Chevron provides aid for teachers
Chevron is seeing to it that the ideas teachers develop to help students in the classroom become reality. Annual Teacher Classroom Grants from Chevron, totaling $25,865, were awarded to 33 Kern County teachers on July 28 to help make the ideas reality. Teachers from 12 school districts gathered at the Chevron Bakersfield Energy Center in Bakersfield to receive grants awarded in individual increments of from $250 to $1,000. Grants are intended to support exemplary projects and innovations in math, science, reading, health and safety training, along with helping prepare students for the work place.
Since Chevron began the Teacher Classroom Grant Program six years ago, it has donated more than $147,000 to fund 186 classroom grants, reaching more than 30,000 students.
Kern County Superintendent of Schools Larry E. Reider attended the awards ceremony. Reider's office collaborates with Chevron making payment of the checks with funds provided by Chevron.
"Chevron's participation underscores the firm's commitment to community citizenship," Reider said. "It gives many of the county's classroom teachers the resources to try out new approaches that increase student learning and interest in the subject matter. Resources are always an issue, and these awards help stretch those resources."
Kern County Superintendent of Schools' (KCSOS) Special Education teachers Marcia Larson, who teaches at Norris Elementary, and Lucette Ravaens-Bottomley, who teaches at Taft Primary Jumpsite, were among those who received grants. Larson's grant is titled "It's News to Me," while Ravaens-Bottomley received funding for her "Health & Safety Training/Habitat of Plants/Animals" program.
This year 25 schools in 12 school districts benefitted. Eligible public schools are located in areas where Chevron has facilities and are limited to public high schools in the Kern High, Taft Union High, Wasco Union High, Maricopa Unified, Coalinga and San Ardo school districts and K-8 public schools that feed them. Grant requests must follow California education content standards and be used to fund materials, supplies and equipment only.
2005-06 Chevron Teacher Classroom Grants
Carole Lynn Anderson -- Sequoia Elementary
Maria Avila -- Lost Hills Elementary
*LeeAnn Bergen -- Lost Hills Elementary
Melanie Black -- Harding School
Sarah Botts -- Orangewood Elementary
Deanna Calley -- Wayside School
Jennifer Constantine -- Endeavour Elementary
Louise Cooper -- Buttonwillow Elementary
Will Cooper -- Bakersfield High
Donna Giuntoli -- Lost Hills Elementary
Dawn Godbehere -- Freedom Middle
Joe Hawthorne -- Haven Drive Middle
Diane Hislop and Elizabeth Leipnik -- Frank West School
Roxanne Honaker -- Rosedale Middle
Karen Howard, Joyce Victor, Mercedes Cabrern, Lenora Roland, Cynthia Rhoten, Lynel Moore and Leslie Smith -- Owens Primary
Laurie Kessler -- Noble School
Dena Kiouses -- Del Rio Elementary
Marcia Larson -- KCSOS, Norris Elementary
Bonita Lopez -- Orangewood Elementary
* Melody Lotter -- Lost Hills Elementary
BreAnne Maltone -- Almondale Elementary
Holly Mell -- Freedom Middle
Julie Moore -- Beardsley Intermediate
Karen Nguyen --McKinley School
Lucette Raevens-Bottomly, -- KCSOS, Taft Primary Jumpsite
Jim Riccomini -- Washington Junior High
Leslie Roberts -- Freedom Middle
Carol Sayer -- Mt. Vernon School
Georganne Smith --Bill Williams School
Joan Stiles Weber -- Schuetz Career Center/ Golden Valley High School
Christine Wood -- Franklin School
* received grants for two separate programs
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