Education

See how teachers will use grant money from the Gulfport Chamber

Dr. Jonathan Woodward, vice president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus, from left, stands next to grant recipient Laura Castiglia Clay at Bayou View Elementary School and Chelsey Preston with Keesler Air Force Base.
Dr. Jonathan Woodward, vice president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus, from left, stands next to grant recipient Laura Castiglia Clay at Bayou View Elementary School and Chelsey Preston with Keesler Air Force Base. Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce

The Gulfport Chamber of Commerce awarded nine grants to teachers in Harrison and Gulfport school districts Tuesday.

Several local businesses donated money that allowed the chamber to hand out a total of $3,200 to area teachers. The grants ranged from $250 to $500 per teacher.

The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the chamber’s Teacher Grant Program, designed to help fund programs not otherwise funded by the school, district or state.

“Teacher grant programs are imperative to help educators remain innovative and give them the tools to provide an excellent education,” a chamber press release said.

Clint Brawley at Gulfport High School intends to use the grant money for a student project involving marine advanced technology education, or MATE.

April Hoyt at Bayou View Elementary School will use the money to support a “Bookworm Garden” — botanic gardens inspired by children’s literature that enhance the imagination of students.

Beverly Hudson at Pass Road Elementary said she’ll support strengthening science, technology, engineering and math understanding for students

Laura Castiglia Clay plans to support Osmo technology in her classroom, which is a tablet app that fosters social intelligence, creative thinking and STEM understanding.

Other teachers who received grants:

▪ Sarah Wrightson at Bayou View Elementary School

▪ Danielle Bueno at Gulfport Cares School Day Program

▪ Codie Eadie at Harrison Central High School

▪ Angela Roybal at Bel-Aire Elementary School

▪ Michelle Sanford at Bel-Aire Elementary School.

Business sponsors included The First, A National Banking Association; Keesler Federal Credit Union; Peoples Bank; Hancock Bank; Community Bank; Mississippi Power; BancorpSouth and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

For more information about the Gulfport Teacher Grant Program, contact Hannah Burnett at 228-604-0014.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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