The Bent Tree Foundation Awards Pickens County Teacher Grants for the 2018-2019 Academic Year
By Debbie Davis, Chair of the Bent Tree Foundation Scholarship/Grant Program
On October 17, 2018 Jesse Hunter, Chair of the Bent Tree Foundation, Marty Stephens, and Debbie Davis, Chair of the Bent Tree Foundation Scholarship/Grant Program, had the pleasure to continue the commitment of the Bent Tree Foundation Mission by presenting eight Pickens County teachers and administrators at five Pickens County schools with grants totaling $6,649.00. The grant funds were raised through a variety of fundraising events including the Longest Day of Golf, Wines of the World, FATZ Breakfasts and the generous donations of many Bent Tree residents. Each of the grants was personally presented to the school administrators and teachers for implementation of their respective grants during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Hill City Elementary School Principal, Jennifer Halko, accepted grant funds for grant recipients Ashley Cagle for her grant entitled “Enhancing Learning Through Technology” and Jenny Wehunt for “Pitch Perfect Xylophones”.
Tate Elementary Principal, Stephanie Hall, accepted grant funds for grant recipient Ginny Perrin for her grant entitled “Green Taters”.
Jasper Middle School Principal, Dr. David Wilds, accepted funds for grant recipient Charlene Stirewalt for her grant entitled “Lettuce Grow Our Food”.
Pickens County Junior High School Principal, Dr. Chad Flatt, accepted grant funds for Kimberly Caron for her grant entitled “Kindness Prevails”; Sue Watters for her grant entitled “Happy Atoms”; and Lauren Tolar for her grant entitled “Strictly Professional”.
Pickens County High School Principal, Chris Wallace, accepted funds provided by Bent Tree Foundation Board member Nancy Davis, in memory of her husband, Dr. Monte Davis (professor emeritus at Georgia Tech) for Sharon McCoy for her grant entitled “Science….Igniting the Passion”.
Also, each of the grant recipients and their administrators were invited to attend the Scholarship and Grant Reception hosted by the Bent Tree Foundation which is scheduled for April 28, 2019 at which time they will present the educational impact and/or results of their individual grant implementation.
In addition, the Bent Tree Foundation would like to thank the Bent Tree Foundation Grant Review Committee members for their dedication and review of the 2018 grant applications. The committee members are former teachers Tim Long and Linda August as well as Bent Tree Foundation Board member, Nancy Davis.