Foundation surprises teachers with grants
More than 40 Beaufort County public school teachers from 19 schools were surprised recently with balloons and oversized checks presented by the Foundation for Educational Excellence.
The teachers were recipients of the foundation’s innovative teacher, school resource and student enrichment grants for spring 2017.
The 25 grants ranged from $133 to about $2,700 and totaled more than $21,236. They will offer more than 6,000 individual learning opportunities in classes ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school.
A record number of 79 applications were submitted.
Funded projects include the construction of a butterfly garden, a giant abacus for math, the purchase of ukuleles for a Polynesian music experience, an ocean study connected to the South Carolina Aquarium and support to help fund a team for a robotics competition.
Established in 2007, the foundation awarded its first grants in 2009 and has awarded more than $168,000 since its inception.
This grant cycle was partially funded by contributions from the Rotary Club of Okatie, individual supporters and the foundation’s major fundraiser, Jewels and Jeans.
“The foundation is so grateful to all of its supporters that make these grants for well-deserving teachers and their students possible,” chair Jackie Rosswurm said.
“It is our pleasure to see the amazing impact these financial contributions will have on countless students throughout the district through implementation of creative and innovative projects in the classroom and beyond.”
The grants for spring 2017 went to:
• Coding is the Future, Port Royal Elementary (submitted by Shelley Krebs)
• Elementary Life Lab, Whale Branch Elementary (Teresa Catherine Baker, Gerald Green)
• Butterfly Garden, Robert Smalls International Academy (Heidi McAllister, Austin Peay)
• Numeracy through Literacy, Lady’s Island Elementary (Madison Hoogstraal, Rachel Grindle, Catherine Carroll)
• Revolution in the Lowcountry, Whale Branch Middle (Eugene V. Brugger, Pamela Storey)
• Learning Where the Wild Things Are, Beaufort Elementary (Marianne Blake, Aracely Johnson, Jessica Rylands, Jamey Porter)
• Independent Living Skills Kitchen Lab, Robert Smalls International Academy (Juliette Ewing)
• iPads for Media Arts, Riverview Charter School (Stephanie Luzny)
• Sound of Hawaii: A Polynesian Experience, Mossy Oaks Elementary (Nicholas Glick)
• HUD and vision guidance system, Hilton Head Island High (John Quindlen)
• Literacy through SC History, Bluffton Middle (Brandon Smith)
• Math Fact Fluency, Lady’s Island Elementary (Christine Warner)
• Up Close to Our Ocean, Red Cedar Elementary (Randi Harms and five first-grade teachers)
• DECA State Conference, Beaufort High (Marysusan Williamson)
• Theatre in a Box, Hilton Head Island High (Brandon Triola)
• Middle School Microscopy, Riverview Charter School (Danielle Belmont)
• HOSA International Conference, Beaufort High (Marah Aulabaugh)
• Google Explorers, Bluffton High (Erin Reichert)
• Once Upon a Screen, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts (Jennifer Friend-Kerr)
• PreK Books for Music and Pets, Coosa Elementary (Michele Dubbs)
• Terrific Teacher Tool, Hilton Head Island Elementary (Kelsey Schuessler)
• Green Screen Your Dreams, Whale Branch Elementary (Emilee Brown)
• Math Escape: Who’s got the math, Pritchardville Elementary (Christina Cook)
• Drone Video/Photography, Battery Creek High (Anthony Petrucci)
• Grow Up, River Ridge Academy (Chandra Payne, Jennifer Bell)