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Foundation Awards More Than $8,300 Grants


Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation has awarded over $8,300 in 27 teacher mini-grants. The grants were presented during a reception Tuesday afternoon in the Leggett Auditorium at Halifax Regional Hospital.

This is the second year the HCPS Education Foundation has awarded the mini-grants to teachers to fund educational projects. The foundation received a total of 72 applications, and 27 were selected to receive grants, according to Audrey Davidson, HCPS Education Foundation executive director. 

Foundation President Logan Young said one of the principal responsibilities of the foundation has been to develop alternative financing resources for education programs in Halifax County Public Schools.

Young also said the foundation wanted to include support for teachers, and the teacher mini-grant program does this.
Virginia “Poo” Roberts, chairman of the Scholarship/Mini-Grant Committee, presented the grants to the recipients.
This year’s winning proposals include:

“Budding Botanists” – $500—Diane Baisch, Tammy Barker, Lynn Bowes, Jennifer Clark, Sophie Song, Jennifer Moore, April Myers, Erica Snead, second grade classes—all seven elementary schools

“Changing Color with Monochromatic Painting” – $195—Krista Skelton, Meadville and Scottsburg elementary schools

“Clay and Kids” – $115.45—Krista Skelton, Cluster Springs ELC and South Boston/Halifax ELC

“Effective School Wide Discipline” – $250—Debbie Bowen, South Boston Elementary School

“Equations Rate!” – $310—Margaret Covington, Donna Elliott, Dianne Holmes, Susie Milam, Dianne Talbott, gifted program—all seven elementary schools

“Fun Day Behavior Modification Program” – $250—Sonya Furgurson, Brenda Tune-Fuller, Meadville Elementary School

“Help One Save One” – $250—Cassandra Crowell, Clays Mill Elementary School

“Identifying Acids and Bases” – $477—Mary Hamlett, Halifax County Middle School

“Is It My Turn YET?: Reading Comprehension Board Games” – $334.96—Karen Smith, Halifax County Middle School

“Larnel Starkey & the Spiritual Seven” performance/Prizery – $156—Judy Chappell, Shelia Irby, Joy Snider, Tonya Howell, Sinai Elementary School

“Life at Jamestown—A Jamestown Outreach Program – $165—Catherine Glass, South Boston Elementary School

“Math is the Name of the Game” – $500—Marilyn Gibson, Cluster Springs Elementary School

“Measurements, Energy & Physics at the Elementary Level” – $500—Heather Cross, Shawn Hudson, Barbara Williams, Scottsburg Elementary School

“Mosaic Sun Catchers” – $175—Forrest Layne, Halifax County Middle School

“Nature’s Magicians and Owls: Awful or Awesome?” – $350.74—Beverly Murray, Cluster Springs Elementary School

“Ocean in Motion” – $500—Patty Davis, Susan Elliott, South Boston Elementary School

“Orff Instruments for the Music Classroom” – $250—Dr. Timothy Duncan, Scottsburg Elementary School and Meadville Elementary School

“Paper Helicopters: How Well Do They Fly?” – $100—Jennifer Crews, Halifax County High School—STEM Academy

“Pennies for Peace Campaign” – $250—Elizabeth McLaughlin, Sydnor Jennings Elementary School

“’Philadanco’ performance at The Prizery” – $123—Teresa Newbill, Kristie Stevens, Betty Williamson, Sinai Elementary School

“Recorder Karate” – $250—Ellen Haskett, South Boston Elementary School

“Science Rocks! Hands on Science at Its Best” – $499.65—Leslie Bohanon, Anthony Pasciuta, Lanette Spencer, Halifax
County High School—STEM Academy

“Showcase of Halifax County Businesses & Organizations” – $500—Lisa Burton, Halifax County Middle School

“Staunton River State Park Adventure” – $154—Francine Davis, Sydnor Jennings Elementary School

“Student Video Production ‘Lights, Camera, Action!!!!!’” – $500—Dr. Charles Lowery, Halifax County Middle School

“’Time-In’ Station” – $208.79—Lisa Saunders, Sinai Elementary School

“Understanding Our Environment” – $500—Cindy Ambrose, Heather Cross, Ann Thomas, Scottsburg Elementary School

Following presentation of the mini-grants, Superintendant of Schools Paul Stapleton gave the closing remarks, recognizing the recipients of the grants and thanking the members of the HCPS Education Foundation board of directors for the work they do to help the local school system.

A total of 50 teachers are involved with the 27 proposals that were selected for funding by the foundation, and 6,003 students, though some are repeated as participants in the grant projects, will benefit from the funding of the mini-grants.