2018 FOUNDATION NEWS
2018 Educator Grant Awards
With the support of our
business partners, the Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation was able to
award eleven grants this year to benefit the students and teachers of
Media Specialists Honored
Media Specialists and their support staff were invited to a
reception at the Lawrenceburg Public Library, where they were honored for the
work they do with the students in
2017 FOUNDATION NEWS
The Dearborn County Retired Teachers, United Community Bank,
and the Betty McLaughlin Educator Grant/Award awarded
With the help of technology, students design their personal A-Z Civil War book on-line but then their work is printed in a full color book with the student’s picture and biography on the back cover. Students choose their own entries of persons, places, and things in the American Civil War. Once printed, the book is theirs to keep for years to come. Excitement about the project grows each year as in-coming eighth graders ask if they too can write a book.
Dennis has been an educator at
Dennis has previously been recognized by the Dearborn County Retired Teachers in 2010-2011 for his Hands-on Interactive Social Studies lessons.
The Educator Grant-Award applications are available in
January to any teacher in a public or parochial school in
DCRTA and McLaughlin Award Winner
Left to right: Mike McLaughlin, Randy Dennis (Award Winner), Beth (McLaughlin) Hedrick, E.G. McLaughlin
The Dearborn County Retired Teachers, with the help of some very loyal business sponsors recently were able to award three Educator Grant/Awards.
Duke Energy funded Heather Lunsford's wobble stool request for fifth grade students at Sunman Elementary. According to Lunsford, wobble stools allow students to stay seated during instruction but also move around to get energy out. Alternative seating allows students to better focus on the task at hand; they are, therefore, less disruptive in the classroom because they have the ability to move. Some students have the sensory need to move. The stools help to control fidgeting. With less and less time given to recess, more seat time is required of these young people. The wobble stools allow for some movement in a contained setting.
Valley Rural Utility Company of
The Dearborn County Retired Teachers Foundation award was
given to Barb Katenkamp, second grade teacher at North Dearborn Elementary. As
the emphasis is now of
The Dearborn County Retired Teachers promote innovative and creative learning in the classroom.
Left to right: Chip Orben (Duke Energy), Heather Lundsford (Award Winner), Dave Records (Presenter)
Terri Schmeltzer (Award Winner) Mary Bradley (Presenter)
Barbara Katenkamp (Award Winner) Betty Bourquein (Presenter)
The Dearborn County Retired Teachers Association and the Knights of Columbus granted Susan Schmuelling, teacher at St. Lawrence Elementary School, an Educator Grant/Award to build a second VEX IQ Robotics Team. The award was presented by Jim Pierce and Jim Hamill.
Currently St. Lawrence Elementary has one team which has competed Indianapolis. With the additional funding, the school will be able to purchase the necessary equipment to build game pieces for the field, to pay the competition fees, and possibly to design and print a team shirt.
The Robotic team organizes the supplies, builds and modifies the robot, and keeps a robotic journal. Students learn how to construct a robot which coordinates with a hand-held controller with programmable possibilities. Â With two teams from St. Lawrence and the necessary equipment, twice as many students will be involved in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education.
Jim Hamill (Co-presenter) Susan Schmuelling (Award Winner) Jim Pierce (Co-presenter)