It wasn't quite Publishers Clearing House but the Clinton Community Education Foundation made just as grand of an entrance in Clinton Schools classrooms Thursday morning.
The annual CCEF teacher grants were awarded to the classrooms of the winning educators across four of the five buildings in the district and Foundation board members Russell Long and Barbara Gullone says this was a great year of teacher grants.
Gullone indicates they are looking for creative ideas to enhance the district classrooms. Long believes they got the creativity they were looking for.
Christina Soberalski has been planning to host children's author Patricia Polacco and part of the CCEF grants this year were to help pay the expenses to bring her to Clinton. Additionally, she indicates there will be three sessions with one to include the opportunity to come out and hear her speak.
2nd-grade teacher Bethany Coffman indicates her classroom is making STEM upgrades thanks to the $500 grant she received.
4th-grade teacher Kristin Wilson says her class is going to use a $500 grant to purchase technology to help track their kids' activity during recess.
Carissa O'Brien, a fourth-grade teacher at Clinton Elementary School, indicates she is going to be purchasing picture books for her students that help them identify and deal with emotions. Her grant is for just over $412.
3rd-grade teacher Rebecca Howell indicates her $811 grant is going to be for special critical thinking puzzles for her students to do during a designated part of their day.
Special education teacher Autumn Kenney (below) says her CES classroom is going to expand on their program that improves communication skills and teamwork skills. Her grant is for just over $628.
Clinton Junior High School teacher Jessica Hubrich says the grant will go towards her special education classroom to help her students.
Danielle Ward, a sixth-grade teacher at Clinton Junior High School, explains her classroom is receiving document cameras that are going to help her students increase their learning comprehension.
In the junior high school, Amy Whisker says her classes will receive upgraded sewing machines, something they are desperately in need of. Her grant is for $1000.
Savannah Riegler (below), ag mechanics teacher at Clinton Junior High School, says her grant for $220 will help purchase a new nail gun and air tank for their projects.
Kendra Abner's Consumer Science class at Clinton High School is going to take on international cooking and she explains they are going to use their $500 grant for the authentic ingredients they are going to need.
Wayne Snearly, the automotive teacher at Clinton High School, says he is seeking to use his $358 grant to upgrade the equipment in their shop to help students work on newer model vehicles.
First-grade teacher Amanda Brady indicates the first-grade class at Lincoln School is going to be purchasing books for their students to take home. Their grant is for $500.
Fifth-grade teacher Samantha Rybacki is working to bring children's author David Biedrzycki to the community next year. Additionally, the CCEF is providing funding for Clinton Junior High School students to return to the Heartland Community College Challenger Academy again, a trip students are on this week.