VALDOSTA, GA – This year our local State Farm Insurance agents; Paul Cribbs, Angie Crawford, Bubba Highsmith, Travis Pate and Brian Sumner, provided the Valdosta City Schools Foundation with $5,085 to be awarded in State Farm Teacher Incentive Grants. Teachers within our system were asked to complete a grant application outlining their project objectives, desired results, how they planned to measure them, parent involvement within the projects and a budget. The Foundation received 29 applications and on February 24, eleven teachers were selected to receive full or partially funded grants.
Lauren Baker, a 5th grade teacher at S.L. Mason was awarded $360.63 to implement her “Student-Choice Impacts Reading” program. Kim Baker, special education teacher for 1st and 3rdgrade students Sat W.G. Nunn; Gretta Truitt, 2nd grade teacher at S.L. Mason; and Kristi Goff, 5th grade teacher at W.G. Nunn were all granted $210 to utilize stability balls to improve student attentiveness, test performance, and to lessen behavior disruptions.
Bryan Layton received $150 through the teacher incentive grant, to implement “Bringing Books to Life” with his 7th grade students at Valdosta Middle School. The next grant recipient, Linda Sermons, a media specialist at J.L. Lomax was awarded $654.90 for her project “Kindling the Love of Reading” to help raise comprehension and fluency levels through a variety of genres.
Rachel Miller was awarded $550.49 for her 4th grade students at W.G. Nunn to improve her students’ reading comprehension through vocabulary acquisition, determination of word meanings, and use of context clues.
The next recipient, Charlene Rickman was awarded $560 for her 4th and 5th grade students at W.G. Nunn to purchase books to increase student achievement in preparation for the “Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.” Danielle Gibbs received $660 to implement her plan entitled “Innovative and Critical Thinking for Young Kids” for Kindergarten through 5th grade students at Pinevale Elementary.
Carolyn Dow was awarded $735 to purchase Kindles and eBooks to impact struggling and below grade level readers at S.L. Mason. The final grant recipient, David Swanson received $782 with plans to implement “Bringing Physics to Life” to his students at Valdosta High School.
Source: Valdosta City Schools Press Release