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Virginia Journal of Education


Mini-Grants Fund Members'
Deserving Classroom Projects

Through the Mini-Grants program, VEA’s Office of Teaching and Learning helps deserving members around the state launch projects every year that they might not otherwise have been able to fund. For the coming school year, each of the following educators received up to $500 to make their innovative classroom projects a reality:

• Karla Kirtley of the Albemarle Education Association, for “The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind, Soakin’ up the Sun, and Whirlin’ in the Water!”

• Marie White of the Albemarle Education Association, for “Balance Balls as Classroom Seating for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Other Disabilities.”

• Debbie Somers of the Carroll Education Association, for “Picture This: Great Books for Reading.”

• Marsha Vass of the Floyd County Education Association, for “Critical Thinking in History.”

• Nancy King of the Fluvanna Education Association, for “Turtles!”

• Antonia Greene of the Hopewell Education Association for “Community Smiles Service Garden.”

• LaVera Hamilton of the King and Queen Education Association, for “Take-Home Literacy Bags.”

• Pamela Zemlan of the Prince William Education Association, for “Virginia Travels.”

• Joe Moore of the Roanoke County Education Association, for “Exploring Alternative Fuels Available for Transportation.”

• Lea Farrish of the Waynesboro Education Association, for “It’s Our Classroom, Too!”


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