NCESD Educational Foundation awards teacher classroom grants

WENATCHEE — Teachers from Eastmont, Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Palisades and Waterville have been awarded classroom grants from the North Central Educational Service District Educational Foundation. They are among 84 teachers from throughout North Central Washington awarded grants this year in the areas of literacy, STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), music/fine arts, college preparation and Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Foothills. In addition, there were applications “adopted” by ESD staff and individuals.

The teachers are Carol Matheson, Vinny Lee, Lisa Krause, Mark Wavra, Dawn Fisher, Elena Wiggins and Margo Smith, of Eastmont; Valerie Sarratt, of Brewster; Jeffrey Jackson, of Bridgeport; Jamie Jo Steele, of Mansfield; Karlye Risdon, Linda Cashman and Rebekah White, of Palisades; and Erni Megann and Kristopher Daratha, of Waterville.

The grants were presented Oct. 29 at Eastmont Junior High School.

The Foundation is working to make a difference in the future of the children in the ESD region by assisting teachers in providing a successful classroom environment. The grants go towards funding classroom projects that schools and districts are currently unable to afford.

Sponsors include the Woods Family Music & Arts Fund, Olive Garden/Darden Restaurants, Community Foundation of NCW, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, LASER Science/Pacific Science Center, Stemilt, Sodexo, Seahawks Rallies/Pybus Public Market, Clear Risk Solutions, PlanMember Services and Johnson Electric N.W. Donations were also received by board members, ESD staff and community members.

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