The Central Kentucky Community Foundation surprised Woodland Ele­men­tary School teacher Rebecca Tabb with a grant Friday morning.

The grant is a Hardin County Schools Partnership grant and eight have been awarded to teachers from five different schools this year.

Tabb, the library media specialist at Woodland Elementary in Radcliff, applied for a $489 grant to create a MakerSpace in the school’s media center.

“I’d really like to see our library to be a hub of learning for our school and something every student and teacher can use,” Tabb said.

The MakerSpace will give students a place to learn without the pressures of testing and grades as well as give students a space to explore, she said.

“It’s going to give the kids hands-on experience that the teachers don’t always have the funds to provide in their classroom and this will be one central location where they can use it and give their kids exposure to it,” she said.

A total of $3,687.22 has been awarded through the partnership program.

Funds are made possible through payroll deductions that teachers can elect to have taken out of their salary and 100 percent of that money goes into the classroom grants, said Davette Swiney, foundation president.

“The partnership grant program is a great opportunity for teachers to come together collectively to help fund specific projects for individual classrooms,” Swiney said. “It’s a real testament to how much our teachers care about their students and the experiences they have that they choose to give back in this way.”

The teachers apply for projects they want to do that might be new, innovative or different and aren’t in their regular budget, she said.

Woodland Principal Dawn Tarquinio said she had to turn down Tabb’s request because there wasn’t enough money in the budget for it. Because of cuts in other areas, all the extra funds were spoken for, she said.

“If it weren’t for these opportunities, we wouldn’t have the extra stuff for enrichment for our kids,” Tarquinio said.

As a library media specialist, Tabb wants to expose children to new technologies to help expand their learning.

The other seven grants were given out throughout the school year.

William Sweet, Angela Quillin, Corniesa Johnson and Erika Tones of Meadow View Elementary School received a $500 grant each for Game Plan curriculum.

Kimberly Mouser of G.C. Burkhead Elementary School received a $375 grant for Learning Science Safely curriculum. Angela Hill of Vine Grove Elementary School received a $319 grant for classroom stability ball seating and Charles Jewell of Lakewood Elementary School received a $500 grant for children’s literature in the music classroom.

“We truly appreciate the generosity of those who contribute to the Hardin County Education Fund,” Super­intendent Teresa Morgan said Friday in a news release. “It provides strong resources to our teachers that help them teach in even more innovative ways.”

To learn more about how to give to or apply for partnership grants, go to hwww.ckcf4people.org.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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