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Featured Grant Story: Mini-Grants for Teachers

The Community Foundation of West Texas is pleased to announce the awarding of Mini-Grants for Teachers totaling over $40,000 to forty-nine South Plains Area elementary and secondary school teachers. During yesterday’s reception, the audience was full of creative, intentional and dedicated teachers ready to implement creative classroom projects during the 2019 – 2020 school year. These new projects provide exceptional educational opportunities for more than 6,000 students (See the table below).

The 21-year-old Mini-Grants for Teachers program recognizes the commitment of great teachers and awards grants of up to $1,500 for innovative classroom projects that will enrich their curriculum. All K-12 teachers who teach in an accredited school within the South Plains area are eligible to apply in June of each year. Funding for the 2019 mini grants cycle was provided by the South Plains Foundation, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Dr. Lou Diekemper, the Rushing Endowment, the Bigham Fund, the Odyssey Endowment, the Larry & Marry Franklin Endowment, and an anonymous donor.

Lubbock Area Teachers receiving 2019 - 2020 Mini-Grants

Since 1998, the Mini-Grants for Teachers program has awarded 651 grants to 637 teachers in 123 schools in 19 school districts. Mini-Grants totaling over $440,000 have provided enriching academic experiences for thousands of students. Mini-Grants proudly recognizes and rewards outstanding efforts of teachers in the South Plains region.

In addition to assisting teachers through the Mini-Grants for Teachers Program, the Community Foundation of West Texas currently administers three hundred and four (304) funds with assets exceeding $48 million. Hundreds of grants and scholarships are awarded each year to address community needs in the areas of education, social services, health and human services, arts and culture, and civic and community. The Community Foundation of West Texas exists to help people who care about the Lubbock and the South Plains area to invest - at any level - in its future.

Mini-Grants for Teacher 2019 - 2020 Awardees:

Jared Warsing Roosevelt ISD

Tsiolkovsky Level Rocket PBL Project Plan

Kim Mock Kingdom Preparatory Academy

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!"

Michelle Post Plainview Christian Academy

9th - Insect Collection 12th - Brain Dissection

Shanna Sides Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Bolder Builders!

Marcy Martinez Trinity Christian Elementary School

Choose Your Best Spot In

Amy Pebsworth Capitol Elementary School

Classroom Library Enhancement

Tara Lehman New Home Independent School District

Clay Works V

Vicki Sellers Crosbyton Middle School

Dangerous Silences: Surviving Despot Rulers, Then and Now

Ollie Hart Abernathy Elementary School

Dash Ahead

Karen Earhart Plainview Christian Academy

Concentration of a Solution: Beer's Law

Mindy Hamilton Trinity Christian Elementary School

Code, Create, Collaborate.

Lindsey Sexton Southcrest Christian School

Elementary Robotics for Makerspace

Christi Peck South Elementary School

Engaging Classroom Library

Trey Ogletree Jayne Ann Miller Elementary

Flexible Seating for Dynamic Learning

Dee Ann Helton Plainview Christian Academy

Escaping the Ordinary: Breakout Boxes for Classroom Enrichment

Shawn Pebsworth Capitol Elementary School

Classroom Library Enhancement

Candace Cameron All Saints Episcopal School

Finding Our Singing Voices Through Puppetry

Norma Luker Roosevelt Elementary

Flexible Seating

Amanda Sutterfield Plainview Christian Academy

Experimentation Station

Darra Brown Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Family Game Night

Barbara Young Frenship ISD Westwind Elementary

Fractions - It's All About The Parts

Elizabeth Jack Oak Ridge Elementary

Hands on Science and STEM Lab

Amy Reece Slaton Junior High

Identifying Relationship Between Force, Mass, and Acceleration

Kristy Sanders Capitol Elementary

Improving Hand-Eye Coordination and Balance

Valerie Moore Plainview Christian Academy

Geometry: Seeing is Believing

Dr. Penny Carpenter All Saints Episcopal School

School Growing Green

Mark Lang Roosevelt Elementary School

Hands on Kinesthetic

Chelsea Brady Upland Heights Elementary School

Its Osmo Time!

Milene de Farias Southcrest Christian School

Kindling the Spark of STEAM

Pat Hightower Spur Elementary School

Let’s Celebrate the Bill of Rights and Voting Rights Amendments

Shavonne Gowens Crosbyton Elementary School

Literacy Enrichment Program

Kaci Lee College Hill Elementary

Math Literacy Library

Alison Dailey Oak Ridge Elementary

Multisensory Reading & Spelling Kits

Dallas Grimes Roosevelt Jr. High School

Manifest Destiny

Ashley Davis Levelland Middle School

Science in Action

Crystal Osborn Post Elementary School

Sciencecabulary: A "Word" About Science Vocabulary

Irma Sizer All Saints Episcopal School

Self discovery through printmaking: A print exchange portfolio

Erin West Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Setting the Stage for Success: Discovering Potential Through Creativity

Wanda Shelton Garza County Detention Center Campus

Solving the Changing Variables of a Blended Math Classroom

Shana Keeton Oak Ridge Elementary

Response to Reading Intervention Materials and Activities

Tee Hale Spur Elementary School

Spur Science Students Seek Sustainability

Brent Parr Roosevelt Jr. High School


Tate Albright Heritage Middle School

Student Take Reading Back Literature Circles

Leslie Tatum Estacado High School

Theatre Safety and Storage

Bethany Williams Plainview Christian Academy

Thundering Math Triple Toss

Allison Sell Hillcrest Elementary School

Ukelele Utopia

Stephanie King Kingdom Preparatory Academy

Understanding DNA and Building DNA Models

Charla Cogdill Levelland Middle School

Visualizing the Spectrum

Michael Garza Wilson Independent School District

Renewable Energy West Texas

These teachers, with their commitment to innovation and education, are making a daily difference in the lives of kids in our community and our future. It's inspiring to watch. We here at CFWTX are grateful to play a part in helping them achieve these goals!

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