Since school year 2008-2009, The Arc of Greater Plymouth in partnership with The United Way of Greater Plymouth has awarded six Inspired Teacher grants of $500.00 to teachers who promote inclusion in their classrooms in creative ways. The enthusiastic response and depth of creativity of the projects proposed in previous years, has empowered our agency to continue this program and expand it each year to include more school systems. In 2016, grants were offered in Plymouth, Kingston/Silver Lake, Pembroke, Marshfield, Hanover, Carver, Duxbury and Rising Tide Charter School. Grants may be used for classroom supplies, classroom programs which promote inclusion- in school or the local community, or professional development to improve inclusive education practices.
This year’s six winners were from Plymouth, Silver-Lake High School, Pembroke High School and Kingston Elementary School. Congratulations to the following teachers, and their classrooms which will benefit from their proposals.
Jennifer Bates- Grade 4 Federal Furnace Elementary – Classroom furniture and supplies to create sensory corner for diverse inclusive 4th grade classroom
Katelyn Fitzgerald – Civics teacher 8th grade PSMS- Table top podiums for students who need to work standing.
Mary Gazzola – Goals Program Silver Lake Regional High School – Inclusive Screen printing business in partnership with SLRHS Technology department. To print and set up a storefront to sell in-school.
Maria Husted – Pembroke School District Transition Program Grades 12+ – Laptop projector for visual presentations
Beth Ann Keane – District Wide Basic Skills Program – Nathaniel Morton Elementary-training funds for a second handler for Assistance Dog, Beamer.
Mary Ellen McKeen – Grade 5 Sped teacher PSMS- Classroom supplies – Zuma Rocker
Donna Tresca – Grade 1 Kingston Elementary – Classroom supplies – greenhouse kit as part of integrated science curriculum.