Teachers will tell most anyone who will listen that there is never enough money to provide all the resources teachers would like to have as they work to educate their young charges.
Teachers often spend out of their own pockets to buy some school supplies and the beginning of every school year is replete with classroom wish lists for parents to help fulfill.
So when the Person County Education Foundation starts awarding grants, it’s a big deal.
On Monday, PCEF executive director Amanda Morrow – who called herself the prize patrol – visited classrooms in several schools around Person County to award teachers with grants to help them purchase materials for their classroom.
In each case, the winning teachers broke out in broad smiles as they realized why Morrow and their principal were walking through the classroom door.
These grants were awarded by PCEF through a partnership with the Arc of Person County. All told, 11 special education teachers won grants totaling nearly $5,000. The funds will pay for a variety of projects, from multi-sensory math curricula that is learned on a hand-held device to a smart board for one classroom and art supplies that stimulate the senses of sight, smell and touch.
Teachers who applied for grants were limited to $500 awards, and most of the grants awarded were for $500. Many of the grants for amounts less than $500 were for applications that sought less money.
Among the grant winners Shannon Davis, who works with special education students at Earl Bradsher, South Elementary, North End Elementary, Southern Middle School and Person High School; Michelle Whitt in the school system’s early intervention program; Dawn Broadnax at Helena Elementary; Kechal King Motley at Person High School; Amando Bedo, Beth Casteel, Katy Watson, Ashley Clayton, Demetra Carver and Kelly Duncan all from Stories Creek Elementary.