Talladega City Schools Foundation awards $14,000 in grants
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA – The City Schools Foundation announced 24 new grants for the coming school year totaling $14,000. The grant requests were submitted by teachers within the system. The grants were announced Thursday evening during a banquet at Talladega High School.

The program began with the dedication of a chair to Bob McBride, a founding member of the City School Foundation in 1992. McBride has donated $10,000 to the foundation.

The grants went to teachers at all of the city’s schools and covered a wide range of topics and subjects.

At Talladega High School, Carolyn Waters Connor was awarded $850 for the human teaching torso; Chad Usrey got $300 for greenhouse benches, Sharon Anderson got $144.95 for technology for special needs students and Candis Posey received $636 for iPads, Kimberley Mitchell got $160 for cooking with speed and Joseph Huss got $699.86 for drives for computer assisted design.

At Zora Ellis Junior High School, Andrea Taylor was awarded $1,000 for gifted learners as United Nations members, Shana Webb got $800 for Beta in Action and Matt Martindale got $1,800 for bandstands and saxophones.

At Graham Elementary School, Mandy Armbrester was awarded $388.75 for the Be a Little Scientist program, and Amy Crowe and Janice Rigdon were awarded $1,600 for Fun in the Sun for Special Education.

At C.L. Salter Elementary School, Betty Street got $349 for sitting for learning, Natasha Garrett got $550 for a center for Kindles, Jennifer Daugherty got $360 for interactive science lessons, Mary Sims got $700 for iPads for kids, Ashley Hester got $200 for first grade farmers, Erin Thielker got $636 for interactive language learning, Nicole Korreckt got $303.37 for non-fiction is vital and Sheryl Fuller and Pat Heath got $70 for mouse pads.

At Houston Elementary, Whit Mitchell got $1,134 for six bows and three targets for an archery program, Dawn Haywood got $600 for iPads for pre-k and Jana Hadley got $169.98 for Apple TV and a wireless printer.

At R.L. Young, Roxanne Lambeth got $300 for Book Nook and $266.80 for Alabama Studies Weekly.

Two special grants were awarded by the foundation earlier in the year, including one for $500 to start an archery program at Zora Ellis and $2,000 for the Talladega High robotics team to compete in Auburn.

The archery and robotics teams both gave demonstrations following the grant presentations.

This year’s foundation president is Scott Munroe, who was also master of ceremonies Thursday night. Dale Waller is vice president and Graham Hadley is the secretary.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com

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