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Clover LEAF funds more than $12,000 in teacher grants

More than $12,000 was awarded for 14 grants to help Clover School District teachers through the Clover Leaders for Educational Advancement Foundation Inc.

There were 56 grants submitted requesting $44,446.25, both record setting.

“It is a joy each year to read the applications and peer into your classrooms and the hopes and dreams you have for your students,” said Ginger Bowman, Clover LEAF president. “Many times the grant applicants extend learning opportunities to their students that would otherwise not be possible.”

The following grants will be funded this year:

▪ Be Epic in Job Seeking by Renee Monteith and Beth van Etten of Clover High School - $981.99. This project aims to design and market an employment booth to help students learn how to search for careers, practice interview etiquette and more.

▪ Life on the Farm by Kelsey Anderson of Clover High School - $1,000. This project will fund updates, renovations and additions to the on-campus farm. Students in the agriculture program breed meat goats and part of the renovation will create separate areas for goats of different ages.

▪ Culinary Art Goes Pro! by Bou Baker of Clover High School - $1,047.26. Culinary students will benefit from recorded cooking demonstrations filmed in the school’s cooking lab by Chef Bou. In time, students will record their own demonstrations for broadcast on the televisions in the cafeteria.

▪ Read. Share. Swap by Carmen Boheler of Clover Middle School - $1,000. CMS students will receive a high-interest, good quality book of their choice to take home for the summer.

▪ Motivating Reluctant Writers and Increasing Communication with Wireless Keyboards by Susan Hopper of Clover Middle School - $556.19. Hopper’s students will receive Bluetooth keyboards to enhance daily writing activities including reader response prompts, journals and essays. The keyboards also will be used by the school’s journalism club.

▪ Steel Making a Difference by Dan Lenard and Anne Lewis of Clover Middle School - $900. Band students will learn more in their study of performance music from other cultures through the addition of a Calypso steel drum. This will add to a collection of African djembes.

▪ Excite, Enrich, Energize with Math Olympiads by Jessica Allred and Rachel Hester of Crowders Creek Elementary School - $431.98. Fourth- and fifth-graders will participate in this internationally known competitive program that stimulates exploring mathematics topics, concepts and strategies.

▪ Boosting Literacy with Clover’s Little Free Libraries by Crowders Creek’s Rebecca Crute - $1,000. Through this grant, three Little Free Libraries will be placed in the community where adults and children will be able to take any book from the box and leave another in its place.

▪ Raiders of the Lost Trunks by Erin Few, Alicia Gross, and Lisa Killian, all of Crowders Creek, - $995.97. Students will use inquiry skills to explore artifacts, primary and secondary documents and foods from three periods in history.

▪ Signing Time by Jean Weisner of Griggs Road Elementary School - $1,000. Students at Griggs Road will learn how to communicate using sign language. Also, the students in Weisner’s multi-grade special education class will broaden their sign language signs and learn to communicate more effectively through the use of the Signing Time DVD-series.

▪ Weather Station by Samantha McCarter and Julie DeCuir of Griggs Road - $1,000. The grant will be used to set up an outdoor weather station for use by second- and fourth-graders to observe, record and track weather.

▪ For the Love of Reading by Kelly Ussery of Kinard Elementary School - $993.57. Aiming to help struggling readers, listening libraries will be created for students in third to fifth grades. The books offered would be higher reading levels than the students’ independent reading levels, providing them with the opportunity to build vocabulary while being exposed to books they would not read on their own.

▪ Kids in Balance by Nadine Cash of Kinard Elementary - $999.67. Students will learn the importance of balance and flexibility through the introduction of yoga in physical education classes. Cash says she’ll offer an after-school yoga program with age-appropriate yoga instruction.

▪ Technology Portfolio by Michelle Hubbard, also from Kinard - $448.08. All fifth-graders at Kinard will have access to a wireless printer to print technology portfolios so students can take pride in their work and share their masterpieces.

Clover LEAF has given more than $125,000 since 1986. Clover LEAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting teachers and students in the Clover School District. For more information, visit