Monday, April 12, 2021

Champions For Learning Awards Grants

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Collier County teachers were recently surprised by Champions For Learning board members, volunteers and supporters as they received funds for their classroom grants.

During the course of the day, Champions For Learning awarded 104 grant checks that totaled $49,314 to 39 schools. The checks will provide teachers with the funds needed to implement creative and innovative learning experiences for students.

These classroom grants were requested by Collier County teachers through the online grant portal on Champions For Learning’s website. The community can go to the website and fund requests (up to $2,000). This online grant program began in 2003, to enable the community to support teachers.

Thanks to a charitable gift from Suncoast Credit Union, which supports the technology and capacity for the classroom grant portal, 100% of community contribution goes into supporting teacher grants.



The following provided significant contributions to fund specific teacher grants: Suncoast Credit Union, Florida License for Learning License Plate Fund, Lucie Jenny MacCarthy Music Fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County, and Perna-Rose Foundation for Hope. The teachers from the following schools received grants:

Avalon Elementary: Shannon Keenan, Karen Madden, Sandra Stein; Bea- con Naples: Milagros Lee; Barron Collier High: Leslie Loughran, Gina Manville; Big Cypress Elementary: Staci Haralson Barretta, Loren Finger, Nancy Visgaitis; Calusa Park Elementary: Karin Reinbold; Collier Charter Academy: Lynne Belliveau; Corkscrew Elementary: Amanda Peterson, Tonya Phipps, Marilyn Vanderpool; Corkscrew Middle: Debbie Rapp; Cypress Palm Middle: Anthony Muradaz, Laura Pacter, Karen Torres; Eden Park Elementary: Ysela Quintana; Estates Elementary: Melissa Wilsker; Golden Gate Elementary: Catherine Ellison; Golden Gate High: Courtney Cassidy, Amanda McCoy; Golden Terrace Elementary: Joyce Cordell, Catherine Hamor, Elizabeth Kepp, Christina Kingston, Mattea Marks, Tiffany Weeks; Gulf Coast Charter Academy: Beth Staros, Michele Taylor, Nadiah Yusuf; Gulfview Middle: Laura Burke; Highlands Elementary: Pete Cade, Kathryn Doyle; Immokalee High: Rocio Bailey, Emily Schaefer; Immokalee Middle: Melanie Villa; Lake Park Elementary: Karen Emigh-saldana, Kristin Merrill, Jennifer Plummer; Laurel Oak Elementary: Sheila Blaisdell, Cheryl Coffey, Nicole Sponseller, Christina Svec; Lely High: Brittany Crouss, Adam Peterson; Lorenzo Walker Technical High School: Kristy Meghreblian; Manatee Middle: Maryjane Slaughter; Mike Davis Elementary: Jennifer Frank, Stephanie Kutz; Naples High: Paul Garrah; Naples Park Elementary: Erin Blake; Oakridge Middle: Amy Diemert; Palmetto Elementary: Nancy Rojas, Sheila Snyder, Christy Vaill; Palmetto Ridge High: Sandra Barcarolo, Allison Chapman, Kathryn Swartz; Pelican Marsh Elementary: Angela Loerzel; Pinecrest Elementary: Doris D’Agostino, Erica Rimbert, Patricia Zawodny; Poinciana Elementary: Tammy Townsend; Sea Gate Elementary: Denise Varboncoeur; Tommie Barfield Elementary: Elizabeth Braren, Molly Skudnig; Veterans Memorial Elementary: Marge Cox, Heather Van Osten; Vineyards Elementary: Suela Spahiu.

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