Foundation for Excellence awards Fall grants

Fall Innovative Teacher Grants awarded to 19 BCSD teachers
Posted on 10/13/2017
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Friday, October 13, 2017/ Foundation school grants-fall 2017

Foundation surprises schools with cash awards
to support classroom innovations

BEAUFORT – Supporters and Board members of the Foundation for Educational Excellence visited 14 Beaufort County schools this week to surprise 19 teachers with grant awards.

The teachers, recipients of the foundation’s fall Innovative Teacher Grants, were presented with balloons and oversized checks.

The 18 grants ranged from $179 to $1,500 and totaled more than $10,000.  The foundation said the awards will provide innovative learning opportunities for more than 4,000 students districtwide.  Funded projects include reading, coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), musical arts performances and a pollinator garden.

Established in 2007, the foundation awarded its first grants in 2009. Twice each year, grants of up to $750 are awarded to individual teachers and up to $1,500 for team requests. Thousands of students have benefitted since 2009. The $10,000 awarded this week brings the foundation’s giving to over $180,000 since grants were first awarded in 2009.

The fall grant cycle was partially funded by The Bargain Box of Hilton Head Island and the Friends of Callawassie, as well as contributions from the Rotary Club of Okatie, individuals and the Foundation’s major fund raiser, “Jewels and Jeans.”  The spring fund raiser offers an opportunity for attendees to “Fund a Grant” by pledging money toward partial funding of the foundation’s grants.

“The Foundation is so excited to be a part of helping the teachers and students of our district by awarding these grants,” said Deborah Colella, the organization’s chair. “Due to the overwhelming generosity of the foundation’s supporters, more than 4,200 students throughout the county will be impacted through the implementation of these creative and innovative projects.”

List of grant awards for fall 2017

Grant Title


Submitted by

$ funded

Back to Native: Pollinator Garden

Beaufort High School

Nancy Ungvarsky and Deborah Kidd


Magnetic Math and Engineering

Robert Smalls International Academy

Eve Weaver


Geometry in Motion: Integrating Art and Math with Origami

Robert Smalls International Academy

Eve Weaver


Hands and Hearts Across the Ages

HHI Elementary School for the Creative Arts

Cynthia Strandt


Amazing Animal Stories

HHI IB Elementary

Lena Beason


Infrared Photography: Beyond the Visible Light Spectrum

Battery Creek High School

John Cullinen


Disney's Mulan Jr.

Mossy Oaks Elementary School

Christopher Crabb and Nicholas Glick


Critical Thinking with Games

Port Royal Elementary School

Shelley Krebs


Crack the Codes

HHI Elementary School for the Creative Arts

Jennifer Friend-Kerr


Foundations in Personal Finance

Beaufort Middle School

Alexis Hines


A Snapshot of Me!

Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School

Melissale Rivera


Path to Success

Hilton Head Island High School

Kim Gartner


Lego STEM Instruction and Enrichment

Pritchardville Elementary School

Elizabeth Trott


Literacy STEMS from Fascinating Books

River Ridge Academy

Lynda Jernigan


Okie Owls Read and Ride

Okatie Elementary School

Melissa Lane


Speech Ther-APP-y

River Ridge Academy

Elizabeth Strickland


Can You Hear Me Now?

Pritchardville Elementary School

Kristen Parson


Say What?

H. E. McCracken Middle School

Heidi McAllister