The Central Kentucky Community Foundation in cooperation with Hardin County Schools distributed nearly $3,700 in Hardin County Schools Partnership Grants to eight of the district’s teachers in five schools.
Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan, Central Kentucky Community Foundation President and CEO Davette B. Swiney, along with other representatives of CKCF and the district, recently presented the grants.
Rebecca Tabb, library media specialist at Woodland Elementary School in Radcliff, applied for a $489 grant to fund a Makerspace at the school. In her application, she said, “Makerspace materials can offer students an opportunity for kinesthetic learning, 21 st century problem-solving skills, and collaboration with their peers.”
“I want the media center to be a learning hub for the school,” she said when she received the grant funding. “It’s really expensive to have a Makerspace in a classroom for one teacher and 25 students. This will allow all Woodland teachers and students to use the Makerspace for its technology components and STEM lessons.”
Woodland Principal Dawn Tarquinio said that without the partnership grant, teachers and staff would go without funding for special projects and enrichment opportunities.
“I had to turn down Ms. Tabb for this amount of money because we don’t have it in our budget,” she said. “If it weren’t for these opportunities, we wouldn’t have these enrichment projects for our students.”
Also receiving grants were:
- William Sweet, Angela Quillin, Corniesa Johnson and Erika Tones, all of Meadow View Elementary School, each received a $500 grant to purchase Game Plan curricula for music, kindergarten, and first and second grades respectively.
- Kimberly Mouser of G.C. Burkhead Elementary School received a $375 grant to purchase Learning Science Safely curricula.
- Angela Hill of Vine Grove Elementary School received a $319 grant to purchase stability ball seating for her classroom.
- Charles Jewell of Lakewood Elementary School received a $500 grant to purchase Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom curricula.
All Hardin County Schools teachers are eligible for the grant, which is awarded periodically throughout the year as needs arise and applications are received. Grants are worth up to $500 and are awarded for supplementary classroom resources to enhance student learning. To apply, teachers can download a grant application by CLICKING HERE.
“We truly appreciate the generosity of those who contribute to the Hardin County Education Fund,” Morgan said. “It provides strong resources to our teachers that help them teach in even more innovative ways. Our staff works hard every day to get the resources to help children excel. It’s through partnerships like the one we have Central Kentucky Community Foundation through the fund that makes student success possible.”
Partnership grants are made possible through the Hardin County Educational Fund managed by Central Kentucky Community Foundation. The fund consists of contributions from alumnus, parents, friends and teachers of Hardin County Schools. Donors can make a one-time contribution or regular gifts to the fund, while district faculty and staff can support the fund through a tax-deductible payroll deduction.
All money contributed to the Hardin County Educational Fund through payroll deduction goes to awarding Partnership Grants.
“We are proud to partner with Hardin County Schools to help teachers meet their instructional goals for their students,” Swiney said. “Without the Hardin County Educational Fund, many teachers in our area would not be able to purchase additional classroom materials that take learning beyond books and increase student engagement.”
Hardin County Schools staff can contribute to the Hardin County Educational Fund by filling out a payroll deduction form and submitting it to your schools’ office. To download a form, go to CLICK HERE. Others wishing to contribute to the fund can call Central Kentucky Community Foundation at 270-737-8393.
About Central Kentucky Community Foundation
Central Kentucky Community Foundation is the philanthropic focal point of the region, serving as a resource, leader and catalyst to people who wish to improve life in their community. For more about CKCF, CLICK HERE.