Teachers receive classroom support from foundation

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$25,000 awarded for EIS projects

By Kelly Cantrall

Teachers across Elizabethtown Independent Schools received welcome visitors bearing welcome gifts on Friday.

The Elizabethtown Education Foundation presented $25,000 worth of grants to EIS teachers, surprising teachers in their classroom with oversized checks and balloons. The grant money is used to fund various projects and buy supplies.

The amount given far surpasses what the foundation has been able to give in the past and the sum fits the foundation’s 25-year anniversary. Last year, the foundation raised between $7,000 to $8,000 to be used for grants.

The foundation raises money through a fundraising event as well as a district staff campaign and a public campaign. The ability to help students in the district inspires foundation members, board member April Jackson said.

“That’s our motivation, to know that it all comes back to the students,” Jackson said.

The foundation gave 28 grants to teachers at all five schools as well as the alternative center. They received 33 grant applications totaling $44,000 in requests.

Kristy Pritchard, a teacher at Morningside Elementary School, received a grant along with others for $500 to purchase a Nook to allow struggling readers to listen to audio books.

“It’s such a blessing,” Pritchard said. “It’s such a wonderful organization and what they give back to our schools is incredible.”

Third-grade teachers at Morningside received $750 to purchase 25 Common Core Coach math books, which address new math standards. Teacher Wesley Hatfield said they chose the books because they knew they would have a wide reach within the school.

“We felt like it directly impacted every student in third grade,” Hatfield said.

The board members were pleased to travel from school to school to share the news. Board member Tehmina Haider was happy to take part.

“It was a great, fun day,” Haider said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.