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139 teachers receive mini-grants
SoVaNow.com / October 21, 2013One hundred and thirty-nine Halifax County teachers were awarded mini-grants totaling $16,000 on Thursday by the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation. The grants will fund “innovative and creative” projects, enhance learning opportunities for thousands of students and reward outstanding teachers.
The money enables teachers to purchase special materials or programs that are not covered by the school budget. Every school in the county received some of the grant money which ranged in amounts of $50 to $400.
Since the Foundation began the program back in 2008-09 a total of &69,044.59 has been awarded to 459 teachers who submitted applications for 276 grants.
The amount of the grants has grown steadily over the years, starting with $7,710 the first year and rising to this year’s $16,000.
“We are extremely grateful to our donors who make this possible,” said Foundation Director Audrey Davidson, noting that donors included John Cannon, James Edmunds, II, H&M Logging, the Heritage Festival Group, KeJa’eh Enterprises, the Dominion Clover Power Station, Huber Engineered Woods, LLC, Mid-Atlantic Broadband, Steve Anderson, Benchmark Bank, Business to Business, Buster’s Auto Art, Ellen Gray Maybank, Mac McDowell, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and Walter Potts.
Davidson also thanked Andy Crowell for his sponsorship of the reception for the teachers on Thursday afternoon as well as Halifax Regional Hospital for the use of the Leggett Auditorium for the program.
Both School Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon and Foundation President Coleman Speece added their thanks to the donors and sponsors, saying they were proud to see so much community support for the county’s teachers, who are so dedicated to improving the learning opportunities for their students. 479
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