Shannon Foundation Awards 15K to Local Teachers

August 16, 2013

The Shannon Foundation gave out nearly $15,000 worth of grant money to creative teachers from Charlottesville and Albemarle Co.

These educators will now be able to bring their innovative ideas to their students just in time for the start of the school year.

Fourteen teachers received grants ranging from $69 to $4,675 to help make their innovative ideas a reality.

“It's a combination of all of my personal passions and hobbies,” says Kathryn Durkee, teacher at Community Public Charter School in Albemarle Co. She was awarded for her Lewis and Clark plant project.

“It's very exciting!” says Durkee. “It's a three year science project that we are working on following the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on their journey through the county.”

Jason Collier from Western Albemarle High School is working on a mobile car wash that gave his high school students job opportunities washing cars.

“We’re trying to prepare them for the real world and the life-long learner standards in Albemarle Co., this is a great way for students to get real world experience when they aren't able to get a real job,” says Collier.

The president of the Shannon Foundation, Jim Cooper, explained that they give these grants to provide a margin for excellence.

“We try to give teachers some money to implement things in their classroom that otherwise they would not have the money to do,” says Cooper.

Over the past 23 years, the Shannon Foundation has given out over $322,000 in grant money to more than 400 teachers in the Charlottesville and Albemarle Co. school districts

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