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PUSD celebrates first round of foundation grants

Superintendent Joe Howard, right, celebrates the delivery of checks to Prescott Unified School District teachers.
Photo by Les Bowen.

Superintendent Joe Howard, right, celebrates the delivery of checks to Prescott Unified School District teachers.

PRESCOTT – Nine teachers in Prescott Unified School District shared in the nearly $12,000 awarded last week by the PUSD Education Foundation.

The foundation made a big to-do Thursday, April 7, as they traveled to four district schools to present checks to teachers.

“They don’t get a check in the mail. We deliver it in style,” said Superintendent Joe Howard, who also sits on the foundation board.

An entourage of foundation members traveled from school to school on a district bus and caused a stir in each school’s halls as the drum line from Prescott High School’s marching band announced their presence.

At Granite Mountain School, the ruckus of the marching band came during the middle of the sixth-grade’s AzMerit tests, so the celebration was limited to just part of the school.

But at both Lincoln Elementary School and Prescott Mile High Middle School, the parade made a circuitous march through every building before stopping to present oversized checks to the winning – and unsuspecting – teachers.

At Prescott High School, art teachers Amanda Chartier, Debbie Hammer and Ann Hein received a $5,000 team grant for a watercolor and Copic marker study.

Another $5,000 team grant went to Jamie Bjune, Jennifer Griffith and Sandy Lutz at Lincoln Elementary School for a fourth grade filmmaking program that will impact both in-class activities and afterschool programs.

Granite Mountain art teacher Elizabeth Couvreur received $963 grant for technology, and Prescott Mile High Middle School art teacher Brandon Uftring received $903 to integrate digital art in his class.

The presentations were the first round of grants the 2-year-old PUSD Education Foundation presented.

Foundation leaders said they intend to award grants every semester as a way of sustaining ongoing innovation in PUSD classrooms.

Executive committee member Krista Carman said the foundation intends to present grants to teachers at every school in Prescott Unified School District, with award presentations each semester.

The foundation, which is a nonprofit charitable organization, is one way community members can contribute more than the $400 tax-credit limit they can donate directly to the school district.

For more information about the foundation, visit http://pusdeducationfoundation.com/

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