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Humboldt Education Foundation’s second, $2,000 teacher grant cycle impacts many students

Lake Valley Principal and Humboldt Education Foundation member Aimee Fleming and other foundation members announce the recipients of the second cycle of the foundation’s teacher grant projects at the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board meeting on Nov. 12. (Nanci Hutson/Courier)

Lake Valley Principal and Humboldt Education Foundation member Aimee Fleming and other foundation members announce the recipients of the second cycle of the foundation’s teacher grant projects at the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board meeting on Nov. 12. (Nanci Hutson/Courier)

Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training for all 1,700 Bradshaw Mountain High School students - $500.

Electricity kits for fourth graders at Granville Elementary - $300.

A classroom library for a Mountain View Elementary second-grade teacher - $250.

These are three of the five up to $500 grants the Humboldt Education Foundation awarded to teachers in the district for projects that will make a lasting impact for students. The foundation also awarded a $500 grant to help build a music suite at Bradshaw Mountain High School and a $475 grant to Bright Future Preschool for new kitchen sets for one of the classrooms.

The recipient teachers are: Bradshaw Mountain High School teachers Nancy Valley and Amy Van Winkle; Granville Elementary teacher Vicki Erickson; Bright Futures Preschool teacher Jona Lourenco and Mountain View Elementary teacher Courtney Krismer.

In addition, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University donated a three-dimensional printer to the I Choose Academy at Glassford Hill Middle School. That donation is valued at about $400.

The foundation announced its second-round of grant funds at the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12. A third round will be awarded in January; the applications will be distributed on Dec. 13.

For this school year, the foundation intends to award some $6,000 in grants.

In the first cycle of the year, 34 grants worth $2,000 were awarded to benefit some 5,322 students between preschool and high school. About the same amount was awarded for the second cycle.

Lake Valley Principal Aimee Fleming, a foundation member, said the grants are intended to prompt innovations and creative projects and teachers have rallied to do so with the money available.

But more is needed, she said.

Fleming said the foundation grant committee received requests during this cycle for some $35,000 worth of projects. The teachers who were not selected for grants will be referred to other funding sources such as Donors Choose, and other such grant programs, Fleming said.

Through the annual Teacher of the Year banquet scheduled this year for March 24, an event that celebrates students and teachers, the foundation raises money to help cover these teacher grants as well as the Carm Staker Scholarship Award for graduating Bradshaw Mountain High School seniors, the Student Orchestra Project and the Hungry Kids Project.

The fundraising goal for this year’s banquet will be $40,000, Fleming said.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting the website: www.humboldteducationfoundation.org.

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