The Cherokee County Educational Foundation recently awarded three local teachers with grants to use in their classrooms.

The grants are designed to deliver funds up to $500 to teachers that have time sensitive requests or smaller budget items needed to ensure excellence

Tina Plousis of Hickory Flat Elementary School was been granted $500 for her request to provide code-learning tools for over 750 elementary students. The purpose of this grant is to help increase rigor in the curriculum and enhance problem solving skills, as well as teach the bright, young minds of CCSD about computer coding.

David Martinez, a CCSD Itinerant Adapted Physical Educator and member of the Department of Special Education, was granted $500 in collaboration with Michael L’Esperance and Tara Forrester, both Woodstock Elementary School physical education teachers. This funding has been granted for the request of creating a “Sensory Spot” in the Woodstock Elementary School gymnasium.

A $500 grant for Melissa Venezia at E.T. Booth Middle School went further thanks to a donation from Georgia Power, and she received $1,200. The grant will be used to provide SIOP training for teachers at E.T. Booth Middle School. This very special grant is thanks to a generous partnership with Georgia Power.

Rapid grants can be applied for at any time during the school year, and typically the are awarded quarterly to teachers that have grants approved by the CCEF Board of Directors, CCSD Curriculum and Instruction, and the foundation’s technology and facilities departments when needed.

To apply for a grant, visit


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