Currituck Education Foundation awards mini grants

Published 10:04 am Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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At a recent virtual meeting of the Currituck Education Foundation, four projects supporting Currituck County Schools were awarded mini-grant funding.

Danna Pierro of Central Elementary School received a grant for “Light Filters For Concentration.” Proper lighting is not only essential for student performance, it is also an environmental factor that affects teacher performance as well. This will reduce eyestrain and diffuse the harsh glare of fluorescent lighting. It will create a calming and pleasant learning atmosphere.

Roberta Matkins of Knotts Island Elementary School was awarded a grant for “Exceptional Children Classroom Book Replenishment Project.” The funds will be used to replace outdated books. New books purchased will be of high interest/low readability. High interest/low readability books are more attractive and age appropriate/more relatable in terms of format and plot. These books can be very motivating for reluctant readers.

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Lacy Iacano of Shawboro Elementary School was awarded a grant for “Hands-On Science in the Classroom.” Funds will be utilized to purchase updated/new science materials that have broken, expired or are nonfunctional. This mini-grant was sponsored by Jim Hartmann/Rescom Property Services of NC, Inc.

Dana Newbern of Jarvisburg Elementary School was awarded a grant for the “Garden” project. The funds would be to replace the existing garden bed structures/frames that have rotted with a metal one, then add new soil and plants. The garden beds would be maintained by the students so they can build an understanding of how plants survive in their environments. The garden beds can be seen from the front entrance to the building and will add to the appearance of grounds and the whole school will enjoy looking at and observing the gardens. This mini-grant was sponsored by Sharon United Methodist Women (Poplar Branch).

The Currituck Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to support public education in Currituck County. For more information on how to be involved or to make a donation, visit