The Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation will award more than $99,000 in grants to Oak Ridge teachers at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 24.
Oak Ridge High Schoolâ€™s retired math teacher and former department head Benita Albert will be the featured speaker at the event, sharing her talk titled â€œWeâ€™ve Come a Long Way Teachers.â€
The ceremony is open to the public, and it will be held in the Pollard Auditorium at ORAU beginning at 2:30 p.m. Demonstrations and displays of some of the projects and technology funded by the Foundation will be given in the lobby after the formal ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Oak Ridge Utility District, a press release said.
The 2019 grant recipients are as follows:
- Oak Ridge Preschool: Logan Burke and Amy Jeske
- Glenwood Elementary School: Camille Millsaps
- Linden Elementary School: Lisa Buckner
- Willow Brook Elementary School: Jackie Cohn, Gigi Naeve, Becky Mullins, and Dan Schwartz
- Woodland Elementary School: Carol Lawson and Katelynn Olvey
- Jefferson Middle School: John Beard, Emily Haverkamp, James Mitchell, Mary Roop, Theresa Davis, and Janie Shanafield
- Robertsville Middle School: Randy Doss, Lauren Hawkins, and Todd Livesay
- Oak Ridge High School: Spence Milligan, Karla Mullins, Ryan Nicholls, and Jonathan Schoolcraft
The Grants Program is a key component of the Foundationâ€™s mission to support the highest quality education for all students, the press release said.
â€œThe grants focus on empowering teachers with the tools to teach,â€ said Cathy Toth, board chair. â€œBy 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. The grants have impacted every discipline and segment of the student body. We are especially grateful for projects that improve outcomes for students with special challenges.â€
Including this yearâ€™s grants, the Education Foundation has awarded nearly $1.1 million in total grant funding. The Foundationâ€™s Board is committed to continue an annual grants campaign, 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 ORPSEF website at http://www.orpsef.org/.
More information will be added as itÂ becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Jessica Steed.
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