Apple Awards Conferred|
|oment||Posted June 13, 2013|
The 2013 Apple Awards were presented to three creative teachers in Whitney schools at the teachers’ end-of-year luncheon on June 3. White Bluff Chapel established the Apple Award grant program six years ago and since then, it has been collaborating with the Whitney I.S.D. to recognize visionary teachers in the schools with the $700 annual awards. The goal of this program is to enrich the educational experiences of students and to reward innovative and creative teachers.
Sharon Ward received her Apple Award grant to purchase school access to a website called BrainPop Jr. for second grade students. It is an animated curriculum which engages students on multiple subjects. She will share this access with the other second grade teachers to bring learning and fun together as a teacher-directed tool.
Yvonne Rangel, the High School Spanish teacher, received her grant to purchase costumes and expand the wardrobe for the Spanish Dance Troupe. The Dance Troupe performs at school and community functions such as Arribafest, Pioneer Days, and Westfest.
Maggie Pratka, the Elementary School Kindergarten teacher, received her grant to purchase school access to an online reading program called Scholastic BookFlix for grades Pre-K through 2nd grade. The program will also enable students and their siblings to access the online reading program from home.
A fourth special award was also granted this year to Sara Ripley who received $182 toward the purchase pf supplies for the Intermediate school Special Education self-contained classroom.
Members of the Apple Awards committee are Janis Collins, Jennifer May, Russ Gauer, Melody Haley, Grace Hewitt, Gail Kralik, Carolyn Kuhlmann, Melissa Marbut, Sandy Moore, Jane Osborn, Sheri Pelham, Gene Solis, and Linda Turner. Kralik, Kuhlmann, Moore, Osborn and Turner represent White Bluff Chapel’s Educational Sub-Committee for the Apple Awards.