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A+ Education Foundation Awards over $61,000 in Grants!

Contact: Cheryl Belk, (800) 252-8148, ext. 4390
educationfoundation@aplusfcu.org

A+ Education Foundation (Foundation), a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union announced the recipients of the Foundation’s 2010 Educator Grant Program. This year marks the 61st anniversary of the credit union and more than $61,000 awarded to 62 grant recipients! These funds cover the cost of programs, supplies, and training to improve the classroom experience for students in Central Texas.  This year’s 62 winning submissions included projects such as learning in an outdoor environment, a motor therapy and sensory room, integrating SMART board technology, daily reading club and a program with equine therapy for children with disabilities.

Grant Recipient

School

School District

Anna Pedroza

Ortega Elementary

Austin

Malia M. Muir

St Elmo Elementary

Austin

Florence “Gail” Laubenthal

Sanchez Elementary

Austin

Roger Alvarado

Ortega Elementary

Austin

Alicia C. Hill

Doss Elementary

Austin

Cindy J. St. John

Fulmore Middle School

Austin

Suzanna Ammenheuser

Casis Elementary

Austin

Barbara J. Wilson

Sanchez Elementary

Austin

Michelle L. Washington

Reagan High School

Austin

Kristy J. Hobart

Volma Overton Elementary

Austin

Stacey L. Shapiro

Zilker Elementary

Austin

Charles D. Moody

Akins High School

Austin

Eileen M. Brady

Ross Baldwin Elementary

Austin

Sarah E. Robertson

Metz Elementary

Austin

Giani Crow

Austin Peace Academy

Austin Peace Academy

Heather Wheeler

Bluebonnet Elementary

Bastrop

Amy R. Semer

Emile Elementary

Bastrop

Michelle L. Mohrmann

Brentwood Christian School

Brentwood Christian School

Shelley L. Peachey

Village Elementary

Georgetown

Lorraine D. Bonsall

Williams Elementary

Georgetown

Samantha Stevens

McCoy Elementary

Georgetown

Cheryl A. Spears

Ford Elementary

Georgetown

Marcie L. Lindsey

Mitchell Elementary

Georgetown

Jeanne M. Stewart

Lehman High School

Hays

Vicki  Thweatt

Bee Cave Elementary

Lake Travis

Annette Derrick

Bee Cave Elementary

Lake Travis

Faye Inglis

Bee Cave Elementary

Lake Travis

Deborah S. Simmons

Giddens Elementary

Leander

Carrie L. Culpepper Griffin

Central Administration

Manor

Tarryl J. Hyder

Manor High School

Manor

Nancy L. Fullerton

Westview Middle School

Pflugerville

Dawn B. Kennedy

Windermere Primary School

Pflugerville

Renata R. Geurtz

John B. Connally High School

Pflugerville

Hillary S. Brock

River Oaks Elementary

Pflugerville

Shannon Waites

Jollyville Elementary

Round Rock

Refugia  “Beth” Johnstone

Jollyville Elementary

Round Rock

Pamela G. Taylor

Brushy Creek Elementary

Round Rock

Kristina M. Caffey

Teravista Elementary

Round Rock

Jessica Niles Cheyney

Callison Elementary

Round Rock

Bonnie J. Davenport

Forest Creek Elementary

Round Rock

Deborah Lenz

Jollyville Elementary

Round Rock

Elizabeth A. Hodges

Union Hill Elementary

Round Rock

Emily J. Thurman

Purple Sage Elementary

Round Rock

Linda D. Wilcox

Live Oak Elementary

Round Rock

Janifer J. Wheeler

Laurel Mountain Elementary

Round Rock

Stephanie E. Poronsky

Callison Elementary

Round Rock

Kay Lynn Diamond

Union Hill Elementary

Round Rock

Nora G. Ogle

Live Oak Elementary

Round Rock

Teresa V. Shanahan

Caldwell Heights Elementary

Round Rock

Jennifer E. Weaver

Callison Elementary

Round Rock

Diana Garcia

Lorenzo DeZavala Elementary

San Marcos

Jacquelynn S. Norman

San Marcos High School

San Marcos

Chris L. Cooper

San Marcos High School

San Marcos

Sandra A. Reyes

Mendez Elementary

San Marcos

Melody Evers

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Marilyn Burns

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Lorna R. Jeter

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Susan H. Brown

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Robin A. Estepp

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Diane Spangenberg

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Kathryn M. Harrison

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

Erin K. Springs

Jacob’s Well Elementary

Wimberley

The Foundation also continues to offer an Honorary Grant Program in which grants are awarded, in a name designated by contributors, in the amount of $1,000. This year’s recipient of The Kate Loftis Memorial Education Grant, awarded on behalf of Dennis and Cindy Loftis, is Florence “Gail” Laubenthal from Sanchez Elementary in Austin ISD.  Her grant program is entitled Reading Buddy Backpacks. Kate Loftis who was born January 31, 1900 was a life-long teacher who obtained her teaching certificate from what is now Texas State University. At age 20, she began teaching in schools around Travis County until her retirement in 1945. She then began teaching veterans returning from World War II and continued teaching until her mid 90’s, travelling from her care facility to a local elementary school to teach reading.  

Kerry A.S. Parker, President of the Foundation notes, “How pleased we are to award and fund these important and creative projects for educators in Central Texas.  Implementation of the grants will enhance the educators’ teaching as well as positively impact their students and campuses. With tight budgets, the funds for these programs have been more difficult than ever to attain. A+ Federal Credit Union was founded by teachers in 1949 and remains committed to giving back to the educational community through our grant and other programs.”

A+ Education Foundation – A+ Education Foundation was established and developed by A+ Federal Credit Union in 2005 to provide grants to full-time PreK-12 educators in reaching their educational goals.  Since its inception, the Foundation has given over $243,000 in grants.  These grants help fund programs and training for educators in the communities served by A+ Federal Credit Union.  For more information or to find out how to support teachers in your area, click on the A+ Education Foundation link at aplusfcu.org/grants.

A+ Federal Credit Union – With 12 Austin area locations, more than $781 million in assets, and over 88,000 members that include not only educators, students, and their families, but other members of the community as well, A+FCU has grown to become one of the largest credit unions in Austin. To find out more, visit the website at aplusfcu.org.   


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