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2013 GEFFE Grants Announced!
Dalton Hilton / Grove Sun
At a general meeting at the Grove High School on September
25, GEFFE announced the winners of 23 grants which represented 78% of all
applications submitted by Grove educators.
The Grove Education Foundation for Excellence (GEFFE) presented its
Fall 2013 awards. This represented $35,361.80. For more complete descriptions please check it
out at: http://www.geffe.org/grants/2013-fall-grants.html
GEFFE Announces Spring Grant Award Winners
GEFFE announced today the awarding of $21,498.65 in their
spring grant cycle to teachers in all four of Grove’s public schools, from the
Early Childhood Center to the High School.
These grants represented individual grants to collaborative grants. The most teachers in one grant were those in the
lower elementary requesting a sound system that will enable one third of their
students to hear better and be able to better participate. Pictured here accepting the grant for the
third grade is Lu Ann Dubois. The remainder
of the grants was in the areas of innovative teaching aides, books, music, exercise
equipment and computers. GEFFE said that
at their next board meeting in May, they will announce the distribution of the
iPads and accessories donated at this April’s Gala. A complete description of the individual
grants can be found at: http://www.geffe.org/grants/2013-spring-grants.html
WOW! What a GALA!
Grove Education Foundation For Excellence’s 17th GALA was an
amazing, fun filled and successful evening.
One wonders how the fantastic ladies of GEFFE can continue to top their
production every year in raising money to support the teachers and innovative
education in Grove. Krisiti Wallace,
President of the Foundation, announced that the net proceeds will once again be
over $110,000. With a theme of lights,
and 220 Chinese lanterns hung from the ceiling, a remarkable epicurean meal
provided by Shane and Kim Berry and an auction lead by Patti Beth Anderson,
Leroy Hendren and Clint Cunningham, laughter, friendship and a sense of purpose
were shared by all.
Matthews, on the left, and Susan Thomas, right, won the Shining Star Award at
the GEFFE fundraising gala on Saturday, The Shining Star
nominees are chosen from Grove school teachers and educators who submitted
grant proposals and made a positive impact on student learning. The
winners’ grant proposal was called “Flip Out Over Math!” – an innovative
approach to teaching that “flips” the normal instructional model. Lectures
are posted on the Internet with class time devoted to assignments and
one-on-one time with students.
A big surprise was in the honoring of
Barbara Townsend, one of the GEFFE’s founders, supporters and board member
emeritus. Mrs. Townsend began her life
in Punta Arenas Chile where she completed her primary education, moved to Texas
where she graduated from high school and college, and then entered the banking
industry where she met her husband, Ed. She
then moved to, Oklahoma, where she raised three daughters and along the way
moved to the promised land, Grove Oklahoma.
She has worked through the years in child services raising hundreds of
thousands of dollars for our youth via the Delaware County Children's Special Advocacy Network, GEFFE, and the
Townsend Hospital Foundation for children…not to mention many other endeavors for
which she chooses to remain anonymous.
For her work, her husband Ed donated $10,000 in her name to GEFFE.
has contributed over $820,000 to the teachers, during the last 17 years, and
this year should take us over $900,000.
We can all appreciate the outcome of supporting our teachers as this
year we had two of the state’s four principals of the year, have won the state
science fair at the mid high level 12 years running, are sending one of our
high school juniors to the international science fair, have outstanding top
scholars, and sending one of our top scholars to Harvard, came in second in the
state knowledge competition for grade schools, and have a robotics team that
walked away with numerous honors in Oklahoma and Arkansas competition. The world is changing and so is education in
Bank of Grove Platinum Contributor to GEFFE
Bank of Grove executives recently presented a check for $2,500 to GEFFE (Grove Education Foundation for Excellence) as a Platinum-level sponsor of the organization’s upcoming fundraising gala. The GEFFE gala will be held on Saturday, April 6, opening at 6 p.m. in the Grove Civic Center. From left are GEFFE board members Tom Riggs, Danielle Decker and Benee Masri; Dustin Matthews, Bank of Grove Chief Credit Officer; Kristi Wallace, GEFFE board president; and Gary Smith, Bank of Grove President. Tickets to the gala are available at the Bank of Grove, Grand Savings Bank, Arvest Bank, First National Bank and First Bank & Trust.
2013 Shining Star Nominees
GEFFE announced the seven finalists for the Shining Star Award for 2013 today. These teachers had submitted three different applications for grants that were felt to be most representative of GEFFE's goal of innovation in teaching. The winner(s) will be announced at the GEFFE spring GALA.
Pictured here are Charla Matthews and Susan Thompson. Their grant was entitled "Flip Out Over Math!"
A flipped classroom is one where a teacher records their lesson and lecture and
posts it on the internet using a program such a You Tube or Vimeo. The
links are then posted to the teacher's website. As homework, students
watch the lesson, and are able to do the assignment in class, where the teacher
is available for one on one instruction; "flipping" the normal instructional
model. This enables the teacher to spend more one on one time with
students, allows students to move at their own pace, work collaboratively with
each other and eliminates the distraction school activities sometimes
causes to the curriculum. A student will never miss a lesson due to a
track meet again! Teachers are allowed to truly gage student progress and
can quickly identify students who may need remediation or additional help.
Pictured from left to right are Stacey Millican, Keri Gregg,
Miranda Ward, Kathy Carper of the Grove Upper Elementary. Their grant was titled “The Magic of Literacy.” Interactive Read-Alouds, by Linda
Hoyt, provide a way to engage all students in a story and give them an
opportunity to enhance their imagination and creativity. It is an effective
strategy for introducing reading skills, and reading strategies, while
enhancing their literal and interpretive questioning in quadrant D of Core
Standards, and in six trait writing.
Valerie Epperson’s grant representing Grove High School was “Losing
Electrons in AP Chemistry…….Think Positive!!!!!” This grant has updated
the high school Chemistry Lab with the equipment and lab supplies aligned to
the AP Chemistry College Board requirements. It will prepare our top
students with valuable skills and experience they will need to compete in
colleges and universities across the nation by improving the Chemistry
laboratory to meet the specifications of Pre AP and AP Chemistry standards the
beginning of which will be available next fall.
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