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West Science Teacher Hopes to Inspire Students with $5,000 Grant

Ozark West Elementary Science Teacher Angela Lurvey was excited to learn she received a $5,000 grant from John Deere through Project Lead the Way, and now she’s hoping the grant helps get students excited about science.

“I wasn’t expecting to receive it,” she said. “I hope it gets kids excited about things they can do with science and possible careers. I want what they learn in elementary school to gear them up for things they can use in science in later grades.”

Lurvey will use the money to purchase additional PLTW materials, such as robotics and engineering equipment that will allow interactive learning experiences. 

According to the Project Lead the Way website,, PLTW helps teachers “create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive.”

Jose Cano, manufacturing engineer with John Deere Reman, said John Deere likes supporting programs that introduce kids to engineering at an early age.

“John Deere needs people that have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and leadership skills,” he said. “Project Lead the Way is one of those projects that teaches kids to be leaders.”

West Science Teacher Hopes to Inspire Students with $5,000 Grant