With the awarding of this year’s grants, Westinghouse Anniston has donated more than $150,000 to 335 classroom teachers since the program’s inception in 1998.
The “We Care” Grants, worth $500 each, are awarded directly to teachers to provide funding for innovative approaches to teaching science, math and technology.
“We have classroom teachers providing their students with unique and exciting activities to enhance their regular textbook information. With the economy as it is today, teachers are taking advantage of opportunities such as our ‘We Care’ Grants to supplement their reduced classroom budgets,” said Donna Jackson, Westinghouse Anniston protocol staff leader.
“As a technology-based company, Westinghouse Anniston has a long history of supporting education in these critical areas,” said Bob Love, Westinghouse Anniston project manager. “We are delighted to provide teachers the opportunity to carry out creative and innovative classroom experiences with their students.”
Jackson said, “The goal of this program is to recognize and encourage teachers and to provide funding to help them defray the costs of the excellent work they are doing. Westinghouse Anniston initiated this grant program to help and encourage these outstanding teachers.”
Among this year’s winning proposals are a project that will help third-grade students learn science with hands-on activities and another that would allow students to work in teams to construct a miniature solar-powered house as part of their studies in green energy resources.
Westinghouse Anniston of URS Corporations operates the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (ANCDF) for the U.S. Army. ANCDF destroyed all of the VX and GB nerve agent munitions stored at Anniston Army Depot. The facility currently is destroying mustard munitions.
This year’s winning teachers are:
• Anniston City Schools: Anniston Middle School, Judetta Cowden, Rose Houston, Kelli Taylor; Cobb Elementary School, Kathy Frost, Benji Davis Gable Constantine Elementary School, Dorothy Barksdale, Danielle Murry, Tammy Owen, Jamey Robertson, Tera McIntee, Jane Rich, Joycelyn Palmore-Haynes.
• Calhoun County Schools: Ohatchee Elementary School, Lindsey Silvey, Leigh Twigg, Lorie Duncan, Susan Shirai; Ohatchee High School Jennifer McGlaughn; Saks Elementary School, Jill Brooks; White Plains Middle School, Angie Kelley.
• Oxford City Schools: C. E. Hanna School, Lisa Schwyn, Cynthia Lynch; Oxford Elementary School, Brandi Gray.
• Faith Christian School: Diane Turley.
• Jacksonville Christian School: Anna Messer.
• The Donoho School: Donna Plunkett.