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Centerville Education Foundation awarded 25 classroom grants worth $13,500 to educators across the district.

The Centerville Education Foundation recently awarded 25 grants, worth $13,500, to teachers in Centerville City Schools to use for classroom projects in the coming months. Recipients include:

  • Brenda Silverman, District K-8 Instructional Technology Coordinator, “Tech Time STEM Bins”

  • Christie Sanderman, District Secondary School Librarian, “Creative Engineering in the CHS Maker Lab using Lego”

  • Michele Ellinger, Elise Henderson, Amy Mount, Amy Nigro, Tiffaney Schaffer and Mary Smith, Primary Village North, “Let’s Get Muddy!”

  • Hailee Cain, Primary Village South, “First Grade Word Work Materials”

  • Amy Cowgill, Primary Village South, “Play and Take Math”

  • Jodi Gonzalez, Primary Village South, “The Makery”

  • Mackenzie Richards, Primary Village South, “Multi-Sensory Learning”

  • Susan Foy, Cline Elementary, “Sensory Path / Sensory Hallway”

  • Nikki Stasienko, Cline Elementary, “Creating Communities of Math Thinkers Through Board Games”

  • Paul Bizzarro, Lauren Chapman and Lynn DeClark, Driscoll Elementary, “Purposeful Podcast”

  • Katie Combs, Kelly Gartz, Tish Kemp, Taylor Mackell, Heather Price, Jessica Sanders and Summer Shaffer, Driscoll Elementary, “Home-A-Rama”

  • Sarah Clark and Emily Garrison, Normandy Elementary, “Creative Club”

  • Emily Garrison and Sarah Storer, Normandy Elementary, “Lego Lunch Club”

  • Emily Garrison and Brooke Ross, Normandy Elementary, “Normandy Sensory Room”

  • Erika Glavin, Jackie Harvey, Megan Johnson and Kim Whalen, Normandy Elementary, “Digital Book Talk Recording Studio”

  • Nicole McDonald, Stingley Elementary, “Play Therapy Sand Tray”

  • Craig Chabut, Stingley Elementary, “STEAM Arcade”

  • Amy Ward, Weller Elementary, “Why a Sensory Room?”

  • Julie Howard and Alyce Weikel, Magsig Middle School, “Pop Culture Magazines for Language Learners”

  • Ashleigh Isaacs, Tower Heights Middle School, “Foundations for Glass Fusing”

  • Rebecca Seuch and Christy Harrison, Tower Heights Middle School, “CARE Folders: Supporting PBIS and Executive Functioning for Middle Schoolers”

  • Beth Cahill, Melissa Lehmann, Nicole Mick and Christine Tamillo, Watts Middle School, “Paper Coasters”

  • Gretchen Jansen, Jaclyn Schick and Gabrielle Vouk, Watts Middle School, “3D Math”

  • Dalida Abboud, Amber Dailey, Kim Easley and Emily Schluter, Centerville High School, “La Bibliothèque Mobile - The Mobile French Library”

  • Lauren Spires, School of Possibilities, “Collaborative Mosaic Project”

Funds to support these teacher grants were donated by generous community members, parents, students and Centerville alumni.

“I am very excited and encouraged with the amount of community participation,” said Dave Garel, president of the CEF Board of Trustees. “When asked to help support education, our community really steps up!”

Grant applications were reviewed by a committee of teachers and Centerville Education Foundation members earlier this month, and recipients were recognized at the Centerville Board of Education meeting on Jan. 23.

The Centerville Education Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in 1983 to enrich the education program in the Centerville City Schools. As its name suggests, the Foundation is devoted exclusively to education enhancement with its primary responsibility being to gain support from individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations and distribute funds through a grant program for the benefit of students, faculty and staff. To support its grant objectives, the Foundation conducts fund-raising programs. All proceeds are used to enhance education in Centerville City Schools. Visit for more information.

Centerville City Schools serve more than 8,200 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility with more than 120 school buses that transport students daily to public and non-public schools. Visit for more information.