The Newton Education Foundation recently presented a group of Newton County teachers with nearly $5,000 in grants. Pictured are teachers Jeff Johnson from Oak Hill Elementary, Lori McGovern from Indian Creek Middle School, Kena Hudgins from the Newton County Theme School and Kemily Pattillo from the Newton College and Career Academy, all with their school administrators, along with Shannon Davis, chair of the Foundation, and Foundation board members Tammy Camfield, Jami Berry and Anjela Ellis.
Covington -- The Newton Education Foundation recently presented a group of Newton County teachers with nearly $5,000 in grants.
Jeff Johnson from Oak Hill Elementary received a grant for his project, Math, Music & Movies; Lori McGovern from Indian Creek Middle School received one for Bringing the 21st Century Library to Life; Kena Hudgins from the Newton County Theme School will use the money for her project, Math in My World; and Kemily Pattillo from the Newton College and Career Academy, will use it for Biotechnology: Bacterial Transformation.
A teacher at each grade level was awarded a grant as part of the Spring 2013 Classroom Grant competition.
Any Newton County School System teacher could apply for the grants, which may be used to pay for a wide variety of innovative instructional projects and materials.
This spring, the Foundation received more than two dozen applications from teachers, up from about 20 applications for the winter competition.
"The committee was extremely impressed with both the number of grant applications and the quality of this round's funded grants," said Dr. Jami Berry, grant sub-committee member. "The funded grants will touch hundreds of students at four schools across all three educational levels. We were especially excited to be able to fund four grants, rather than three, because we know that doing so allows even more teachers and schools to integrate innovative approaches into their instructional practices."
In February, the Foundation held its inaugural Pancake Stampede to raise more funds than in the past.
The Newton Education Foundation is a local, independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation founded in 2009 to create a culture of support for public education in Newton County. The Foundation raises private dollars for public education.
The Foundation operates its annual campaign, Re-Imagine Newton, to fund future grant programs. Tax deductible donations may be made at any time by mailing them to the Newton Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1586, Covington, Georgia 30015. More information also is available online at www.reimaginenewton.org.