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Walton EMC School Grants Total $360,338

The first week in December was a happy one for many local teachers.

In our fourth year of School EmPOWERment Grants, the cooperative handed out checks totaling $360,338 that will enhance the instructional programs of schools in our service area.

But don't worry; your power bill isn't going up because of it.

The money comes from unclaimed refunds. After exhausting all attempts to find the rightful owners, Georgia law allows the money to be used for education and other community improvements.

This year’s disbursements bring the all-time grant total to more than $1.4 million.

2019 Walton EMC School EmPOWERment Grants Fast Facts

  • Total distribution: $360,338
  • Average grant: $4,449
  • Number of grants: 81
  • Schools receiving grants: 56
  • Total since beginning of program: $1,401,810
  • Source of money: unclaimed refunds

The 2019 grants by county are:

Barrow County

Center for Innovative Teaching – $2,750
Ashley Bailey, AIMing for One to One

Clarke County

Hilsman Middle – $6,718
Audrey Hughes, Share the Magic of Reading
Fabian Jones, PBIS Pride!

Gwinnett County

Anderson-Livsey Elementary – $3,549
Debbie May, Exploring the World Through Books

Arcado Elementary – $5,895
Jamie Garcia-Caycho, Readers Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Britt Elementary – $8,435
Kay Brickley, Classroom Libraries

Centerville Elementary – $3,544
Marla Parish, Intervention Reading/Math Technology Lab

Cooper Elementary – $4,000
Aimee Litt, Community of Readers

Five Forks Middle – $4,100
Andrew Whatley, Collaborative, Project-based Learning

Grayson Elementary School – $4,905
Christi Umans, Traci Green, Donna Ward, Art/Science STEAM Project

Grayson High – $1,165
Joy Thompson, Operation Grayson Way

Gwinn Oaks Elementary – $12,407
Sabine Stoffle, Integrating Technology
Sue Eason, Leigh Blakley, Guided Reading Books

Head Elementary – $13,515
Shann Griffith, Multi-Million Word Club

Knight Elementary – $11,500
Christine Christopher, Tower Gardens
Rosi Beckman, Jennifer Broun, Blended Learning Needs

McConnell Middle – $4,352
Falaunda Cox, Lynda’s Legacy
Angel Parks, Jennifer Akin, Sports, Fitness and Fun!

Parkview High – $5,000
Camelia Calvert, VEX Robotics Expansion

Partee Elementary – $5,000
Lisa Mills, Through Their Eyes

Pharr Elementary – $7,288
Kathleen Navin, Creating a Collaborative Environment

Rosebud Elementary – $10,400
Brandi Patterson, Operation Rising Readers
Toni Gibbs, Technology Integration Initiative

Shiloh Elementary – $6,000
Thomas Trippany, Literacy in the Classroom

Shiloh High – $5,412
Minnie Sharp, Vocational and Functional Academics
Ashley Rogers, Classroom on the Go!

Shiloh Middle – $7,950
Angela Banks-Spain, Classroom Libraries

Starling Elementary – $4,880
Ikwo Poindexter, Tools for 21st Century Learners

Trickum Middle – $3,567
Jennifer Killian, Micro:Bit Accessories
Jess Wells, Analog Mixing Board
Lindsey Theirs, Informational Text: Hidden Figures

Trip Elementary – $9,531
Mackie Miley, Chromed Out Fourth Grade
Debbie Patrick, Full STEAM Ahead with 3D Printing
Vanita McGough, Inquisitive Learning Through Robotics

Morgan County

Morgan County Primary – $4,949
Jennifer Haynes, Lego We Do 2.0 Robotics

Morgan County Elementary – $6,000
Katherine Edwards, Strive for Five Summer Reading
Angela Watson, Increasing Success Through Sensory Integration

Morgan County Middle – $5,655
Karisa Seymour, Band Instruments
Brittany Murphy, Amanda Hartley, Morgan County Farm-to-School

Morgan County High – $7,600
Brian Johnson, Technology Student Association Electrothon
Bob Brunson, Weight Room Improvements

Oconee County

Athens Academy – $3,480
Causey Cato, Fostering Creativity, Collaboration and Inquiry

Colham Ferry Elementary – $2,500
Amy Nix, Outdoor Classroom Learning

Dove Creek Elementary – $1,335
Tiffany Pilgrim, Julie McCullers, Unbox the Magic of STEM Bins
Joanna Stanchek, SnapWords for Students

Malcom Bridge Elementary – $7,600
Jennifer Haygood, Empowering Students Through Leveled Reading
Cindy Rose, iPads Help Put the “T” in STEM

Malcom Bridge Middle – $3,324
Julie Daniel, Refugees: Past and Present
Kathryn Elise Barnett, Eighth Grade Bibiophiles

North Oconee High – $31,995
Jade Paustian, Breakout EDU
Tim Griffeth, Animal Science Facility Enhancement
Clay McElheny, Ready, Set, STEM!

Oconee County Elementary – $1,505
Wendi Pitts, Leveled Literacy

Oconee County Middle – $9,000
Candace Scoggins, STEMming Students’ Interest

Oconee County Primary – $3,849
April Reed, Growth Mindset, STEM and Character Development
Paulette Moon, Susan Willis, De-Coding 21st Century Skills

Prince Avenue Christian – $4,200
Ginger Robinson, Shade Structures

Rocky Branch Elementary – $5,719
Joshua Luke, Music is Instrumental
Stephanie Dickson, Working With Our Hands
Christina Crowe, Heather Rutherford, Outdoor Learning Space

Walton County

Atha Road Elementary – $6,080
Haley Wilcox, High Interest Readers

Bay Creek Elementary – $4,000
Audra Knoll, Learning with Technology

Carver Middle – $20,000
Timothy Holman, Livestock Barn

Harmony Elementary – $7,876
Kathleen Tarbutton, Aspiring Performers Want to be Heard

Loganville Elementary – $6,750
Buffie Heard, Building Inquiring Scientists

Loganville High – $7,980
June Reid, Coffee Shop and Cheer Squad
Carrin Meadows, Science Equipment

Monroe Area High School – $4,697
Jess Bush, Teaching STEM Through Robotics

Monroe Elementary School – $6,899
Zeester Swint, Think Lab

Sharon Elementary – $6,899
Lori Perry, Think Lab

Social Circle Primary – $3,174
Brandie Owens, Google Jamboard

Social Circle Middle – $6,380
Shelbie Casey, Character Education with Wonder
Candice Snowden, CBI Classroom Upgrade

Social Circle High – $4,859
Brenda Rushing, Up, Up and Away!
Brad Callahan, VR Goggles for Science

Victory Baptist School – $11,200
Cory Lawrence, Classroom Projectors

Walker Park Elementary – $1,020
Amanda Martin, SOARing Through Standards

Walnut Grove Elementary – $4,000
Lucy Townley, Improving Literacy

Walnut Grove High – $5,212
April Bentley-Amos, DNA Investigation Station
Hilery Wilson, All Hands On Deck for Science

Youth Elementary – $2,738
Jarrod Tyler, Ukuleles and Storage Cart

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