Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) Board of Education (BOE) is proud to announce the completion of the second year of awarding grants to staff. Educators were surprised yesterday with news of receiving their award, balloons, and certificates. Grants awarded will be used for the 2019-2020 school year to foster innovation and creativity in classrooms. Through these grants the district’s innovative efforts and student-centered classrooms will be enhanced and expanded to provide greater opportunities. The board strives to foster innovation in classrooms, empower ideas that MACS educators have, and promote creative student involvement for their learning.
Twenty-three grant applications were submitted and 14 educators received full funding through 12 grants totalling $13,400. Two of the grants were submitted collaboratively with two teachers in one proposal. B. H. Tharrington Primary had three grants funded, J. J. Jones Intermediate had two grants funded, Mount Airy Middle received three funded grants, and Mount Airy High School received four funded grants.
Penny Willard, Director of Innovative Programming, shared, “MACS educators exemplify innovative learning experiences for all students through their BOE grant proposals. A great example of innovation will now be provided by Jennifer Jones, Mount Airy High School English teacher through her grant titled, No More Bland Books: Spicing Up World Literature. Jones will facilitate a multi-sensory learning experience through a Yum Box subscription, which will enhance her World Literature class and broaden students’ understanding of culture, traditions and global literature.”
Board of Education Chairman Tim Matthews stated, “Congratulations to all recipients of the BOE grants. These grants enhance the instruction and learning provided to our students. We're proud to recognize and support the innovation and leadership displayed by our teachers. The BOE extends special thanks to our community and business partners for their ongoing support of Mount Airy City Schools.”
Superintendent Dr. Kim Morrison noted, “This is a reflection of our BOEs support of staff’s innovative ideas. These teacher grants bring our talented and hard working educators’ ideas to life and create fun and engaging classrooms for our students. Congratulations to all the winners!”