United Way of Wayne County Education Classroom Grants

Seven $500 United Way of Wayne County Education Classroom Grants were presented at Edgewood Community Development Center to, from left, Belinda Moye, Principle Tasha Adams, filling in for Jacqueline Ellis, Katina Cox, Lori Thomas, Dorisenia Thompson, Travares Reid and Michele Pennington. The grants provide funding for teachers to use for academic enhancements in the classroom.

United Way of Wayne County has awarded $7,500 in education grants to a school and 12 classroom teachers. The grants range in amount from $500 to $1,500.

“These grants are part of United Way’s plan to impact the lives of children at a young age,” said Stephen Parr, UW executive director. “By providing principals and staff flexibility in providing academic resources outside of the restrictions of federal, state and local funding, we feel that we are enhancing the classroom and supporting teachers’ work.”

A $1,500 grant went to Spring Creek Elementary School.

Classroom grants of $500 were awarded to Tom Bonthius, Brogden Middle School; Kristine Mills Gregory, Eastern Wayne Elementary; Nathanael Schuler, Eastern Wayne High School; Aletta Burton, Wayne Early Middle College High School; Bonnie McCray, Northwest Elementary School; and Dorisenia Thompson, Travares Reid, Lori Thomas, Katina Cox, Belinda Moye, Jacqueline Ellis and Michele Pennington, Edgewood Community Development School.

Grant recipients were chosen on their school’s overall support to United Way.

“Our commitment to impact education goes beyond this year’s round of grants, we are currently developing a pilot program that could have a significant impact on school readiness of children entering school with the overall goal being to improve grade level reading proficiency,” Parr said.

“Meeting the needs of businesses and the manufacturing workforce of the future means meeting the educational needs of children today. Thanks to a major gift, United Way is committed to investing almost $600,000 in our children with this new project that will focus on early childhood readiness for pre-K students to arrive ready for school success. United Way is taking a holistic approach that (ensures) that the parents are also prepared and able to support their child’s learning. The goal is to implement the pilot program in August.”