Almost $25,000 in grant money was awarded to seven area educators.
The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization, presented the awards during a Nov. 19 “Prize Parade.”
Grants, varying from $5,000 to $400, are used to support innovative projects and programs as part of the Educator Initiative Program.
The Prize Parade surprised recipients at their respective schools with large checks, balloons and a celebratory entourage, said Jelaynne Curtis of Clovis Municipal Schools.
“It’s a big hoopla,” she said. “When people give to the foundation, (the grant program is) how the money gets back into the schools … It’s our kids who are benefiting.”
Grant recipients were required to submit grant proposals which were reviewed by committee, according to Curtis.
Grant winners and their programs are:
• An “Apple” a Day: Teachers Dana Horne and Diana Santellana, Cameo Elementary
• “AVer” Think About Living with Prairie Dogs?: Teacher Carrie Geisler, Parkview Elementary
• Early Identification of Hearing Loss: Educational Audiologist Rachel Lingnau, Student Support Center
• Gear Up with Mimio : Teacher Allison Parkey, Lockwood Elementary
• Put Your Best Foot Forward: Teachers Mike Perkins, Maria Sierra, Kristina Roehrig, Kathy Gomez, Amy Garcia and Instructional Coach, Kayla Pipkin, Yucca Middle School
• Kitten Math Camp: Teachers Mary Ann Collings, Dustie Gonzalez, Luis Campoz, Donna Tivis, Terry Pipkin, Cary Webskowski and Instructional Coach, Mandy Carpenter, Marshall Middle School
• Music Media Technology: Teacher Corey Picket, Clovis High School