Darlington County Education Foundation surprises teachers with more than $8,000 in grants

Darlington County Education Foundation surprises teachers with more than $8,000 in grants
Posted on 06/12/2019
Darlington High School Grant RecipientDARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County Education Foundation (DCEF) recently continued it annual tradition of surprising Darlington County School District teachers in their classrooms with grants.

Teachers at six schools earned seven grants from the DCEF totaling more than $8,000. Those seven grants will benefit nearly 2,000 students across the district. An anonymous donor paid for an eighth project, and the DCEF also delivered that surprise check.

Andrea Pulling, executive director of the DCEF, surprised the teachers in their classrooms with the money. She thanked all of the teachers for their passion and dedication in teaching children.

“On behalf of the Darlington County Education Foundation, I offer my congratulations to this year’s recipients,” Pulling said. “The DCEF was honored to award the grants. We applaud the educators in our district and are grateful for the work they do every day for children. Thank you for making a difference.”

The grants awarded by the DCEF for 2019 are:

• Sarah Davidson Kelley – West Hartsville Elementary - $952.00 for “Up Close and Personal,” which will provide money for all fifth graders to take a field trip to the S.C. State Museum.

• Alicia Fontenette – North Hartsville Elementary School - $500.00 for “Wiggle While You Work,” which will provide flexible seating for a classroom.

• Kristin Nicholson and Michelle Turner – North Hartsville Elementary School - $3,000 for “Reading is Breathing In, Writing is for Breathing Out,” which will provide reading and writing opportunities for all students of North Hartsville Elementary School students. Author Lester Laminack will visit the school and teaching the children valuable instructions in reading and writing.

• Kate Wright – Brunson-Dargan Elementary School – $535.32 for “We Will Succeed Because We Read,” which will purchase classroom books for a class.

• Sharon Cox – Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology – $493.98 for “Nspire Hearts 4 Whiskers,” a program that will include heart-healthy exercise as a part of learning mathematics standards.

• Terry Langley-Dubose – Darlington High School – $1,861.98 for “Let’s Spread School Spirit.” The grant will afford a class at Darlington High School the opportunity to create an enterprising business. The students will create and make buttons to sell at different sporting events and activities at school.

• April McPherson – Spaulding Middle School – $750 for “Enhancing the T in STEM!” The money will fund robots and a 3-D printer.

• (Anonymous Donation) – Justin Means and Frank O’Shea – Darlington High School – $150 for additional funding for the Falcon Young Men of Distinction organization.

Founded in 1998 by parents, business partners and community leaders, the DCEF is “determined to provide additional support and public recognition for outstanding public school educators who daily invest their lives in the children of the Darlington County School District,” according to the foundation’s website. For more information, please visit www.TheDCEF.org.

Please click HERE for photos of all of the grant recipients!