Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Wednesday was a good day for several educators in the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District.
Representatives of the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District’s Education Foundation visited all of the district’s campuses on Wednesday, plus the Alternative Education facility, and presented 11 grants to teachers. The purpose of the grants, and surprising the teachers in the process, is for innovative teaching.
“The purpose of these grants is to recognize and support teachers and students and provide them with the opportunities they may not have had without these awards,” said Krispen Walker, president of the West Orange-Cove CISD Education Foundation.
This is the third year the WO-C CISD Education Foundation has surprised educators with the grants. The foundation has administered $67,000 in grants over three years, including $24,613 this year.
“It’s been great going to all of the campuses (Wednesday) and seeing what these funds have been used to accomplish from the previous two years,” Walker continued. “Like the garden at West Orange-Stark Elementary or a class which used a camera to create digital images. It’s been a lot of fun.”
The grants, which are funded through donations from members of the community, allow teachers to expand educational opportunities. The Foundation, a not for profit 501 (c) 3 corporation created in 2009, would like to express appreciation to Total Petrochemicals, Firestone Polymers, OCARC and Orange Savings Bank for their support through funding or in-kind services.
At the West Orange-Stark Academic Alternative Center, Carl Broussard received a grant for $2,178 to integrate gardening and horticulture education in the alternative school atmosphere.
Kristi Abshire, a teacher at North Early Learning Center, received a $5,000 grant to help create a “Little Hands” Science Lab for Early Childhood Development with various sensory tables, books, equipment and more.
Six grants were presented to teachers at West Orange-Stark Elementary on Wednesday.
Katie Kornegay and Amy Thompson received a grant for $3,511.50 to create a program to motivate students to enter Life Science “STEM” fields of study, while Inez Hodge-Stevenson was awarded a grant for $2,997 to fund Mindworks Circle of Life providing academic enrichment by utilizing thematic concepts of the universe, plants and animals in numerous subjects.
Kathy Jones received a $1,300 grant for Elmo “Classroom Vision” which will create live, interactive teaching experiences by projecting images of documents and 3-D objects to a large screen.
Donna Johnson was awarded a grant, funded in honor of Mary Louise McKee, for $1,619.50 to create the Daily Five Literacy program which will be designed to fully engage students in reading and writing, while Angela Colbert and other Kindergarten teachers received a $1,350 grant to the installation of permanent projection screens to be utilized through increased instruction time and various activities.
Beth Lanclos received a grant for $2,095 to create Literacy Stations for second grade students using the Daily Five method.
At West Orange-Stark High School, Nancy Stark was awarded a grant for $1,136 for “Kitchen Chemistry” which will be used to purchase materials and allow students to gain valuable experience through “hands on” experiments. Kurt Reeves was awarded a grant for $1,000, funded by TOTAL petrochemicals, will allow students to build and race solar cars and see how energy from the sun can be used to power a motor.
At West Orange-Stark Middle School, a grant was awarded to Kianna A. McKinley for $2,430.15 to create an “Imagination Station” by allowing the purchase of materials to fund a tactile approach to the concepts of science.
The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District Education Foundation was established in 2009 by the families of Dr. Lois Bready and Doug Bready in memory of their parents, Eva and Gerald Bready.