LITTLE ROCK, Ark., January 26, 2007 — The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation honored 20 Arkansas educators at an awards luncheon on Jan. 24 in Little Rock. The winning teachers received $500 mini grant awards for creative ideas they will bring to life in the classroom.
The 10 elementary and 10 secondary teachers in Arkansas public schools claimed a total of $10,000 in mini grants. The Arkansas Community Foundation administers the program.
This year’s winners are:
- Nancy Lowery, Bates Elementary, Little Rock
- Debra West, Central Elementary Math & Science Magnet, Batesville
- Beth Jackson, De Queen Elementary, De Queen
- Verna L. Boxnick, Dover Middle, Dover
- Karen Norton, Eastside Elementary, Warren
- Tim Booth, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Achievement Academy, Jonesboro
- Sue Sanders, Kingsland Elementary, Rison
- Allan W. Geery, Norfolk Elementary, Norfolk
- Chris Horne, Otter Creek Elementary, Little Rock
- Laura A. Woodall, Sheridan Intermediate, Sheridan
- Dr. Patrycia A. Krakowiak, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, Hot Springs
- Tina Manning, Bryant High, Bryant
- Dwight Daugherty, Cabot High, Cabot
- Sandy Williams and Jeff Woods, Dardanelle High, Dardanelle
- Dennis Thurman, Drew Central High, Monticello
- Virginia Brandt, McNair Middle, Fayetteville
- Jerri Emrick, Ozark Junior High, Ozark
- Angela Jacobs Burton, Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High, Little Rock
- Lora Hendrix, Russellville High, Russellville
- Philip Collins, Star City High, Star City
“These teachers’ imaginations are apparent even with the project titles. Oh, It’s Just Water under the Bridge and Growing Is Knowing are just two of many,” said Kathy Stacey, Weyerhaeuser public affairs manager. “When these projects hit the classrooms, it will make it more fun for the students to learn math, science and the environment. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is a non-profit organization funded from the earnings of Weyerhaeuser Company. The international forest products firm manages more than 700,000 acres of commercial timberland in Arkansas and has operations or offices in Russellville, Magnolia, Dierks, De Queen, Emerson, Fort Smith and Hot Springs. The mission of the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation is to improve the quality of life in communities where Weyerhaeuser has a presence, and to increase understanding of the importance and sustainability of forests and the products they provide to meet people’s needs.
The Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF) was incorporated in 1976 as an independent philanthropic organization serving donors, the nonprofit sector, and the communities of Arkansas. The Foundation manages more than 1,000 individual charitable funds and its assets exceed $100 million. As Arkansas’ only statewide community foundation, ARCF has dramatically furthered its efforts to build philanthropic resources by developing a network of 25 affiliates. ARCF and the affiliates directly serve 34 counties. One of the state's 10 largest foundations, ARCF has made grants totaling more than $45 million during its 30-year history. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its affiliates are fully tax-deductible.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2005, sales were $22.6 billion. It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at http://www.weyerhaeuser.com.
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