Grant money awarded to area educators

CNJ staff

Almost $25,000 in grant money was awarded to seven area educators.

The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization, presented the awards during a Nov. 19 “Prize Parade.”

Grants, varying from $5,000 to $400, are used to support innovative projects and programs as part of the Educator Initiative Program.

The Prize Parade surprised recipients at their respective schools with large checks, balloons and a celebratory entourage, said Jelaynne Curtis of Clovis Municipal Schools.

“It’s a big hoopla,” she said. “When people give to the foundation, (the grant program is) how the money gets back into the schools … It’s our kids who are benefiting.”

Grant recipients were required to submit grant proposals which were reviewed by committee, according to Curtis.

Grant winners and their programs are:

• An “Apple” a Day: Teachers Dana Horne and Diana Santellana, Cameo Elementary

• “AVer” Think About Living with Prairie Dogs?: Teacher Carrie Geisler, Parkview Elementary

• Early Identification of Hearing Loss: Educational Audiologist Rachel Lingnau, Student Support Center

• Gear Up with Mimio : Teacher Allison Parkey, Lockwood Elementary

• Put Your Best Foot Forward: Teachers Mike Perkins, Maria Sierra, Kristina Roehrig, Kathy Gomez, Amy Garcia and Instructional Coach, Kayla Pipkin, Yucca Middle School

• Kitten Math Camp: Teachers Mary Ann Collings, Dustie Gonzalez, Luis Campoz, Donna Tivis, Terry Pipkin, Cary Webskowski and Instructional Coach, Mandy Carpenter, Marshall Middle School

• Music Media Technology: Teacher Corey Picket, Clovis High School