Since 2002, Pierce County School Retirees’ Association has been involved in a program each year to award mini-grants to active teachers in Pierce County. This year 13 teachers in three districts, Clover Park, Peninsula, and University Place, were awarded mini-grants totaling $1,893. Those winners are as follows:
Marcy Schaefer – “Ignite Mentor Leadership”, Lakes High School, Grades 10-12. A program that matches upperclassmen with incoming ninth graders to help with their transition into high school.
Gary Roberts, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) “E2 Wellness Program”, Clover Park High School, Grades 9-12. A program to provide AFJunior ROTC members with fun exercise equipment (soccer balls, footballs, Frisbees, jumping ropes) to be used during wellness classes.
Debbie Owens – “Software Educational Improvement”, Mann Middle School, Grades 6-8. A program for Special Education students to improve visual perception skills, problem solving skills, increase their vocabulary, and learn to use a mouse.
Patricia Hannan – Lakes High School, Grade 9. A health teacher who would like to purchase books on mental, emotional, and social health wellness‚Äîtopics that she covers in her classroom.
Shelley McClellan – “Tacoma Nature Center”, Dower Elementary School, 3rd Grade with team teachers. Money will be used for a field trip for third graders to Tacoma Nature Center to culminate a science unit on Life Cycles of Organisms. They would participate in the “Wetland Wonders” field investigation among other activities.
Shelley has won another grant that will cover the entire cost of the field trip to the Nature Center. Our money would have covered the bus trip alone and the other grant will also cover the admission. She ask us to give the grant money ($140) to another person.
Laura Saxton – “Life Skills Cooking”, Goodman Middle School, Grades 6 – 8. A program for developmentally delayed students where cooking is a weekly event to promote social skills, communications skills, along with basic skill of cooking. The mini-grant would be used to buy groceries for the last two months of school year.
Mary Anne Hughbanks – “A Parade of Genres”, Goodman Middle School, Grades 6 – 8. A reading and health teacher who tries to maintain a contemporary and high-interest level of books in her classroom to motivate students to read.
Valerie Keys – “12 Pack Headphones for Computer Programs”, Discovery Elementary School, Grades 3-5. Headphones will be used by Special Education students to learn a typing program that will help them learn keyboard techniques.
Kathleen Drost – “Body Atlas DVD Set”, Drum Intermediate School, Grades 5-7. This DVD Atlas will add graphic and in-depth dimension in the study of the human body and its system.
Inessa Rosson – “English Language Learners READ”, Curtis Jr. High and High School, Grades 8-12. Program would provide READ bags for students for an at-home program to help students learn values of different cultures in the American school. Bags with information would be given once a week on a rotating basis throughout the school year.
Heidi Walworth-Horn, Amy Stricherz, Tracy Morgan, Michael Miller – “Terra Cotta Excavation Kits”, Drum Intermediate School, Grade 6. A team of social studies teachers who teach units on ancient civilization, including China, are teaching about Emperor Qin Shi Hu and his elaborate tomb including the thousands of terra cotta soldiers. The project includes blocks of clay to be “excavated” by students to find a soldier, which will be researched and painted.
Pierce County School Retirees’ Association members who participated in the judging were: Carolyn Bjerke, Carolyn Patterson, and Mary Sugimoto.