The Midlothian Education Foundation Star Patrol surprised 13 teachers on Friday with four innovative teaching grants totaling $24,572.36. These grants will provide learning opportunities that go above and beyond every day classroom activities.
The first stop was made at LaRue Miller Elementary School. With the Midlothian High School drum line in tow, members of the Education Foundation Board marched their way into the school's gymnasium. Board members presented Amber Grant, Jennifer Lassetter, Laurie Garippa, Sherrie Gunter and Blane Rogers with a check totaling 4,943.24. The grant money will be used to put into place a Yamaha Modular Music Lab.
After surprising the students and teachers of LaRue, board members and band member loaded the school bus in order to make their way over to Frank Seale Middle School. The foundation presented a $2,129.12 check to Tonya Colman, Guadalupe Mendoza, Kayleigh Jenkins and Michelle Wolf. They will use the money to establish the Middle School Movement Project.
Vitovsky Elementary School was the final stop of the day. The Education Foundation presented two checks to two different classes on the elementary school's campus. The first check totaling $2,500 was given to Michelle Duale. She said she is going to use the money to promote physical activity while learning science, social studies and other subjects. The project is called the Walking Classroom.
A final check in the amount of $15,000 was presented to Kim Cavendar, Tami Lowman and Paula Freeman for their Digital Natives & New Tech Gadgets grant.