In the final year of its “Making the Critical Difference” campaign, the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation will award more than $90,000 in grants to Oak Ridge teachers at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, a press release said.
Shirley Raines, president emeritus of the University of Memphis, will be the featured speaker, the press release said. She will give a talk titled, “Dreamers, Thinkers, Doers.”
The grants ceremony is open to the public, and it will be held in the Oak Ridge High School cafeteria beginning at 4 p.m. April 26.
Demonstrations and displays of some of the projects and technology funded by the Foundation will be given after the formal ceremony, the press release said. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Oak Ridge Utility District.
The 2017 grant recipients are as follows:
- Glenwood Elementary School: Amelia Bell and Lauren Blair
- Willow Brook Elementary School: Lisa Meidl
- Woodland Elementary School: Felecia Sharp
- Jefferson Middle School: Josh Bibbs, Emily Haverkamp, Heather Henderlight, and Callie Painter
- Robertsville Middle School: Cathy Ginel, Melissa Jeter, Jackie Laney, Leigh Monger, Todd Livesay, and Mardee Miller
- Oak Ridge High School: Lisa Buckner, Chris Scott, Kayla Gass, Deanna Pickle, Stephanie Thompson, Caramia Milloway, Doug Phillips, Sharon Thomas, and Elaine Vaughan
The Grants Program is a key component of the Foundation’s mission to support the highest quality education for all students, the press release said.
“The Grants focus on empowering teachers with the tools to teach,” said Cathy Toth, chair of the Grants Committee. “By putting resources directly into the classroom, the grants enrich the learning environment and help create the conditions where inspiration, curiosity, and learning are natural outcomes. Thanks to the support of the Oak Ridge community, we have been able to fund excellent projects in every school in Oak Ridge since the beginning of the program in 2005.”
Including this year’s grants, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $900,000 in total grant funding. The Foundation’s Board is committed to continue an annual grants campaign moving forward, the press release said.
For more information about the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation or to make a donation, contact Jessica Steed at (865) 241-3667 or [email protected], or through the website at http://www.orpsef.org/.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Jessica Steed.
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