Elizabeth Education Foundation announces 2022 grant recipients

More than $9,000 awarded to educators in Elizabeth School District

The Elizabeth Education Foundation recently announced its 2022 grant recipients. This year, 26 teachers across the district’s five schools received a total of more than $9,000 in grants that go toward bettering the classrooms, teaching opportunities for faculty, and learning experience for students.
The grants are funded through year-long fundraising efforts. Partnerships with local restaurants and discounted community nights with the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth are significant contributors. The Elizabeth Education Foundation also received private donations from anonymous contributors.
Robin Neelley of Elizabeth Middle School is one of this year’s EEF grant recipients. The seventh-grade language arts and reading teacher plans to use her $526 grant toward purchasing books for classroom use.
“'The Lightning Thief' by Rick Riordan is a wonderful text with cross-curricular ties to everything they learn about in world history class, in addition to all of the reading and writing standards that we cover,” said Neelley. “We are so thankful. I told each class when I got the email and we all literally cheered!”
Elizabeth School District Superintendent Dr. William Dallas shared his thoughts about the Elizabeth Education Foundation in a phone interview from Nov. 21. “I think the foundation is a great example of how we come together as a community to support our teachers and students. The grant is a great opportunity for teachers to be able to evolve their classrooms and be suitable to the more immediate needs of the students,” said Dallas. “Donating to the Elizabeth Education Foundation is also a way for people to keep the impact of their gifts local instead of a percentage going toward the running of a larger organization.”
The educators and award amounts are:

Elizabeth High School

Najla Grenz, $225 — world geography curriculum
Summer Katzoff, $500 — weight room equipment
Mel Whitcomb, $300 — Brother color printer
Ginger Zander, $68 — voice amplifier with UHF wireless microphone heads

Elizabeth Middle School

Christy Banks, $490 — XY Coordinate plane peg boards, reflective geo mirrors, etc.
Melanie Barrett, $485 — interactive notebooks and daily practice eBooks
Amy Cullins, $300 — gel electrophoresis equipment
Robin Neelley, $526 — “The Lightning Thief” books

Legacy Academy

Dana Henderson, $54 — poetry unit books
Tracy Kelly, $202 — phonemic awareness books and materials
Amy Lunt, $279 — roll-up dry erase large graph charts

Running Creek Elementary

Chelsey Barnes, $164 — educational sensory manipulatives
Lisa Bosco, $433 — alternative seating
Jessica Conley, $473 — alternative seating
Crystal Conner, $494 — alternative seating
Danielle Gregory, $240 — organizer book tubs
Christina Lucero, $497 — classroom materials, headphones, computer mice and chairs
Jessica Martin-Wegry, $431 — steam toys
Michelle McBeth-Harriger, $265 — outdoor building blocks
Janel Walker-Snider, $177 — “I Survived” books

Singing Hills Elementary

Kaitlyn DeCristino, $382 — Spellography curriculum books
Dominique Hellmun, $495 — flexible seating
Tiffany Roberts, $378 — alternative seating and materials
Jessica Schmidt, $400 — Spellography curriculum books
Emily Stout, $565 — Reading to Ensure Academic Development program
Shelby Stivers, $280 — phonemic awareness book series
To learn more about the Elizabeth Education Foundation or contribute to future grant funding, visit elizabethef.org or email elizabetheducationfoundation@outlook.com.
Elizabeth Education Foundation, Elizabeth School District, grants, Elbert County, Colorado


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