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The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence gives grants to four teachers

COVINGTON — The Newton County Board of Education announced four teachers at its Nov. 19 meeting as the recipients of the fall 2013 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants, sponsored by the Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence. The grants could be used to fund a wide array of teaching materials and instructional projects, and any teacher within the system was eligible to apply. The foundation funds grants at elementary, middle and high school levels.

Eastside High’s Kelsey Veihman plans to use her grant to finance the ReImagining Circles: Using Technology To Investigate Key Relationships Within Circles program, while Ken Meakins of Porterdale Elementary will use his to fund Teaching Self-Esteem, Honesty and Self-Responsibility through Golf. Lori Wardingley and Kena Hudgins, both of Newton County Theme School, will invest their grants in technological learning programs. Wardingley’s grant will fund iCan Do Math, and Hudgins plans to use her grant for “MiPad” and My Pal.

Out of 20 applications, these four teachers were selected to receive sponsorship from the foundation. The teachers were collectively awarded $6,000 in grants.

“Our volunteer board works hard to raise private funds from the community to give to our educators for deserving projects,” said board Chair Hillary Edgar. “We have the privilege of seeing the great ideas that all of our applicants have and at the same time, have the difficult task of choosing the grant winners.”

Grant sub-committee member Dr. Jami Berry was impressed with all grant proposals received this year, but only these four were selected.

“The funded grants will touch students at every grade level using technology and life skills to enhance instruction across the curriculum,” said Berry.