Kentucky Power awards Teacher Vision Grants

Rachel Frazier, a teacher at Jones Fork Elementary School, was joined by her students and Principal Brent Hall as Kentucky Power’s Bob Shurtleff presents her with a Teacher Vision Grant to fund a virtual reality project.
Rachel Frazier, a teacher at Jones Fork Elementary School, was joined by her students and Principal Brent Hall as Kentucky Power’s Bob Shurtleff presents her with a Teacher Vision Grant to fund a virtual reality project.

HAZARD, Ky. (May 11, 2017) – Teachers in Knott, Perry and Greenup counties are the 2017 recipients of a Teacher Vision Grant from Kentucky Power. The program rewards teachers with mini-grants up to $500 to incorporate creative and innovative lessons into their classrooms. The annual grants are designed to support small projects that teachers all too often use their own money to fund if they did not receive the grants.

Hazard High School Principal Happy Mobelini and Assistant Superintendent Sondra Combs joined Kentucky Power’s Greg Sparkman as he presents teacher Brittany Wolfe with a Teacher Vision Grant to buy supplies for the school’s new lab.
Hazard High School Principal Happy Mobelini and Assistant Superintendent Sondra Combs joined Kentucky Power’s Greg Sparkman as he presents teacher Brittany Wolfe with a Teacher Vision Grant to buy supplies for the school’s new lab.

“At Kentucky Power, we recognize that teachers and education are key to the success of eastern Kentucky,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. “That’s why we’re happy to support teachers with programs like Teacher Vision Grants. The grants recognize the talents and creativity of preschool through 12th grade educators devoted to motivating young people.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

1. Jones Fork Elementary School in Knott County, Rachel Frazier, $480, to create a futuristic virtual classroom with the purchase of an Amazon Echo and Google cardboard virtual reality goggles.

2. Carr Creek Elementary in Knott County, Ashley Taylor, $490, create a futuristic virtual classroom with the purchase of an Amazon Echo, an Amazon Firestick, and Google cardboard virtual reality goggles.

3. Roy G. Eversole in Hazard, Nikki Roberts, $479, to purchase Electricity and Magnetism Kits for electricity and magnet experiments; Starla Fannin, $240, to purchase Build-A-Robot Science Kits for a kindergarten robotics project.

4. Hazard Middle School, Ashley Haynes, $173, to purchase Kill-a-Watt electronic power monitors for experiments; Melissa Clemons, $500, to purchase an iPad or Chromebooks for use in Reading plus classes.

5. Hazard High School, Brittany Wolfe, $385, to purchase lab equipment for life science.

6. Greenup County High School, Amanda Hensley, $500, to purchase a 3-D printer for the school’s library to increase student knowledge of design and engineering.

The grants were presented to teachers at Carr Creek Elementary, Roy G. Eversole, Hazard Middle School and Hazard High School on Thursday. Frazier received her grant Wednesday at Jones Fork Elementary, and Hensley received hers Tuesday at Greenup County High School.

Kentucky Power, an American Electric Power (AEP) company based in Ashland, Kentucky, launched the annual Teacher Vision Grant program in 2003. Teachers submit their project proposals for funding consideration to Kentucky Power each year.

Recipients are chosen by a committee. All educators who live or teach in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities can apply for a grant. Projects that have an academic focus and a goal of improving student achievement are eligible. AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety and the balanced study of energy and the environment.

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