On Wednesday, Feb. 1, three Roxboro Community School (RCS) teachers were surprised with gifts that will benefit their students.
Spanish teacher Laura Carver, art teacher Anne Bettendorf and dance teacher Teresa Coleman each received mini-grants of $300 from the Person County Education Foundation (PCEF).
PCEF Executive Director Jennifer Kafer presented the awards, along with Roxboro Community Middle School Principal Donna Ingram.
Coleman said she would use her grant funds to purchase a rear projection screen so her students can create “shadow dances.” She said this would allow her high school students to be “even more creative with choreography,” and her middle school students would be “able to enhance their story telling through dance.” She added, “I am so excited about receiving this grant.”
Bettendorf said she would use the grant to purchase clay and glazes for middle school art students.
“The timing is perfect, as our supply is running low at this point in the year. The award of this grant was a surprise that will help us to create more in-depth ceramics lessons during this second semester. I truly appreciate the support of the Person County Education Foundation and cannot wait to enrich our curriculum with this grant,” said Bettendorf.
In December, Carver’s students attended the theatrical performance Fiesta Latina, by the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet Ensemble, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham.
Carver said, “Attending this interactive performance afforded students the opportunity to learn more about the history and diversity of the people and cultures of Latin America by way of music and dances most had never seen or heard. The Person County Education Foundation grant will cover unpaid transportation costs associated with the trip.”
According to PCEF, the teacher mini-grants are “offered in an effort to promote opportunities for new idea, experience-type cultural arts and STEM enrichment programs.”