Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce presents education grants
by Ralph B. Davis
PIKEVILLE — The Links for Learning Golf Scramble began in 2008. In five years, the Chamber has raised over $50,000 for the Chamber’s Foundation for Education, an endowment fund for education in the region.
The Foundation is governed by an independent Education Foundation Committee. Throughout a two month application period in the fall, any teacher or administrator in any of the eight counties, Independent or Private school systems were able to contact the Chamber and fill out an application for whatever needs they may have for their classrooms (books, technology, lab equipment, etc.).
The Chamber’s Foundation for Education has awarded $25,000 in grants to schools throughout the region, including $5,000 ($1,250 each) in grants awarded in February 2013 to Beaver Creek Elementary, Phelps Elementary, Pikeville High School, and Shelby Valley High School after an advanced application process.
Each year the Chamber fulfills as many of these requests as possible with the money that is raised at the golf scramble, so support from all members is encouraged and appreciated, not only by Chamber members, but indirectly by the students from the region.
The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank the Links for Learning Golf Scramble sponsors Speaker, Greg Stumbo; Senator Ray S. Jones; Senator, Johnny Ray Turner; Representative Leslie Combs; Representative W. Keith Hall as well as Appalachian Wireless, Shred-All Documents, and Walters Automotive, for making the Links for Learning Education Endowment Fund possible.
Beaver Creek Elementary’s Candace Nickles, grant applicant, and Jody Keens, principal, would like to expand their dramatic teaching and readers’ theater. The school plans to use the grant to purchase puppets and a puppet stage, in order to enhance their lessons, provide a great visual, and to allow all students’ participation in drama.
Phelps Elementary’s Kari Beth Mayhorn, grant applicant and Angela Lester, principal, plan to purchase three iPad’s for students with learning and behavioral disorders or those below grade level in the areas of reading and math. The school plans to take advantage of the wealth of free applications available through the iPad that specifically promote learning for students.
Pikeville High School’s Kelly Scott, grant applicant, and Michael Rowe, principal, are planning to purchase a Snap & Grow Greenhouse and other supplies in order to grow their own food for the cafeteria. This will help in educating the students the importance agriculture plays in our daily lives.
Shelby Valley High’s Zelda Hall, grant applicant, and Gregory Napier, principal, plan to use the grant money to purchase new science lab equipment. This will help to better prepare their students for the ACT and expose them to more rigorous hands-on lab experiments.
For more information on how your school could win a grant, contact the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce at 1 (877) 738-4400.
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