MONROE – More than 20 Union County Public Schools teachers recently received grants for 22 projects that boost literacy, bridge the achievement gap and spur students toward careers and college.
The Union County Education Foundation awards grants, dubbed “Leadership and Innovation Funding for Teachers,” each year. Grants range from $500 to $1,500.
Education leaders, including Melissa Merrell, Amy Sperry and Fred Edwards, presented checks to five teachers that won LIFT grants of $750 and higher.
• Julia Fincher (Piedmont High) – Special needs students will revive the school’s greenhouse, helping students grow by learning life skills. The $1,500 grant will buy pots, soil, seeds and tools to prolong the project.
• Tiffany Medford (Piedmont High) – The $750 grant will fund the creation of outdoor lanterns for global studies, world history, art and exceptional classes. A literacy initiative will help students understand their use globally.
• Bridget Burrows (Porter Ridge Middle) – The $750 grant will help special needs students learn and perform basic choreography for a “Shrek Jr.” song. The project is expected to reach special needs students throughout the cluster.
• Melissa Wheeler (Poplin Elementary) – The $1,500 grant helps buy supplies, soil, books and science supplies for a school garden. This will provide access to the outdoors, while building skills in literacy, science and math.
• Melissa Cook (Union County Early College) – The $1,000 grant will be used to buy robotics kits that will allow students learn STEM and 21st century skills through robotic technology.