AMORY – The Quality Education Foundation (QEF) used the Amory Rotary meeting on Thursday, May 9, to award its annual grants to Amory School District teachers.
ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL QUALITY EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS – Amory School District teachers receiving Quality Education Foundation grants are (l-r), Jamie Houston, Audrey Noy, Shirley Moore, Susan Gillentine, Amy Shelly, Nan Moon, Masha Laney, Debbie Leech, Jerry Larkin, Emily Allmond, Dianne Young, and Robert Smith.
Since QEF was organized in 1997, more than $300,000 has been awarded to teachers in the ASD. Teachers are invited to apply for funds they can use to implement creative programs and learning methods in their classrooms. The QEF is unique in that it offers grant assistance directly to individual teachers when no other source of funding is available for special projects and materials. The QEF board is made up of non-compensated volunteers committed to improving education in the Amory School District. The following grants were awarded: Jerry Larkin – $950 for Engineering & Robotics; Robert Smith – $674 for Metal Fabrication; Dianne Young – $351 for Culinary Arts; Shirley Moore – $404 for Family & Consumer Science; Masha Laney – $360 for U.S. History; Amy Shelly – $900 for Special Ed, Algebra I; Susan Gillentine – $1500 Gifts, Fine Arts, Choir, and Yearbook; Audrey Noy – $299 for Science; Nan Moon – $1100 for visual arts; Debbie Leech – $1000 for East Elementary School library; Jamie Houston – $1500 for West Amory Elementary School library; West Amory Elementary School Second Grade Teachers – $1500 for classroom sets of non-fiction books; Tony Cook and Andrea Patterson – $7500 for East Amory Elementary School third grade teachers, Aligning Literacy to Common Core State Standards. This year’s “Gilmore Foundation Early Education Classroom Grant” is funded by GF and administered by QEF. All third grade teachers will use this program to make better readers and writers of their students as they align their instruction to Common Core Standards. “There are few professions more admirable than teaching. QEF respects you and admires what you do. We wish more teachers had applied. We appreciate teachers with enough interest to go above and beyond their usual duties,” said QEF vice president Mike Manning. Manning also told the Rotarians and teachers that all QEF funds are raised strictly through donations from businesses, individuals and others. “We live in a community that supports public education. If people didn’t support education, we could not award these monies,” Manning said.