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Watauga Education Foundation awards 27 grants to WCS educators

The Watauga Education Foundation recently awarded 27 classroom grants to educators in the Watauga County school system. The total amount of these grants was $29,055. 

The lead writers for awarded grants included Carol Critcher, Renee Kapp, Mitzi London, Joni Horine, Brittany Bolick, Carly Pugh, Olivia Boudwin, Kirbi Bell, Lauren Courtner, Carrie Ingram, Lauren Johnson, Allen Ingram, Alex Vines, Erik Mortensen, Mary Ruth Hagaman, Connie Peeler, Annie Russ, Susan Trew, Ashley Tate, Candis Walker, Amanda Quilliams, Shelby Hatton, Jackie Blow, Elisa Lovejoy, Gwendolyn Reeves, Haylee Bare and Sunnee Freed. 

WEF members visited all schools on Nov. 14 to surprise the lead writers and inform them of their selection as recipients for a 2023 classroom grant. Members who visited schools for the surprise presentations captured photos of their reaction and photos with school administrators.

Recipients were invited to participate in the Boone Holiday Parade on Dec. 9 with WEF. One recipient, Gwendolyn Reeves, joined WEF members, central office administrators and children to walk alongside the school bus decorated with fresh garland, wreaths and Watauga Education foundation banners. During the parade, pencils were handed out to parade attendees with the WEF logo on them to help spread the word about the nonprofit’s mission. All recipients were also invited to be recognized at the Dec. 11 Watauga County Board of Education meeting where those present introduced themselves and shared some information about their classroom grant project.Chairman of the Scholarships/Grant Committee Mitch Mayhew shared an overview of the 27 classroom grants that were awarded. WEF president Erika Hudspeth was also present to support recipients and recognize their accomplishment.

Celebrating our 2023 WEF grant recipients