As part of its â€œMaking the Critical Differenceâ€ campaign, the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation will award approximately $85,000 in grants to Oak Ridge teachers at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 13.
Jay Searcy, a national award-winning sports writer and Oak Ridge Class of 1952 alumnus, will be the featured speaker at the event sharing his talk entitled, â€œHow to Improve Our Schools Without Knowing How.â€ The ceremony is open to the public and will be held in the Oak Ridge High School cafeteria beginning at 4 p.m. April 13. Demonstrations and displays of some of the projects and technology funded by the Foundation will be given after the formal ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Oak Ridge Utility District.
The 2016 grant recipients are as follows:
- Oak Ridge Preschoolâ€”Margaret Johnston
- Glenwood Elementaryâ€”Amelia Bell, Lauren Blair, and Gwen Harrell
- Linden Elementaryâ€”Ginger Adams and Lisa Buckner
- Willow Brook Elementaryâ€”Ashley Branson and Andrew McDonald
- Woodland Elementaryâ€”Susie Carden, Kim Howard, Michael Martin, and Evan Parker
- Jefferson Middle Schoolâ€”Jim Dodson, Emily Haverkamp, Heather Henderlight, Julie McCullough, Lexie Scott, and Brian Smith
- Robertsville Middle Schoolâ€”David Goforth, Mariah Kidwell, Mardee Miller, and David Scott
- Oak Ridge High Schoolâ€”Christina Henry, Spence Milligan, Vidal Moreno, Deanna Pickel, Sharon Thomas, and Will Waterson