Local teachers receive grants through Arkansas Community Foundation

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Twelve local public school teachers were selected recently to receive grants for their classrooms through Arkansas Community Foundation's Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) program. SIMS aims to spark students' interest in science by providing materials for hands-on instruction that brings scientific and mathematical principles to life.

Across the state, 135 schools in 82 school districts received a total of $180,000 for projects ranging from school gardening supplies to dissection kits to teach biology. These projects will benefit thousands of children in grades 5 through 8.

Applications were submitted by teachers in counties served by the Carroll County Community Foundation. The local foundation board members reviewed each proposal and were able to provide support for 18 middle school classrooms from Alpena, Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest.

"We are thankful for teachers who take the initiative to apply for our SIMS minigrants to benefit their students and for administrations that encourage their efforts," said Janell Robertson, executive director of the local foundation. "This year we are proud to say that several of our local teachers applied for multiple minigrants to support their different classrooms and grade levels."

Local teachers receiving minigrants are:

Alpena (six classrooms): Roger Rose, Paula Criner and Sarah Shields

Berryville (four classrooms): Andrew Killingsworth, Ashley Hill, Jesse Parker and Lisa Youngblood

Eureka Springs (five classrooms): Sharon Wesley, Peggy Jones-Poe, and William Griffin

Green Forest (three classrooms): Sarah Underdown and Jackie Stoppel

Annual funding for this program is made possible by an endowed gift to the Community Foundation from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Teachers may apply for SIMS grants beginning in May of each year; visit arcf.org for more information.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $120 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to your local Carroll County Community Foundation are fully tax deductible. Learn more at www.arcf.org/carrollcounty

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