, support science, technology, engineering and math-based education, reading achievement goals, and/or the arts. Award-winning teachers must complete the project within the next school year.
Amber Flippen, principal at Surry Early College High School of Design, said that her project, STEM Art through photography, will “provide our students the opportunity to capture, edit, and display STEM concepts through artistic photography.”
Since the school does not have an arts curriculum, Flippen is excited that the “project will allow students to create unique displays of art through photography for the entire school community.”
Angie Smith, music teacher at Central Middle School, is looking forward to creating “a ukulele ensemble for K-12 students that will cooperatively reinforce reading and mathematical skills through the study of music and perform for community and school events through the year.” Smith’s project, Ukes for All, brings string instruments to Surry County Schools’ students for the first time.
Emily Akers, Copeland Elementary School teacher, has been awarded her first mini-grant for the project, Osmos for Awesome Growth, which brings unique tools for learning into the classroom. “I was so surprised when I was awarded my grant for Osmo kits,” Akers said. “I cannot wait to use them with my students next year.”
“The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation is committed to investing in education and affecting the lives of students through educational experiences inside and outside the classroom as well as investing in our teaching professionals,” the agency said when announcing the grant awards.
For more information about the Surry County Schools Educational Foundation, contact Ashley Mills at 336-386-8211 or visit scsfoundation.org.