Lexington One Educational Foundation Awards Spring 2024 Michelin Golden Apple Teacher Grants
Julie Anderson Washburn, Lexington One Educational Foundation Executive Director
Megan Moore, Lexington District One Communications Director
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2024, LEXINGTON, S.C. — The Lexington County School District One Educational Foundation recently awarded 10 Michelin Golden Apple Teacher Grant Awards to deserving teachers in Lexington County School District One. Spring Grant awards totaled $2,375.81 and will positively impact 1,549 students in nine schools in the district.
Congratulations to all of the Educational Foundation’s Spring Michelin Golden Apple Grant Award winners:
- Beechwood Middle School – Anne Peterson
- Carolina Springs Elementary School – Michelle Torok
- Forts Pond Elementary School – Patricia Deaver, Jennifer Dingeldein
- Midway Elementary School – Kelly Parker, Katie McKinley & Erin Willie
- Meadow Glen Elementary School – Sabra Denny
- Oak Grove Elementary School – Deborah Harmon
- Pleasant Hill Middle School – Garrick Ball
- Red Bank Elementary School – Rocky Burns
- River Bluff High School – Rachel Osmer
The leadership team at Michelin North America’s Lexington, SC site is terrific to make these grants possible through generous annual donations. Accordingly, the Educational Foundation offers this grant opportunity to Lexington District One teachers in the fall and spring of each school year. Teachers can apply for up to $250 in grant funds to help provide unique educational experiences for their students. The grants enable teachers to purchase items that enhance students’ learning opportunities that are not typically supported by the school budget.
A highlight of the foundation’s spring grant projects funded include STEM kits to provide hands-on learning incorporated in math, literacy and social science lessons; Go Mouse Robots to enhance STEM education and foster a deeper understanding of coding and robotics; class pedometers to enable students to track and measure personal levels of physical activities and encourage healthy life skills; and books to broaden social skills instruction in self-contained classrooms and enhance behavior strategies. Two projects focus on classroom gardens also received awards, yet teach different lessons – one teaches Cross-Categorical Class life skills, while the other teaches students about plant ecosystems and environmental sustainability.
This school year the Educational Foundation’s Michelin Golden Apple Teacher Grants have benefited a total of 2,020 students, 17 teachers’ classrooms and 11 schools in Lexington District One.
Congratulations to each of these educators for their accomplishment in earning one of the Lexington One Educational Foundation’s spring Michelin Golden Apple Teacher Grant Awards! The board and staff of the Educational Foundation deeply appreciate Michelin’s continued generosity and commitment to Lexington School District One teachers and students through the company’s long-standing partnership with the Lexington One Educational Foundation!