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March 14, 2014

Granted: Enid teachers’ grant requests are fulfilled by EPS Foundation

ENID, Okla. — Physical education teacher Cindy Moore was walking between buildings at Emerson Middle School when Assistant Principal Mark Luetkemeyer walked outside to meet her Friday morning.

Luetkemeyer, accompanied by Enid Public School Foundation members Jennifer Fields, Greg Leap, Vanessa Walker, Casie Brownlee and Janna Jackson, called out to Moore, “You’re in trouble.”

“What have you done now?” Jackson asked Moore.

“The list is long,” Moore answered, but quickly fell silent as she saw the folder in Fields’ hands.

The foundation members had come to award Moore a $356 grant to supplement her students’ physical education classes with lessons in principles of geometry. Her grant request, approved by the foundation, was, “Juggling Axioms & Theorems through Physical Play.”

English teacher Michelle Adams got a more formal presentation when foundation members walked into her classroom.

“On behalf of the EPS Foundation, we would like to present you with three grants,” Fields told Adams.

Adams was given $203 for “Write and Erase,” $41 for “Writing is Serious Learning,” and $26 for “Punctuation All Around.”

The grant allocation committee Friday awarded 24 grants totaling $12,248 to teachers at 11 Enid schools.

Desiree Highberger, Monroe Elementary School, was given $665 for “Scientists in Training: Equipment Needed,” a signature grant from Guarantee Abstract and the Humphrey Family; and $725 for “Confessions of a Literacy Lover,” a signature grant from Johnston Enterprises and Lew Meibergen.

Melissa Ross, Prairie View Elementary School, was given $987 for “Mighty Mathematicians 2,” a signature grant from Liberty Federal Savings Bank and Bud Smith; and $601 for “Super Scientists,” a signature grant from John and Susan Bowers.

Denise Bowers, Marie Pierce and Bill Swinnea, Prairie View, were awarded $696 for “Journey Through Time,” a signature grant from Lew and Myra Ward.

Briana Bull, Prairie View, was awarded $600 for “African Drums in the Music Classroom,” a signature grant from the Herman and Gail Hackett Family.

Brandy Fagan, Adams Elementary School, was given $368 for “Kids are Not All the Same, Why Teach that Way? Differentiate!”

Bridget Stovall, Waller Middle School, was awarded $341 for “Fast and Loud Math.”

Barbara Ann Baker, Waller, was awarded $650 for “How Massive Is It?” This is a signature grant from Bill and Avis Ward.

Rhoni Herrell, Waller, was awarded $308 for “What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?” and $442 for “Mathiterature.”

Erika Christner, Enid High School, was awarded $639 for “Things Just Don’t Add Up.”

Deborah Mueller, Enid High School, was awarded $445 for “Capturing Moments in Time.”

Kay Shaughnessy, Glenwood Elementary School, was awarded $126 for “Set Your Sights High with Sight Words.”

Diane Schenk, Taft Elementary School, was awarded $468 for “Strike Up the Band.”    

Christie Buckner, Longfellow Middle School, was awarded $497 for “Time Travel Through American History,” a signature grant of Bill and Linda Athey.

Varna Nolen, Wilma Robinson, Robbie Goldstein, Sam Hiett, Erica Davis and Ashley Weibling, Longfellow, were awarded $711 for “The Teacher Said Build Me a World. So I Did,” a signature grant of the Walter and Peggy Scheffe Trust.

Corey Blough, Coolidge Elementary School, was awarded $671 for “Creative Nonfiction in Fifth Grade,” a signature grant of Enid Rotary.

Jennifer Yape, McKinley Elementary, was awarded $795 for “I Can’t Believe My Eyes,” a signature grant of Owen K. Garriott.

Donita McClurg, McKinley, was awarded $888 for “It’s Game Time,” a signature grant of Dan and Kay Dillingham.

Since the Grants to Teachers program began, EPS Foundation has given away $406,000 to district teachers.

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