Congratulations to Connie Hughes (Bell City R-II) and Karla Wright (Ripley Co. R-III) for winning $100 classroom grants from the Missouri State Teachers Foundation.

Connie Hughes: “I am starting a STEM maker space this year in the library and am trying to add more hands-on materials for the students. Hands-on products produce excitement for learning and provide opportunities for skills that will serve students well into their future: social-emotional learning, adaptability, resilience, critical thinking and more! Here are some things I would like to eventually add to the area as funds are available: stencils, white boards, Knex, more legos, Keva blocks, games, puzzles, snap circuit sets, megnatiles, wooden blocks, straws and connectors, Play Doh, IO blocks, zoobs, Squigs, and Powerclix.”

Karla Wright: “What was the first thing I did when  asked to move to a lower level ? I sorted through my classroom library for appropriate level books. I only found one-third will work. I’m at a title 1 school.  Now I’m on a mission to refill the bookshelf!   I would love to be able to have my kindergarten class to sponsor Bookworm  Days throughout the year! We could come dressed as our book character and share our book with a friend. We could do quiet reading, or read alongs and dramas. We would include the art director to have them create illustrations and backdrops! The possibilities are endless!! Please help us become a school full of book lovers!!!”

You can apply for next month’s Missouri State Teachers Foundation mini-grant! Good luck!