Scott Dille, Kelsey Reimink and Laura Loutensock
At the Teacher Appreciation breakfast put on by our local PIE Organization that was held on Friday, April 4th, PIE representatives also handed out their first Classroom Grants. Five teachers received classroom grants ranging from $250 - $1000.
Partners In Education, or PIE, held its annual Carnival back in March which raised over $3,000. This year PIE decided to give the money back to the classroom in the form of grants. All teachers were eligible to apply. After careful consideration, PIE narrowed down the applications to five winners.
Laura Loutensock, elementary computer teacher, received $1,000 for Netop software in the computer lab. Stefan Betley, 7-12 Spanish teacher, and Kelsey Reimink, 7-12 science teacher, each received a $500 grant toward the purchase of an iPad for their classrooms. Fifth grade teacher, Theresa Tharp, received $250 for individual student dry erase boards and makers. Marcia Dalton, K-6 music teacher, will purchase a music activity rug for her classroom with her $250 grant. Christiana Martinez, K-6 art teacher, received a $250 grant which will go toward the purchase of a mini-might slab roller for clay projects in the art room. An the last $250 grant went to Mr. Dille, K-6 physical education teacher, for the purchase of an equipment rack for playground equipment such as ball, jump ropes, and other equipment.
The entire teaching staff was grateful for the money from PIE being focused on classrooms. The staff values the support of PIE and looks forward to many other endeavors on behalf of the school and students.