12 Reeds Spring Teachers Earn Power Up Grants


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


Grant Winners

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

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