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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • PNC announces grants to outstanding area teachers

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  • The PNC Foundation and the Ruby K. Worner Trust have awarded 28 “FirstGrant” cash awards up to $1,000 to outstanding teachers from schools throughout central Illinois. 
    The FirstGrant program is designed to help classroom teachers accomplish creative and innovative projects they would otherwise be unable to fund because of budget limitations. 
    “Teachers are finding engaging new ways to educate students, while continuing to spark excitement about math, science and reading,” said Doug Stewart, PNC Bank Regional President for Central Illinois, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation.  “This year’s grant recipients are among the most creative we have seen over the years.” 
    This year, the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., received 90 grant applications. 
    Over the past 22 years, PNC and the Ruby K. Worner Trust have awarded 638 grants totaling more than $351,000. 
    Page 2 of 10 - PNC Foundation Grants 
    LaSalle School, Creve Coeur: $280 for 2nd – 4th grade students to use Touch Money kits for increasing number and addition skills. 
    Amy Thiery, teacher; Julie  McArdle, principal. 
    Brimfield Grade School, Brimfield: $990 to purchase “Designing Roller Coasters” kits to implement a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lesson into 7th & 8thgrade pre-engineering class. 
    Kevin Faulkner, teacher; Jeannie Blane, principal. 
    Page 3 of 10 - Fieldcrest Middle School, Wenona: $800 to purchase sets of the novel, Hatchet, to encourage discussion of internal conflict, man versus himself, and external conflict, man versus man, man versus machine and man versus nature; Wendy Smith, teacher; Brian Roney, principal. 
    Illinois Valley Central High School, Chillicothe: $600 to purchase a collection of graphic novels, to support the English Curriculum and help meet Common Core State Standards for grades 9 – 12. 
    Thomas Gross, teacher; Kenton Bergman, principal. 
    Norwood Elementary, Peoria: $600 to engage and motivate 5th – 8th grade students to improve their writing, research skills by creating a virtual/digital bulletin board to display student work; Cindy James, teacher; Erik Estill, principal. 
    Page 4 of 10 - Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Peoria: $995 to prepare 3rd grade students for the real world by giving them practice using digital maps, digital cameras and navigation skills; Kristen Wingard and Ben Dirks, teachers; Kim Hanks, principal. 
    Princeville Grade School, Princeville: $290 to implement “Characters with Characters” and “Determination in Life and Literature” projects to help seventh grade students build their skills at analyzing characters in literature. 
    Charlene Marie Wagner, teacher; Shaun Grant, principal. 
    Metamora Grade School, Metamora: $700 to implement ‘Math Manipulatives’ that align with the new Common Core Standards to fully engage 6th grade students in lessons and individually access their understanding of the given concept; Jana Southerland, teacher; Cathy Costello, principal. 
    Page 5 of 10 - Grundy Elementary School, Morton: $600 for 5th grade students to learn to use journal writing within a personal portfolio to document assignments during the school year; Jill Veskauf, teacher; Michael Saunders, principal. 
    Quest Charter Middle School, Peoria: $600 for 5th grade students to interact with senior citizens to gain a mature perspective on important life issues; Marlene Leitch, teacher; Ali Kuran, principal. 
    Richwoods High School, Peoria: $808 to implement reading intervention courses to encourage reading and promote increased vocabulary for grades 9 – 12; Kathy Phillips, teacher; Cynthia Clark, principal. 
    Schramm School, Pekin: $494 to teach social skills to K-3 students with low cognitive functioning to increase their interaction with peers and become more independent; Sally Matheney, teacher; Kristina Neville, principal. 
    St. Patrick’s School, Washington: $332 to purchase ‘Kidknits Knitting Kits’ to be used by 5th grade students to learn about world poverty, empathy, community activism, geography and leadership; Cassandra Smith, teacher; Dr. Sharon Weiss, principal. 
    Page 6 of 10 - Thomas Jefferson Primary, Peoria: $1,000 to implement a community based art project so 3rd – 6th grade students will be taught to give back to the community; Lauren Wulf, teacher; Patricia Santen, principal. 
    Woodruff Career and Technical Center, Peoria: $1,000 to implement a radioactivity project for high school science students – in a safe and controller manner; Jacob DuPree, teacher, Dr. Ryan Olson, principal. 

    Grants by PNC Charitable Trust, 
    in cooperation with the Ruby K. Worner Trust 
    Calvin Coolidge Middle School, West Peoria: $993  to create an exploratory lab on the northeastern and southwestern barn owls.  Students will discover the species which make up the ecosystems of these locations; 
    Leslie Maroon, teacher; Thomas Blumer, principal. 
    Page 7 of 10 - Dunlap Community District 323, Dunlap: $1,000 to implement a week long study of the 60s, the decade of change.  The student body will know what life was like some 50 years ago; Tony Redlingshafer, teacher; Jason Holmes, principal. 
    Manual High School, Peoria: $864 to purchase materials for 7th & 8th grade students to conduct various science experiments to advance critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills;  Stephanie Lund and Susan McCabe, teachers; Taunya Jenkins, principal. 
    Metamora Grade School, Metamora: $563 for 6th grade science students to use “bess bug penny pull kits” to observe and quantify the pulling power of them; Cathy Hawley, teacher; Cathy Costello, principal. 
    Midwest Central High School, Manito: $645 to implement the ‘Wash, Wash, Wash your Hands’ project to develop high school science students scientific method skills, knowledge of bacterial growth and knowledge of how to prevent bacterial growth; Julie DeSutter, teacher; Julie Blair, principal. 
    Page 8 of 10 - Paul Bolin Elementary, East Peoria: $506 to purchase ‘Solar Car & Salt Water Car’ kits to be used by 5th grade students to investigage Eco-Friendly modes of travel; Marti Bierdeman, teacher; Daren Lowery, principal. 
    Pleasant Valley Elementary, Peoria: $915 to purchase Ipads to engage 3rd grade gifted students for development of generic problem finding/problem solving skills; Caressa Postin, teacher; Dr. Allen Johnson, principal. 
    Quest Charter Middle School, Peoria: $900 to purchase digital cameras for 6th and 8thgrade students to develop foundational skills in manipulating images to tell a story or convey meaning; Stephanie VanDoren, teacher; Ali Kuran, principal. 
    Riverview Grade School, East Peoria: $1,000 to implement a project to study weather basics, weather data collection and weather balloons; 
    Emily Dawson, Joann Lowry-Emery and Luann Kuehn, teachers; Michelle Lee, principal. 
    Page 9 of 10 - St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights: $130 to implement project to develop proficiency in measuring in metric units; Donna Selling,  teacher;  Maureen Bentley, principal. 
    St. Edward School, Chillicothe:  $400 to purchase ‘Soil testing’ kits to be used by 6-8 grade students to develop awareness of how the drought of 2012 affected the corn crops; Becky Shimp, teacher; John Meisinger, principal. 
    St. Philomena Grade School, Peoria:  $1,000 to implement problem solving skills project for junior high students by designing and conducting experiments which will test properties of hand sanitizers, shampoos, sunscreens and toothpaste products; Susan Tony, teacher; Jodi Peine, principal. 
    Washington Middle School, Washington:  $995 to purchase replica skulls/lego jaw models to be used by students to observe, ask questions & study the bio mechanics of bite force in mammalian jaws; Steve Werner, teacher; Joni Smith, principal. 
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    PNC Foundation 
    The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture.
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