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VEA Names 2009-10
Mini-Grant Winners

Each year, the VEA’s Office of Teaching and Learning awards mini-grants of $500 to $1,000 to members around the state to fund innovative classroom projects. Here are the 2009-10 awardees and their projects:

Kim Beuerle of the Lynchburg Education Association, for “Second Grade Grows”;
Colleen Boles of the Montgomery County Education Association, for “Enhancing Learning Through Media Opportunities”;
Sharon Carino of the Gloucester Education Association, for “The Big Green Movie-Making Machine”;
Susan Kelley of the Richmond Education Association, for “Medieval Architecture for the Fifth Grade”;
Sydney Minter of the Newport News Education Association, for “Poetry in Motion”;
Deborah Polhemus of the Arlington Education Association, for “Keeping Hispanics in School Through Parent Advocacy”;
Janice Quinn of the Fairfax Education Association, for “Watershed Education”;
Debbie Somers of the Carroll Education Association, for “Bagging Up a Good Time”; and
Cindy Sweeder of the Fairfax Education Association, for “Art Smart.”

The deadline for applying for a 2010-11 grant is June, 1, 2010. For more information, visit the VEA’s website,

NEA Forms Partnership
to Lower Dropout Rate

About a million high school students drop out annually—a figure that must be dramatically reduced. To help do that, the NEA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have joined together in a partnership to advance dropout prevention efforts, promote high school graduation, and increase public engagement, especially in minority communities.

BGCA has more than 4,300 clubs, serving some 4.5 million young people. “We need partners like Boys & Girls Clubs of America, that have a proven track record in helping young people and their families,” says Lily Eskelsen, NEA’s vice president. “This partnership will help us to reach an even greater number of youth with targeted initiatives and programs that will help to reverse the alarming dropout rate.”

NEA to Fund Teams
to IAQ Symposium

Concerned about what you’re breathing all day in your school building? NEA’s Health Information Network (NEA HIN) is offering funding to send up to 11 teams of members and Association staff to the 10th EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium in Washington, D.C. in January.

As in the past, NEA HIN will also hold a pre-symposium to the event, focusing on how local associations can organize around the issue of poor indoor air quality.

For more information, contact Jennie Young, IAQ in Schools Program Coordinator (202-822-7481; or go to

Deadline for application packages is November 9.



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