PPEF Announces 2009 Grant Recipients and Teacher of the Year

The Portsmouth Public Education Foundation is proud to announce the grant recipients for school year 2008/2009. A total of twelve grants were awarded to the teachers at the Teachers’ Orientation meeting at Portsmouth High on August 28. The twelve grants were dispersed with five grants for the high school, five for the middle school, one for Elmhurst Elementary and one for Melville Elementary. Congratulations to the following teachers:

From Portsmouth High
Kimberly Cunningham “Activities to Promote Mathematics”

Megan Sullivan “Keepin’ It Real in ALP”

Rose Escobar “How Students Do Connect Through Spirit Week”

Sarah Hunicke “Stop, Look, Listen, Alternative Learning Media”

Maryellen Johnson “Plein Air Studio, Inspired by Nature.”

From Portsmouth Middle School
Cheryl Del Santo “Technology Education”

Lesly Choinksi “Connections”

Joao Arruda, Kim O’Neill and Samantha Healy “Green Team”

Richard Price “Anyone Can Improvise”

Peter Kells and Albert Sweet “Healthy Habits Initiative.”

From Elmhurst Elementary
Valerie Seveney “Write On! Publishing Center.”

From Melville Elementary
Kevin Weaver “Reading Naturally.”

With a successful year of campaigning, PPEF has also extended their grant giving to fund another three grants for school year 2008/2009. Application deadline is September 15 and the recipients will be announced at the Fall Social on October 23, 2008.

Chosen as their local charity of the year, Portsmouth’s BankNewport branch sponsored PPEF’s first “Teacher of the Year” award. Nominations were accepted in the month of May. Nomination forms were distributed to all students in Portsmouth Public Schools and were available at BankNewport’s Portsmouth Branch and the Portsmouth Public Library. PPEF is proud to announce that this year’s Teacher of the Year recipient is Ms. Valerie Seveney, an Elmhurst School teacher. She received a $1000.00 unrestricted grant reward from PPEF at the Teacher’s orientation meeting. Congratulation Ms. Seveney!

Grant recipients from last school year will also get to showcase their projects in the upcoming Fall Social on October 23 which will be held in Green Valley Country Club in Portsmouth. This event is opened to the general public.

PPEF would also like to welcome three new board members to PPEF: Susanne Clausen, Paul Gallagher, and George Easley. They bring tremendous talent to our organization and we look forward to a strong future with their contributions.

PPEF is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to improve, promote, sponsor and enhance the educational experiences for public school students. The foundation has awarded 79 grants totaling over $35,000.00 since 2001.

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