“It’s a day the board and I look forward to,” Jason Goodgame, president of the Pell City Schools Educational Foundation Program, Inc., told teachers who attended the grants ceremony at the Pell City Center. “We work hard to give you as much as we possibly can.”
Coosa Valley Elementary School was awarded the most grants, 15, while the high school followed with 13 grants. Eden Elementary School collected 11 grants.
Duran North Junior High School and Kennedy Elementary School both received nine grants apiece.
Duran South Junior High School received six grants and Williams Intermediate School received one grant.
Teachers from the high school received the most grant money, $4,718.
This year, 15 of 54 teachers received two grants.
Grant requests were judged on their merit, without the name of the teacher or school applying for grant money.
Each grant was graded 1-10, with a 10 being the highest score. The scores for each grant application were averaged for a final tally. The grants with the highest average scores were awarded grants, ranging from about $40 to close to $500.
Goodgame said grant money comes from interest the Pell City Schools Educational Foundation Program Inc. earns from nearly $700,000 the organization has invested in money market accounts.
He said the grant money awarded to each teacher is used directly in the classroom.
This year, there were a total of 120 grant applications from system teachers, or about $34,353 worth of grant requests.
“The 120 applications were all good grant requests,” Goodgame said. “It (the grant selection) was really close.”
He thanked the teachers for their time and work in submitting grant applications.
Goodgame said the Educational Foundation Board has not raise as much money in past year as it would have liked and interest rates have been low.
At Tuesday’s grant ceremony he recognized former Pell City teacher Deanna Lawley for her individual fundraising efforts, which contributes thousands of additional dollars for grants each year.
Lawley also serves on the Pell City Education Foundation Program, Inc.
Goodgame also recognized Jackie Robinson for her hard work and administrative services to the Pell City Schools Educational Foundation Program, Inc.
Teachers who received grant checks Tuesday from the Pell City Schools Educational Foundation program were as follows: Micha Anez, Krista Baker, Amy Beck, Belinda Blackstone, Lauren Brascho, Rachel Carr, James Causey, Andrea Cence, Amy Clardy, Jerry Crowder, Valerie Curtis, Kathy Dent, Jennifer Donaldson, Cherith Fluker, Shalonda Gaddis, Susan Graham, Jeanette Harmon, Vickie Hartzog, Dianna Havard, Annette Head, Tara Henderson, Kelly Hicks, Lorraine Hill, Regina Hubbard, Jamie Hughes, Maegan Jolly, Terry Kincaid, Megan Kritlein, Wendy Latham, Amy Lee, Kayla Lee, Sherri Lindsey, Tara McBurnett, Katie McCombs, Elizabeth McIntosh, Crystal Mitchell, Allison Newton, Julie Payne, Robbie Preston, Heather Rawlinson, Michelle Shelton, Amanda Slaughter, Meredith Snow, Doug Stahlhut, Debra Stephens, Rachael Tawbush, Chrestie Thach, Brittney Turner, Diane Waid, Debbie Warren, Rahel White, Marie Word, Sunni Wyatt, and Michaela Young.