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Wilkes Education Foundation Awards 44 Mini-Grants

Wilkesboro, N.C. – The Wilkes Education Foundation (WEF) has awarded 44 mini-grants for the 2017-18 academic year to Wilkes County school teachers. The grants of up to $1,000 each are designed to provide funds to implement creative and innovative instructional programs in the classrooms for which federal, state or local funds are not available. Teachers submit applications that are reviewed anonymously and ranked based upon clarity of goals, creativity, benefit to and involvement of students, efficient use of foundation funds and adaptability of projects for use by other teachers.  

The 44 mini-grants awarded for 2017-18 totaling $37,045.85 include the following:

C. B. Eller Elementary: Jamie K. Williams, Success From the Beginning by Strengthening Student Engagement; and Kathryn Willis, Setting the Stage to Engage Small Groups.

C.C. Wright Elementary: Lorrie Gammons, “Switch” The Way You Play in a Whole New Way; and Robyn Shelton, Switch It Up Toolkit.

Central Wilkes Middle School: Erica Marion, Bringing History to Life; Dianne Price, Clean Water For Life; A Study of Trout, Water Quality and Ecosystems; Kelly Holleman, Falcon Summer Reading Book Club; Jennifer Rominger, Fueling a Passion for Photography; and Sarah Harrison, Hook’em and Keep’em.

East Wilkes High School: Sharon Shepherd, Exercise Your Brain and Body All at Once.

East Wilkes Middle School: Sandra Burchette, In the Blink of an Eye..Boys Become Young Men; Mark Bauguess, “Who Was Club” of Ancient History; Alicia McCormick/Karrie Combs, Never Forget Discovering Stories of WWII and the Holocaust; and Grant Tharpe, Hands-On=Minds-On.

Millers Creek Elementary: Gina Ortiz/Debby Nunn, Multiple Learners, Multiple Levels, Multiple Strategies; Jennifer Cockrell, Racing into Reading; and Tina Shepherd, Sight Word Superstars.

Moravian Falls Elementary:  Donnie Blevins, Watch, Learn, Move and Improve.

Mountain View Elementary: Beth Cook/Kellen Duncan, Learn a Lot With Dash and Dot; Madge Gregory, Let Go My LEGO; Katie Reeves, Sight Words Make Us BRIGHT; and Paulette Wood, Social Studies, Science, Health and Safety—Oh My!.

Mulberry Elementary: Lani Cook, Hands On, Brains On; and Kimberly Lang, Learning Science Through Inquiry.

North Wilkes High School: Angel Cline, Flexible Classroom Environment; and James Cline, Hands On Learning.

Ronda Clingman Elementary: Shelia Lester, Building a Lifelong Love for Fitness.

Traphill Elementary: Christina Hurst, Fill My Brain.

Traphill/Boomer Ferguson Elementry: Bethaney Hamby, Got Skills?

West Wilkes High School: Kelly Allison/Vanya Greene, Respiration Station – Using Technology to Measure and Compare Respiration Rates.

Wilkes Central High School: Brandy Sappington Achieving Success with Solid AP and Pre AP Prep; Heather Hahn, Cracking the Advanced Placement Exams; Justin Colbert, DBQ Project; Ashton Nickles, DIY Textiles; Ashley Clonch, Excel in IXL; Dana Shepherd, Exploring the Setting of Shakespearean Plays with a Virtual Reality “Field Trip”; CaseyKatzenstein/Zachary Huffstetler, Flocabulary in the Social Studies Classroom; Kathy Dixon, Graphic Novels Go Back in History; Ben Wayne, Henrietta Lacks: Helping Biology Students Connect Her Cells and Her Story; Jill Masten-Byers, Lights, Camera, Action!: Developing Professional Soft Skills Through Video Production; Madalyn Sparks, Textual Evidence-Based Inquiry in Preparation for the EOC; Savannah Snow, The Library, Lunch and Learning: Make your Mark Through Markerspaces; OliviaVan Buskirk, Using Virtual Reality Scenes to Enhance Text-To-World Connections in the Crucible; and Carson Kain, Virtual Reality Field Trips to the Famed Sites of the Civil War.

Founded and incorporated in 1984, WEF has been awarding mini-grants since 1985. To date, some 657 grants have been awarded to Wilkes County School teachers totaling over $419,000.

Teachers say that getting these grants for students keeps them excited about teaching. Because of these grants, Wilkes County students have a chance to have wonderful resources that they otherwise would not have. They keep students engaged in learning new concepts and make learning meaningful and fun. Their eyes light up each time they come into the classroom with a smile and eagerness to learn!

Funding for grants and scholarships is obtained from individual and corporate contributions including Lowe’s Companies and the annual Hugh Martin Memorial Golf Tournament.

The president of WEF is Lee Bentley; treasurer, Jody Hamby; mini-grant chair, Danny Holman; investment/finance chair, Bill Myers; fundraising Hugh Martin Memorial Golf Tournament chair, David McNeill; WEF and Della Arnold college scholarships chair, Marcia Reynolds; nominating chair, Marcia Reynolds; and public awareness chair, Gordon Burns.
The Wilkes Education Foundation is a private, non-profit, IRS 501(c) (3) tax-exempt endowment corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in education in the Wilkes County Schools. For information about making a donation to the WEF, contact Jody Hamby, 309 9th St., North Wilkesboro, NC 28659, or call 336-667-1121.

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