Nine teachers in Staunton City Schools have received a total of eleven Creative Classroom Grants from the Valley Alliance for Education (VAE) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    The awards were distributed to grant authors:
    Nicole Hostetter and Dwight Huyard at Bessie Weller Elementary
    Christy Davis and Heather Smith-Reeps at McSwain Elementary School
    Donna Morris, Chandler Sansing and Wayne Zink at Shelburne Middle School
    Jennifer Goss at Robert E. Lee High School
    Shelley Garrison and Sandy Powell at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents.
    These grants, totaling over $11,000, will fund specific projects focusing on multiple subject areas and will provide supplemental classroom materials for many innovative and engaging instructional activities.  “We are thrilled to be receiving so many grants this year” said Dori Walk, Executive Director of Instruction for Staunton City Schools. “Our teachers work very hard to develop new and creative ways to engage students and we are grateful for the Valley Alliance for Education partnering with us to provide funding for so many of these special instructional projects through the Creative Classroom Grants program.”
    The VAE awards the grant funds based on the creativity and educational merit of the project and its benefit to students. Throughout this school year, the teachers in Staunton City Schools receiving the grants will purchase the materials and implement their activities. The materials purchased will benefit this year’s students as well as students for many years to come.  The Valley Alliance for Education is a group of citizens and businesses who, through donations, promote, inspire, and recognize educational excellence in the area. The VAE has been awarding Creative Classroom Grants since 2003. Teachers in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County are eligible to apply for the grants. For 2015-2016, VAE awarded 25 Creative Classroom Grants totaling $27,400.66 across the three school divisions.