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WRVEC Awards 12 Power Up Grants to Ozark Teachers

Grant for books

Maria Turner, OMS teacher, plans to purchase high-interest books for her classroom library with her $584 grant, which her students are very excited about.



White River Valley Electric Trust Board recently awarded $75,000 in grants to 22 area schools, and Ozark fared well, receiving 12 grants totaling nearly $8,000. 


According to a press release from White River Valley Electric Cooperative, the Power Up grants are designed to “enhance the education of area students by providing teachers funds to purchase additional resources for their classrooms.”


Ozark’s grants range from $300 to purchase classroom books about the Holocaust, to $750 to purchase equipment for Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices to help students better communicate. 


Tiger Paw Early Childhood Center Teacher Sarah Shivler said she is thankful for organizations like WRVEC that make grants available to teachers, which in turn supports students of all ages. Shivler will use her $700 grant to purchase a light table and manipulatives.


“Light tables can be a versatile tool in the classroom. It enables the teacher to pick engaging activities that target specific skills for each child,” Shivler said. “Our goal in early childhood is to close any gaps or delays a student might have now, so they can be even more successful once they start kindergarten.”


Whitley Karanja, academic interventionist at South Elementary, said she is purchasing memory activities and games for teachers to use in the classroom with her $745 grant. 


“Students will have the opportunities to begin exercising their brains through working memory activities and learning to hold information in more than one way,” she said. 


Congratulations to the following Ozark teachers:


  • Whitley Karanja, South Elementary academic interventionist - $745, working memory library

  • Kristine Drane, Tiger Paw physical therapist - $740, indoor recess equipment including upright scooter and trikes of appropriate size for preschoolers

  • Sarah Shivler, Tiger Paw teacher - $700, light table and manipulatives 

  • Karen Harvey, North Elementary music teacher - $716, digital resources, books and instruments to connect music and literacy 

  • Jody Dalton, Ozark Junior High social studies teacher - $683, new world atlas for geography class

  • Cale McAninch, Ozark High School industrial education teacher - $750, replacing infeed roller on wide belt sander to make current machine usable

  • Maria Turner, Ozark Middle School special education teacher - $584, high-interest books to expand the resource setting classroom library

  • Brittany Ferguson, Ozark High School science teacher - $500, class set of calculators and a calculator holder

  • Monica Snodgrass, Amanda Grandon and Mahala Coker, Tiger Paw teachers - $750 (three grants totalling $2,250), Ipads, cases and keyguards for use as AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices in classrooms

  • Sandi Criswell, Ozark High School English teacher - $300, high-interest books about the Holocaust for classroom library

WRVEC Awards 12 Power Up Grants to Ozark TeachersWhitley Karanja, academic interventionist at South Elementary, plays a memory game with some students. She is using her $745 grant to purchase additional memory activities and games for teachers to use in the classroom.