Local Teachers Awarded $23,000

The Community Partner Education Grant (CPEG) committee announces that it awarded $23,850 in grants to thirty-seven teachers in both Grays Harbor and Mason Counties in Washington State.


2019 CPEG committee members from left to right: Chris Pfeiffer (Our Community Credit Union), Kristi Templeton (Our Community Credit Union), Julie Rowan (Belco Forest Products), Darren Eisele (Our Community Credit Union), Dick Case (Green Diamond Resource Company), and Billy Thomas (Hood Canal Communications).  Not pictured are Jacquelin Earley (Sierra Pacific Foundation), Stacie Tobey (Vaughan Co, Inc), Allison Barnes (Simpson Door Company), and Kelly Almonte (Shelton Dental Center & Elma Family Dentistry).

A wide variety of unique projects and programs were funded, such as a trip to a vertical wind tunnel, digital cameras and 3D printers, and learning expeditions in the great outdoors*.  Usually teachers would have to pay for these items or programs themselves, as typically funds are not available through regular school district resources.  A complete list of approved grants is available at ourcu.com/cpeg-grants-awarded.

This is the fifth year that CPEG has been able to award grants of up to $1,000 to local educators.  The committee approved 95% of the applications this cycle.  The partnership is comprised of nine local businesses, including Belco Forest Products, Elma Family Dental, Green Diamond Resource Company, Hood Canal Communications, Our Community Credit Union, Shelton Dental Center, Sierra Pacific Foundation, Simpson Door Company, and Vaughan Co, Inc.  Since its inception, the dollar amount and number of approved grants has nearly doubled.

Founded in 2014, the Community Partners Education Grant (CPEG) has awarded over $90,000 of K-12 grant requests.  This unique program provides funding for educational projects and programs while allowing teachers great flexibility to develop them.  CPEG is local businesses supporting local educators with funds to enrich the student’s learning environment.

For information, please visit the CPEG Facebook page, facebook.com/CPEGrants/.

* A few additional projects include special education programs, books, GED testing, robotics equipment, art materials, welding fabrication tools, and graphing calculators.

CPEG Awarded Grants for 2018/19 School Year

TeacherSchoolGradeProject/Program
Diana SmithBeacon ElementaryK,1,2Supporting Readers through Book Ownership
Brian WirzbickiBordeaux Elementary4JA BizTown
Julie CrawfordEast Grays Harbor High School9,10,11,12GED Testing Support
Alyssa MaslenElma Elementary SchoolKSteps to Social Success: Kindergarten Style
Chris ScofieldElma Elementary SchoolK,1,2Teach Town Social Skills Curriculum Spec Ed
Debbie WoodruffElma Elementary SchoolKSensory Work Stations
Kim Clark/Ilene WadeElma Elementary SchoolKClass-to-Home Reading Program
Becki SpiveyElma High School9,10,11,12Special Education Class Curriculum & Materials
Chris Aiken/Rachelle RidoutElma High School9,10,11,12Elma Math Department
Emily BucyElma High School9,10,11,12Special Education Lifeskills
Kerry MurphyElma High School10,11,12Mini Q’s in US History & Economics
Wendy BeldinElma High School9,10,11,12Positive Behavior Intervention & Support
Kim HinderlieElma Middle School8Books for Homeroom!
Lori CarossinoElma Middle School7Road Trip Washington
Aide VillalobosEvergreen Elementary2Young Ornithologists
Katie PitroffGrapeview SchoolKUnit Blocks for STEM
Alexia HadfieldHawkins Middle School7,8Science/CTE/Project Lead the Way
Austin CrossmanHood Canal ElementaryK-4Sensory Items
Brenda Kabat / Laurie ByrdHood Canal School8iFLY day of STEM
Melanie Lankford / Kelsey ParksHood Canal School2Mapping the Skokomish
Mandy BiggsMcCleary School3Lets Get Outside and Explore
Candace RanneyMt View ElementaryK,1,2,3,4,5Digital Photography/Yearbook
Colin McGraneOakland Bay Jr High8,9Chess Team
Mark MacLeanOakland Bay Jr High8,9Dress for Success!
Aimee KeiperOlympic Middle School6,73d printer
Daniel DeaconPioneer Middle School6,7,8Photo Studio/Yearbook
Jacob FullingtonShelton High School10,11,12Engineering, CAD, Electronics
Jennifer SimpsonShelton High School10,11,12FBLA
Matt GordonShelton High School9,10,11,12Skills USA
Matthew MontoyaShelton High School9,10,11,12Fabrication Table Clamps
Robin ClareyShelton High School8,9,10,11,12Shelton High School Robotics
Sherry SimonShelton High School10,11,12Skills USA Photography
Candace HollatzSimpson Elementary5Lessons Learned to Outdoor Science
Emily EggerSimpson Elementary3,4,5,6Reusable Items & Simpson Snack Program
Erica FredricksonSimpson Elementary4Squaxin Island Museum & Library Research Ctr
Lynn CranstonSimpson Elementary3Art Integration