Teachers Receive $10k in Mini-Grants

Posted: November 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

We believe there is no greater calling than to invest in the youth and future leaders of our great community. That’s why PRECO’s Operation Round Up charitable foundation recently awarded $10,000 to local schools through our recently created Teacher Mini-Grant program.

We know that teachers often struggle for the funding needed to host special activities for their students. That’s why we invited educators to submit an online application for a chance to receive up to $500 for their classroom.

Recipient list:

Teacher School County Project Amount
Mrs. Kera Picker Virgil Mill ES Manatee Cooking & Science in Classroom  $      500.00
Mrs. Cara Hamrich Buffalo Creek MS Manatee Book Study/Science  $      500.00
Mrs. Gloria Neel North Wauchula ES Hardee An Amazing 21 Days  $      498.00
Mrs. Elizabeth Kimbrell Freedom ES Manatee FES Lights Up the Stage  $      497.00
Mrs. Lori Bedeman Tara ES Manatee Sunshine State Readers Competition  $      496.00
Mrs. Jacque Weight-Lukes Palm View K-8 Manatee Ukulele Lessons  $      493.00
Mr. Casey Fabianski Braden River HS Manatee Learning How to Print  $      492.00
Mrs. Laura Wells Zolfo Springs ES Hardee Bringin’ the Noise  $      492.00
Ms. Julie Reynolds Avon Park ES Highlands STEM for the Future  $      478.00
Mrs. Heather Haman Sunrise ES Brevard Math and Beyond  $      462.00
Ms. Olga Pena Parrish Comm HS Manatee Newspaper Production Technology  $      457.00
Mrs. Alyse Bianchi Virgil Mill ES Manatee Bringing Fam. Together w/Literature  $      450.00
Mrs. Rachael Patrick Virgil Mills ES Manatee Born to Blossom  $      440.00
Dr. Dana McCarthy Palm View K-8 Manatee Band Instrucment Repair  $      431.00
Mrs. Adriana H. Gore Parrish Comm HS Manatee Applied Engineering Technology  $      427.00
Mrs. Anne Davis Blackburn ES Manatee Improving Early Literacy  $      400.00
Mrs. Joadie Durfee Harvey ES Manatee Let’s Grow  $      370.00
Mrs. Connie Barnes Babson Park ES Polk ESE Garden  $      370.00
Mrs. Heather Nyland Virgil Mills ES Manatee Dive into a Book  $      321.00
Mrs. Nora Hyde Braden River MS Manatee Captivating Curr. Events for Science  $      314.00
Mrs. Chelsea Kelly Hilltop ES Hardee Growing Readers  $      311.00
Mrs. Alice Lander McNeal ES Manatee Brag Tags for Readers  $      301.00
Mr. Charles Rogalia Tara ES Manatee SSYRA-Fla Sunshine Books  $      250.00
Mrs. Jeanne Rogers Tara ES Manatee Building Strong Readers  $      250.00

PRECO received more than 80 Mini-Grant applications. Operation Round Up’s board of directors is already making plans to make Teacher Mini-Grants available once again in August 2022.