A dozen Reeds Spring School district classrooms received a jolt of good news. White River Valley Electric Cooperative awarded the district $6,840 worth of Power Up Grants.
“Projects that utilize funding from Power Up have a positive impact on classrooms in our communities,” said Nathan Stearns, WRVEC Community Programs Coordinator. “We are proud to offer a grant program that aids teachers in providing a well-rounded education to area students.”
To be considered, proposals need to promote higher learning and meet school standards. Teachers are required to submit their plan, an itemized list of supplies not to exceed $750, and a letter of project approval from the school district’s administrative office.
“This was our most competitive year to date,” said Stearns. “We would like to congratulate the winners and hope that increased competition will drive innovation and student influence.”
Power Up educational grants are funded through Operation Round Up. Funds come from cooperative members who allow their bills to be rounded up to the next dollar. Since ORU began 28 years ago, more than $4 million has been returned to the community.
Congratulations to the following Reeds Spring School District teachers who earned grants:
Erin Bentley - Primary School
Charlie Burk - Primary School
Jennifer Mitchell - Primary School
Amy Moler - Primary School
Adria Simkins - Primary School
Christa Ball - Elementary School
Jennifer Bookhout - Elementary School
Ashley Kohl - Elementary School
Tricia Weydert - Middle School
Megan Jenkins-Smith - High School
Matt Locke - High School
Heather Sargent - High School
Front Row (L to R): Tricia Weydert, Erin Bentley, Nathan Stearns, Jerry Jenkins, Amy Moler, Adria Simkins
Back Row (L to R): Ashley Kohl, Jennifer Bookhout, Megan Jenkins-Smith, Heather Sargent, Matt Locke
Not Pictured: Christa Ball, Charlie Burk, Jennifer Mitchell