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TAYLORVILLE — The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide. IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 40,000. Two local educator received grant money.
Pamela DeWerff, Taylorville Jr High School, Taylorville ($699.00) Area 5
This grant would fund an astronomy club project. Taylorville Jr. High has students that are interested in astronomy. There are no opportunities for many of the students to view and learn about the night sky. The Orion telescope will give students that chance to actually view the night sky and learn about the universe we live in.
Jessica Reber, Taylorville Junior High School, Taylorville ($625.81) Area 5
My classroom is in need of a standing table for students to work at. This allows them to get out of their seats and do their work and learn more comfortably, especially for group projects. The standing table will be beneficial to all of my students, but especially for my students who require more movement. It will allow them to collaborate and work together on a variety of projects.
The IRTA Foundation designed this program based on the idea that educators often do not have additional revenue sources available for unique student projects or classroom materials. This program allotted a total of $36,500 to Illinois public school educators for these purposes.
Applicants were required to meet the proper criteria and to submit their proposals by early June. The IRTAF Board of Directors selected the grant recipients and awards are being presented now. The Illinois Principals Association played a vital role in assisting IRTAF with the promotion of this program.