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CEF awards almost $60,000 in grants

Throughout the last year, CEF remained committed to its mission of funding teacher grants to enrich the educational experience of our Collierville students. In the spring, we proudly awarded almost $60,000 in grants to the deserving teachers of Collierville Schools. Congratulations to the following teachers:

The winning teachers from Bailey Station Elementary, Ashley Billions, Scarlett Marsh, Carrie Moore and Ann Taylor will use their grants to purchase book vending machines, monarch butterfly gardens and much more. At Sycamore Elementary School, grant recipient Lynn Rushdi will use her funds to supplement the school library with nonfiction books that cover a diverse range of people, places and events.

CEF’s Crosswind Elementary School grant recipients – Martha-Carol Carpenter, Kathy Hauss, Megan Heinrich, Lisa McGee, Valerie Meiners-Smith and Jessica Shaver – plan to teach about beekeeping, circuitry and optimize classroom seating with their CEF grant money. Additionally, the students of Collierville Elementary School will practice scientific data collection and enjoy flexible classroom seating thanks to CEF grant recipients Lauren Baker and Tracey James.

Schilling Farms Elementary teachers Jennifer Conti, Erin Reagan and Karsyn Sewell, will use their CEF grants to purchase physics exploration equipment, school bike racks and other innovative classroom materials. Collierville Middle School teachers Barbara Hunter and Laura McLemore plan to enrich their students’ educational experience by purchasing equipment that encourages student movement in the classroom.

Tara Oaks Elementary School’s CEF grant recipients – Ashley Bibbs, Jana Blanchard, Risa Elder, Susan Hathhorn, Amber McCollum and Lori Streitmatter – will purchase lesson materials like computer programming technology, Apple Pencils and so much more!

Finally, Collierville High School teachers Brittany Clark, Kellie Dodd and Dana Wilson will use their grant funds to purchase a sensory support swing, special curriculum for students living with developmental disabilities and sensory awareness materials that provide mental and physical relaxation.

We are thrilled to support education in Collierville by giving teachers the tools they need to create fulfilling, enriching classroom experiences. Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this grant cycle possible. Read on for more information on this year’s grant winners and like us on Facebook to read posts highlighting the cool things teachers are doing with their grant money.


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