From Staff Reports
Seven Bossier Parish teachers are on the receiving end of $15,000 in grant money for classroom enhancements, thanks to the generosity of the Optimist Club of Bossier City and its continuing commitment to be a “Friend of Youth.”
The educators were recognized at an awards luncheon May 27 at Ralph and Kacoo’s, hosted by the Optimist Club. This is the 24th year the civic organization has awarded grants to Bossier teachers, totaling $387,000.
“Most of this year’s winning submissions are for technology-related grants,” said Judy Podner, who coordinates the Optimist Teacher Grant program on behalf of Bossier Parish Schools. “The 21st century classroom demands students have access to technology and with limited district and state funding, it is nearly impossible to keep up with changing technology without community partners like the Optimist Club of Bossier.”
This year 52 grant proposals were submitted. The seven recipients of the 2015 Optimist Teacher Grants are: Savannah Anderson, Airline High; Megan Chaddick, Benton Middle; Aundrea Weinreber, Haughton High; Dawn Fausto, Meadowview Elementary; Lyndsi Beard, T.O. Rusheon Middle; Charlene Cooper, T.O. Rusheon Middle; and Jamie Prock and Casey Norenberg, Waller Elementary.
Winning grant requests include everything from Chromebooks to enable project-based learning, Lego Robotics Models to support the district’s STEM initiative, phonics and spelling kits, as well as technology to increase reading fluency and comprehension and to assist in recording and graphing lab data.
Optimist Teachers of the Year were also recognized. They are: Dawn Melvin, Platt Elementary; Kathryn Davis, Haughton Middle; and Stacy Smith, Bossier High.
Bossier Schools Superintendent D.C. Machen told Optimist members, “You have established a legacy like no other civic organization. I will say it every time; there is no community resource more valuable to Bossier Schools than the Optimist Club of Bossier.”