Friday, February 17, 2017

2016 LCARSP Classroom Grant Recipients

Each year the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel (LCARSP) sponsors classroom grants for our four county school districts.  These $200 grants are designed to give some financial assistance to teachers for needed classroom items, not provided in classroom budgets.  Each year, one teacher from each of the four county school districts is awarded one of these $200 grants.  In December of 2016, these four teachers were awarded a $200 classroom grant:  Jill Calvin, First Grade Teacher, Boone Elementary, Lincoln County R-III, Troy; Ariel Dahlia, Special Education Teacher, Middle and High School, Lincoln County R-IV, Winfield; Jeanne Ogden, Fifth Grade Teacher, Ida Cannon Middle School, Lincoln county R-II, Elsberry; and Cat Van Horn, Kindergarten Teacher, Lincoln County R-I School District, Silex.

Ariel Dahlia
   Ariel Dahlia is one of the Special Education teachers of the Winfield R-IV School District and has been since December of 2015.  This is her first teaching position and absolutely loves her job.  She earned her Bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, along with a minor in Autism Studies.  She is a native of St. Louis and attended the Affton School District.

Mrs. Jill Calvin
Mrs. Calvin also taught at Troy Primary School from 1998-2003.

Jeanne Ogden
   Jeanne Odgen received the grant for the Lincoln County R-II School District.  She plans to share it with the other fifth grade teachers from Ida Cannon Middle School.  Jeanne graduated from Missouri Baptist University in 2005, Megan graduated from Lindenwood University in 2015 and Becky graduated from Truman State University in 2013.  
   They plan to use the grant money for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities.  The STEM activities involve collaborative, reading, watching videos, making a plan, building houses, making a pipeline, creative a toy, spider webs, having a budget, persuasive writing and more.

Mrs. Cat Van Horn

   Cat Van Horn and her family (Gary, husband; Austyn, daughter; Anderson, son) live in Silex.  Cat is a Silex High School graduate and received her BA of Education at Lindenwood University and completed her Masters degree from William Woods.  She taught for ten years in the Troy School District and is now "back home" teaching for her 11th year as a Silex Owl!  
   Her classroom grant will be used to support technology-based lessons in her kindergarten classroom.  Since students are motivated by their innate abilities to research and engineer, the purchased technology devices will allow them to further their exploration and to answer questions to enhance their knowledge base.