The Holmes County Education Foundation recently unveiled the recipients of its 2024 classroom mini-grants. The initiative aims to bolster educational endeavors across the county, providing financial support to projects that promise to enrich the academic experience for students. 

A total of seven educators from various schools have been awarded grants of $500 each, selected through a rigorous evaluation process.

The grant recipients include Jordan Dady, Kaitlyn Walker, and Debra Miles from Bonifay K-8 School; Kaycee Valcourt and Gail Mann from Bethlehem High School; Tammy Godwin from Holmes County High School; and Brionna Arrant from Poplar Springs High School. 

Bonifay K-8 grant recipient Jordan Kay is seen here with Holmes County Education Foundation Coordinator Dr. Emily McCann. [CONTRIBUTED]

The selection criteria focused on the clarity of the project, its potential impact, innovation, feasibility, and budget justification. The Foundation has chosen projects it believes will enhance the academic learning and broaden educational horizons for students. 

The awarded projects span a variety of subjects and initiatives, ranging from STEM programs to literacy centers and even a field study focused on the ecosystems of Dune Lakes. 

The Foundation recognizes the crucial role educators play in shaping the future and is committed to supporting their endeavors. 

Bonifay K-8 grant recipient Kaitlyn Walker is seen here with Holmes County Education Foundation Coordinator Dr. Emily McCann. [CONTRIBUTED]

Through these grants, the foundation seeks to foster innovation and excellence in education across the county. Dr. Emily McCann, coordinator for the foundation, expressed her excitement about the impact of the grants, noting the joy of the teachers and the potential benefits for students. 

Bonifay K-8 K-4 Principal Tiffany Steverson and K-8 ELA/Science/Social Studies Curriculum
Stephanie Paul stand in for grant recipient Debra Miles, who was administering a test. They are seen here with Holmes County Education Foundation Coordinator Dr. Emily McCann. [CONTRIBUTED]

“After I explained why I was in one class, the teacher smiled and said, ‘We won? Guys, this is for you! This is for the class” McCann said. “On behalf of Mr. Matt Tate, board president, and the entire board, the Holmes County Education Foundation congratulates the grant recipients and looks forward to the positive impact of their projects on student learning and achievement.”

For more information about the foundation and its initiatives, visit the Holmes County Education Foundation Facebook page.

Holmes County High School grant recipient Tammy Godwin is seen here. [CONTRIBUTED]
Poplar Springs High School grant recipient Brionna Arrant is seen here with Assistant Principal Cynthia
Bethlehem High School grant recipient Kaycee Valcourt is seen here with her students, Principal Rod
Jones, and Assistant Principal and Holmes County Education Foundation board member, Heather

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