At the December 19 Special Presentations, Homestead educators gathered for the presentation of Education Mini Grants by the City of Homestead’s Education Committee and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, who serves as committee chair.
Fairclough opened her presentation saying, “Tonight I am privileged to stand alongside an education committee who is extremely invested in this community and they have demonstrated that by continuously in investing classrooms across Homestead. The committee sets aside fund for teachers who have cool, crafty and creative ideas to implement into the classroom outside of ‘pencil and paper education.’”
Teachers chosen to receive the grants had completed a competitive process, said Fairclough, explaining, “Applications were vetted and the ones here tonight are the ones that reigned supreme.”
Nine grants totaling nearly $3500 were awarded to the following teachers, some of whom were accompanied by their students and school principals.
Fairclough concluded the presentation saying, “We look forward to seeing your pictures from your projects so that we can share them with the community. If there are any other teachers out there that would like to receive a grant to facilitate authentic learning in the classroom, we host this grant every year. We accept applications in the fall, so please apply so we can invest in your classrooms, too.”
2018 Homestead Education Mini-Grant Recipients
Franklin Rodriguez, Campbell Drive K-8 Center
Matthew Porter, Gateway K-8 Center
Jessamy Mathieson, West Homestead K-8 Center
“Reward the Magic Shop”
Stephanie Vallen, West Homestead K-8 Center
“Reward the Magic Shop”
Tetyana Escoto, West Homestead K-8 Center
Diane Rodriguez, Le Jardin Community Center
Support for “Under the Stars Jazz Festival”
Chevas Clements, Homestead Middle School
“Oh, What a Literacy Night”
Kimberly Renick, Laura C. Saunders Elementary School
“Computer Coders Needed”
Annually, the City of Homestead awards grants for educator initiatives including class projects, cultural enrichment activities, curriculum enrichment and enhancement, student initiatives (such as mentoring, student achievement and truancy), parent engagement programs and professional development that is directly aligned with educator goals and/or duties. Grants are limited to one per classroom and one per teacher, per school year. For more information, please contact Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s office at 305-224-4456.