The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 12, 2013

Schools receive OGE teacher grants

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Students at McKinley Elementary School in Enid and Sharon-Mutual Elementary School have their reading skills enhanced because their teachers were awarded grants from OGE Energy Corp.

Jennifer Yape, McKinley, and Donna Shockey, Sharon-Mutual, were among 35 teachers in the OGE service area in Oklahoma and Arkansas to win grants.

Yape’s project, “Exploring Our World,” offers materials designed to help her second-graders read on their grade level and boost confidence in using higher-level thinking skills.

The strategies of identifying main ideas, key details, inference and drawing conclusions can be difficult for students, but the grant materials will help them to practice and master the skills through repetition in groups and centers.

Shockey won a grant for her project, “Reading Intergration.”

The resources provided with the grant funds will enable teachers to create centers, small group lessons, whole group lessons, as well as intervention for those who are not reading on level.

Teachers also will use these resources to enhance the learning of gifted students and to reach English language learners and special education students.

OGE has funded more than 330 projects for teachers since launching its Teacher Grant Program in 2003.

The program is available to public school teachers from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Applications for project grants of up to $1,000 typically are available at the beginning of a calendar year for funding the next school year.