ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA—JUNE 13, 2011— The Rowland Unified Board of Education will recognize 12 teachers who will receive grants for needed classroom supplies from the Shirley Kaufman Memorial Fund on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the District Board Room. Teachers applied for the annual grant to help pay for supplies such as camcorders, music books, and other classroom materials.
Kaufman taught in Rowland for 22 years at Ybarra Elementary School from 1974-1979. The Shirley Kaufman Memorial Fund was established in 1990 by her husband, Sumner Kaufman, and his family as an indication of her outstanding contribution to the education of students and to the inspiration of teachers in the Rowland Unified School District. She is commemorated on a mural which was dedicated to her in 2008. The goal of the program is to support teachers who use their creativity to develop projects that go “over and above” to provide classroom experiences that benefit students directly, experiences or that reflect new ideas or techniques in the use of technology or original teaching methods.
The following teachers will be awarded the 2011-12 grants from the Shirley Kaufman Memorial Fund:
· 5th grade teacher Karoll Joson from Hollingworth Elementary will use her grant for a camcorder
· Kindergarten through 6th grade teacher Roseanne Forgette from Hurley Elementary will use her grant for a Rosewood Alto and a Xylophone
· 7th and 8th grade music teacher Laura Tovar from the Schools Division will use her grant for music books
· 5th grade teacher Rosemary Christensen from Shelyn Elementary will use her grant for Lego Mindstreams and Robotic kits
· 6th grade teacher Pamela Hessom from Shelyn Elementary will use her grant for an all-in-one printer and art supplies
· 6th grade teacher Charles Oldfield from Shelyn elementary will use the grant for Lego Mindstreams and Robotic kits
· 3rd through 6th grade teacher Susan Blanchard from Yorbita Elementary will use the grant for Magnetic Math Manipulatives
· 7th and 8th teacher from Alvarado Intermediate will use the grant for Playaway digital audio books
· 9th through 12th grade teacher James Ellison from Nogales High School will use the grant for a Canon Vixia camcorder and memory card
· 9th through 12th grade teacher Clare Ruesga from Rowland High School will use the grant for an X-box 360 Kinect starter bundle
· 9th grade teacher Sandy Wong from Rowland High School will use the grant for Stage C LBook Student Worktext
· 9th through 12th grade teacher Darlene McGrady from Santana High School will use the grant for a Snark guitar clip-on tuners and music stands
The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,500 students at 21 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit www.RowlandSchools.org.
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