Colonial Life awards $20,000 in grants to Lexington School District 2 teachers


The Colonial Life grants support educators in their efforts to prepare students for a lifetime of success.   Contributed image

Colonial Life has awarded 26 Lexington School District 2 educators a total of $20,000 in grants via the Strong Schools Grant program, which aims to support educators with out-of-the-box ideas to improve student engagement and participation. 

Teachers applied to receive grants of up to $1,000 to for equipment and resources to use in school lessons. 

According to Colonial Life community relations manager Marie McGehee, these grants help “in supporting educators to help prepare students for a lifetime of success” and to “help bridge the gap between school budgets and teachers’ personal expenses [for]... innovative approaches to hands-on, project-based learning opportunities.”

Twenty-four mini-grants will be awarded. From Airport High School, the awardee is Thomas Bosse. Four teachers from Cayce Elementary School will also be awarded -- Kimberly Addy, Blair Flora, Caroline Mobley, and Lauren Tinman. 

Other awardees include Janette Babcock of Congaree Elementary School; Kali Kolb and Melanie Yoder of Congaree/Wood Early Childhood Center; Robin Gerzema, Hunter Reese, and John Rogers of Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy; Suzette Brunson and T. Lynn Moseley of New Bridge Academy; Amanda Chapman of Pine Ridge Middle School; Aaron Brazier, Alexis Deese-Smith, and Jessica Zearfoss of R.H Fulmer Middle School. 

Other awardees are Riverbank Elementary's Tracy Floyd, Mary Koon, Ashley Robles and Sherry Wright; Melissa Drew of Saluda River Academy for the Arts; and Springdale Elementary's Susan Jenkinson and Michelle Tynes. 

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