Obion County teachers awarded $10,000 in G.I.F.T.S.
Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 11:07 pm
By: Emily Williams, Messenger Intern
By EMILY WILLIAMS
Obion County students will begin the new school year with a great start as they benefit from new programs made possible by more than $10,000 in “G.I.F.T.S.” or “Grants Inspire Flexible Teaching Strategies.”
Ten elementary school teachers from across the Obion County School System have been awarded the grants, which are administered through the Community Foundation of Obion County.
Applications were submitted by teachers in May and reviewed, and recipients were chosen by independent judges from outside the county.
The grant recipients were announced by Community Foundation board member Jimmy Smith, a former school board member and current Obion County General Sessions judge, and Community Foundation president Mike Cox.
The G.I.F.T.S. Grants were made available through an endowment created by the late Elmo (Short) Worley in honor of her sister, the late Madge Short, who had dedicated her life to teaching and was a longtime educator in the former Samburg and Hornbeak schools.
“‘Miss Madge’ Short was a long-time teacher and, after she passed away, her sister Ms. Elmo Worley wanted to honor her years of making a difference in the lives of children with an endowment of some $200,000, which is administered by the Union City Rotary Club and provides large scholarships to junior and senior college students from the Obion County School System who are majoring in Elementary Education and plan on becoming elementary school teachers,” Smith said. “The major endowment is part of the more than $300,000 which funds G.I.F.T.S.”
This year’s grants bring the total awarded to over $110,000 since the grants were made available in 2005.
“This year there are award recipients from each county elementary school for the first time,” Smith added. “This is noteworthy because all proposals are made by a numbering system and no one knows who the applicants are until judging is completed, so the grants are awarded strictly on merit.”
This year’s G.I.F.T.S. Grants recipients include:
• Elaine Barnett from Hillcrest, “Stories for Everyone.”
• Dana Craddock from Ridgemont, “Our Hands on History.”
• Linda Darnall from Black Oak, “Calculate This!”
• Jessica Eason from Hillcrest, “A Touch of Math.”
• Annette Ferguson from Ridgemont, “Building Better Beginnings.”
• Stacy Gore from South Fulton Elementary, “Let’s Make Learning FUN!”
• Stacy Gray from Lake Road, “Science — It’s Electrifying.”
• Sherry Griffin from Hillcrest, “Literature Learning Centers.”
• Kim Little from Ridgemont, “Get Up and Get to Moving.”
• Melissa Logan from Black Oak, “Managing Emotions.”
Published in The Messenger 8.5.10