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Bryan Wallace and Keith Furstenberg of Free Home Elementary School each received grants from the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped kick off the new school year in the Cherokee County School District by presenting teachers and support staff with $56,000 in grants.

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise money for local teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to support teaching and learning.

The Foundation’s Classroom Impact Grants program offer competitive grants for projects costing up to $2,500, with a focus on new ideas for instruction that could be replicated throughout local classrooms.

“The Cherokee County Educational Foundation makes teachers’ dream projects a reality, and we’re incredibly grateful for the Foundation Board, executive director and volunteers and sponsors and donors who make its fundraising successful,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “The bright ideas funded by these grants not only benefit the students in these classrooms and schools, but also our entire school district as these innovations take root and grow.”

The Foundation also supports districtwide initiatives including credit recovery scholarships for high school students, STEM learning and the Teacher of the Year recognition program. These funds are raised through CCEF events such as the annual Golf Classic and Celebration of Education Gala, as well as through direct donations, which can be made online at

2020 Classroom Impact Grants Winners:

♦ ACE Academy, Robyn Wilms: Gardening Expansion

♦ Arnold Mill Elementary School, Hailey Burden and Elizabeth Gama: Life Skills Lab

♦ Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy, Julie Miles: Goodnight, Sweet Student

♦ Bascomb Elementary School, Danielle Mabeus: Calming Our Classrooms

♦ Carmel Elementary School, Nathan Whitehurst: Ukulele Program

♦ Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, Karen Garland: Using the Garden as an Integrating Context

♦ Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, Kathryn Smerker and Jama McCartney: Redhawk Nation — Creating a Caring Learning Community

♦ Creekland Middle School, Stacy Arnold: Bottle Rockets- Altitude Tracker

♦ Creekview High School, Stephen McCarthy: Room Equipment

♦ Creekview High School, Mary Panik: The Universe at Our Fingertips

♦ E.T. Booth Middle School, Daniele Deneka: Go Baby Go!

♦ E.T. Booth Middle School, Amanda Graves: Etowah Zone — Books on Blankets

♦ Free Home Elementary School, Keith Furstenberg: Get Moving!

♦ Free Home Elementary School, Bryan Wallace: The Greenhouse Project

♦ Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, Barry Dalton: Physical Education with Technological Integration

♦ Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy, Mollie Guy: Aeroponic Tower Garden Project

♦ Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy, Lisa Lougheed: Global Connections

♦ Indian Knoll Elementary School, Julie Bryant: Music and Math Fun for EVERYONE!

♦ Indian Knoll Elementary School, Marissa Williams: Elementary 3D Printing Engineers

♦ Liberty Elementary School, Stacy Campbell: The Importance of Human Connections

♦ Mill Creek Middle School, Mark Markley: CAD/Laser Cutting and Engraving Maker Space

♦ River Ridge High School, Chris Akins: Professional Applications with Photoshop

♦ Sixes Elementary School, Sarah Kay Dobbs: Creating an Inclusive Playground

♦ Sixes Elementary School, Emma Neumeister: Drumming Up Student Engagement

♦ Teasley Middle School, Scott Reece: SAMLab Maker and STEAM Course Kit

♦ Tippens EC, April Popham: High School Novel Studies

♦ Tippens Elementary School, Wesley Satterfield: Hokki Stools

♦ Woodstock Middle School, Justin Norton: Bass Clarinet/Tenor Sax for kids

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