Teachers win $500 grants; kids benefit


Kids in area schools will experience the westward expansion through a simulation project, practice math during tournaments, and take a field trips among other things thanks to Family Trust teacher grants.

Twenty $500 grants were awarded Thursday during a banquet that honored the 34 teachers who were awarded individual and collaborative grants. Representatives from York and Chester school districts, principals, and educators who scored the grants celebrated along with the teachers.

“The money helped us purchase specific reading leveled biographies that went along with our first grade famous American unit, said Kathleen Mills, who got a grant along with a team of teachers at Tega Cay Elementary. “It’s awesome to hear first graders exclaim, ‘Hey, I can read that book all by myself.’”

The students also got a math lesson when learning about the price of books, she said. “They have been learning a lot and really enjoying the new additions to our classroom libraries.”

A total $10,000 was awarded this year. Family Trust has given over $120,000 to educators since the Teacher Grant program was established 15 years ago.

Grant winners are:


Chester School District
Stacey Finch, Stephanie Jacobs, Sarah Nivens, Leann Sides, Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology


Clover School District
Ann Bailes, Bethany Elementary
Erica Shannon, Oakridge Elementary
Kay Wessinger, Bethel Elementary


Fort Mill School District
Christine Newsom, Fort Mill Elementary
Erin Owens, Riverview Elementary
Amanda Shamblin, Springfield Elementary
Trish Mumaw, Leslie Nivens and Amy Rossett, Banks Trail Middle School
Becca Burch, Beth Burns, Katie Durkin, Kelly Elkins, Claire Honeycutt, Kathleen Mills and Sarah Gould, Tega Cay Elementary


Rock Hill School District
Seberina R. Myles, Lesslie Elementary
Mandy Wolff, Applied Technology Center


York School District
Aubrey Caldwell, York Middle
Clarissa Fowler, Harold C. Johnson Elementary
Debbie Lancaster, York Intermediate
DeEtte Mann, York Intermediate
Lesley Reel, York Comprehensive High
Sherry Whitesides, Cotton Belt
Andrew Dean, David Frintner, Joey Moore and Tracy Warren, York Comprehensive High
Crystal Applegate and Lena Brewster, Jefferson Elementary